Chairman Response Regarding Navajo pillars Telecom Inc
FEDERAL COMMUN ICAT IONS COMM I SSION
W AS HIN GTON
July 18, 2014
The Honorable Ann Kirkpatrick
U.S. House of Representatives
330 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Congresswoman Kirkpatrick:
Thank you for your letter supporting the pending petition by Navajo Pillars
Telecommunications, Inc. (NPT), for designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier
(ETC). NPT has also filed for a waiver of several related rules, including a waiver of the
definition of the "Study Area" boundary rules codified in part 36 of the Commission's rules.
Your views are very important and will be included in the record of the proceeding and
considered as part of the Commission's review.
On October 30, 2013, the Commission's Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) released
a Public Notice seeking comment on NPT's petition and related waivers. Most petitions for
study area waiver are routine in nature and granted as filed without modification under the
Commission's streamlined procedures that were created specifically to address routine study area
waivers. Given the complexities of the issues raised in NPT's petition, however, the Bureau
found it should be subject to further analysis. The petition and waiver requests are currently
under review, and I can assure you that the Bureau is making every effort to conclude its review
as quickly and equitably as possible.
I appreciate your interest in this matter.
Please let me know if I can be of any further