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Comment Sought on Central Arkansas Telephone Cooperative, Inc. Request

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Released: January 6, 2014
PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St., S.W.

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Washington, D.C. 20554

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DA 14-1

Released: January 6, 2014

REQUEST OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS TELEPHONE COOPERATIVE, INC., FOR

AUTHORITY TO INCLUDE IN ITS RATE BASE THE INTERSTATE PORTION OF

THE PREPAID ACCUMULATED POST-RETIREMENT BENEFITS IN ACCOUNT

1410, OTHER NONCURRENT ASSETS

WCB/Pricing No. 13-2

WC Docket No. 13-321

Comment Date: January 27, 2014

On May 9, 2012, Central Arkansas Telephone Cooperative, Inc., (Central Arkansas) filed a letter
requesting authority to include in its rate base the interstate portion of the prepaid post-employment health
care and life insurance benefits recorded in Account 1410, Other noncurrent assets.1 Central Arkansas
uses a pre-funded trust for the retirement benefits, which had a prepaid balance relating to post-retirement
health and life insurance benefits of $1,518,069 as of December 31, 2011.
Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.415, 1.419,
interested parties may file comments on or before the date indicated above. Comments may be filed using
the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). See Electronic Filing of Documents in
Rulemaking Proceedings
, 63 FR 24121 (1998).

Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the
ECFS: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/.

Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing.
If more than one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding, filers
must submit two additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number.
Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-
class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary,
Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.

1 Letter from Steve Faris, General Manager, Central Arkansas Telephone Cooperative, Inc., to Trent Harkrader,
Chief, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications
Commission (dated May 9, 2012).


All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary must be
delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th Street, SW, Room TW-A325, Washington, DC
20554. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries must be held together with
rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes and boxes must be disposed of before entering the
building.

Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must
be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.

U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th Street,
SW, Washington D.C. 20554.
People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities
(Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice) or (202) 418-0432 (tty).
The proceeding this Notice initiates shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in
accordance with the Commission’s ex parte rules.2 Persons making ex parte presentations must file a
copy of any written presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two
business days after the presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies).
Persons making oral ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentation
must (1) list all persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte
presentation was made, and (2) summarize all data presented and arguments made during the
presentation. If the presentation consisted in whole or in part of the presentation of data or arguments
already reflected in the presenter’s written comments, memoranda or other filings in the proceeding, the
presenter may provide citations to such data or arguments in his or her prior comments, memoranda, or
other filings (specifying the relevant page and/or paragraph numbers where such data or arguments can be
found) in lieu of summarizing them in the memorandum. Documents shown or given to Commission
staff during ex parte meetings are deemed to be written ex parte presentations and must be filed
consistent with rule 1.1206(b). In proceedings governed by rule 1.49(f) or for which the Commission has
made available a method of electronic filing, written ex parte presentations and memoranda summarizing
oral ex parte presentations, and all attachments thereto, must be filed through the electronic comment
filing system available for that proceeding, and must be filed in their native format (e.g., .doc, .xml, .ppt,
searchable .pdf). Participants in this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission’s ex
parte
rules.
For further information, please contact Art Gunaratne, Wireline Competition Bureau, Pricing
Policy Division, at (202) 418-1520 or via e-mail at Athula.Gunaratne@fcc.gov.
- FCC -

2 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.

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