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Comment Sought on Domestic 214 Transfer of Freeconference.com to Iotum

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Released: November 19, 2012

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

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DA 12-1868

Released: November 19, 2012

DOMESTIC SECTION 214 APPLICATION FILED FOR THE TRANSFER OF CONTROL OF

GLOBAL CONFERENCE PARTNERS FROM FREECONFERENCE.COM, INC.

TO IOTUM INC.

STREAMLINED PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED

WC Docket No. 12-329

Comments Due: December 3, 2012
Reply Comments Due: December 10, 2012

On November 5, 2012, Freeconference.com, Inc. and Iotum Inc. (together, Applicants) filed an
application pursuant to section 63.03 of the Commission’s rules1 to transfer control of Global Conference
Partners from Freeconference.com, Inc. to Iotum Inc.
Freeconference.com, Inc. is a Delaware holding company that wholly owns Global Conference
Partners, a California corporation that provides nationwide teleconferencing services.
Freeconference.com, Inc. is owned by American Capital, Ltd. (70 percent) and American Capital Equity
I, LLC (30 percent), both U.S. entities. Iotum Inc., a Delaware corporation, also provides nationwide
teleconferencing services. The following Canadian entities and Canadian citizens, own at least 10 percent
of the equity of Iotum Inc.: Middlebrook Corporation (34.6 percent), 1788363 Ontario Inc. (19.8
percent),2 Howard Thaw (12.5 percent), and Alec Saunders (13.8 percent). Applicants state that no other
person or entity owns a 10 percent or greater direct or indirect interest in Iotum Inc. and that none of the
current owners has interests in any other telecommunications entity.
Pursuant to the terms of the proposed transaction, Iotum Inc. will acquire 100 percent of Global
Conference Partners, which will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Iotum Inc. Applicants assert
that the proposed transaction is entitled to presumptive streamlined treatment under section 63.03(b)(2)(i)
of the Commission’s rules and that a grant of the application will serve the public interest, convenience,
and necessity.3


1 47 C.F.R § 63.03; see 47 U.S.C. § 214. Applicants filed a supplement to their application on November 16, 2012.
2 Applicants state that the Chief Executive Officer of Middlebrook Corporation is Randall Howard, a Canadian
citizen, and the Chief Executive Officer of 1788363 Corporation is James Estill, also a Canadian citizen.
3 47 C.F.R. § 63.03(b)(2)(i).

Domestic Section 214 Application Filed for the Transfer of Control of Global Conference
Partners from Freeconference.com, Inc., to Iotum Inc., WC Docket No. 12-329 (filed
Nov. 5, 2012).

GENERAL INFORMATION

The transfer of control identified herein has been found, upon initial review, to be acceptable for
filing as a streamlined application. The Commission reserves the right to return any transfer application
if, upon further examination, it is determined to be defective and not in conformance with the
Commission’s rules and policies. Pursuant to section 63.03(a) of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR §
63.03(a), interested parties may file comments on or before December 3, 2012, and reply comments on
or before December 10, 2012.
Pursuant to section 63.52 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 63.52,
commenters must serve a copy of comments on the Applicants no later than the above comment filing
date. Unless otherwise notified by the Commission, the Applicants may transfer control on the 31st day
after the date of this notice.4
Pursuant to section 63.03 of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR § 63.03, parties to this proceeding
should file any documents in this proceeding using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System
(ECFS): http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/.

In addition, e-mail one copy of each pleading to each of the following

:
1) Jodie May, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, jodie.may@fcc.gov;
2) Myrva Charles, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau,
myrva.charles@fcc.gov;
3) Jim Bird, Office of General Counsel, jim.bird@fcc.gov.
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), (202) 418-0432 (tty).
The proceeding in this Notice shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in
accordance with the Commission’s ex parte rules.5 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


4 Such authorization is conditioned upon receipt of any other necessary approvals from the Commission in
connection with the proposed transaction.
5 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.

consistent with rule 1.1206(b), 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206(b). Participants in this proceeding should familiarize
themselves with the Commission’s ex parte rules.
For further information, please contact Jodie May at (202) 418-0913 or Myrva Charles at (202)
418-1506.
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