Comments Invited on Application of ABC Telcom, Inc. d/b/a Homefone
Federal Communications Commission
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: October 22, 2012
COMMENTS INVITED ON APPLICATION OF ABC TELCOM, INC. D/B/A HOMEFONE
TO DISCONTINUE DOMESTIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES
WC Docket No. 12-309
Comp. Pol. File No. 1056
Comments Due: November 6, 2012
Section 214 Application
Applicant: ABC Telcom, Inc. d/b/a homefone
September 25, 2012, ABC Telcom, Inc. d/b/a homefone(Homefone or Applicant), located at
3100 Ridgelake Drive, Suite 206, Metairie, LA 70002, filed an application with the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) requesting authority, under section 214 of the
Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. § 214, and section 63.71 of the Commission’s
rules, 47 C.F.R. § 63.71, to discontinue certain domestic telecommunications services in Louisiana.
Homefone indicates that it currently offers prepaid wireline service packages in Louisiana
including resold residential local exchange services and interexchange services (intrastate and interstate).1
Homefone explains that its customers purchase these prepaid services on a monthly basis and that
customer “renewal” dates occur throughout each month, based upon the time when individual customers
started service. Homefone states that, in response to changing market conditions, it has determined that it
is no longer feasible to offer its current prepaid wireline service packages. Homefone indicates that it has
therefore decided to discontinue its prepaid wireline residential local exchange and interexchange services
in Louisiana. Homefone specifies that it plans to discontinue services on a schedule synchronized to each
customer’s renewal date starting on or about November 25, 2012 and ending on or about December 25,
2012, subject to regulatory approval. According to Homefone, written notice of the planned
discontinuance was sent to affected customers by first-class mail on September 25, 2012. Homefone
indicates that the notice to customers identifies each customer’s specific discontinuance date and provides
a toll-free telephone number for customers to call Homefone service representatives for assistance with
the proposed transition. In addition, Homefone emphasizes that, notwithstanding the staggered
discontinuance dates, all customer notices will have been sent at least 60 days in advance of the planned
discontinuance. Homefone maintains that its approach to this discontinuance will create the least
disruption for its customers and that the planned discontinuance will not result in harm to affected
customers because equivalent service offerings are available from other carriers, including the underlying
carriers whose services Homefone resells. Homefone adds that one or more other carriers in Louisiana
provide similar prepaid packages and that many more carriers, including the incumbent carrier, provide
these services on a post-paid basis. Homefone represents that it is non-dominant with respect to the
services it proposes to discontinue.
1 Homefone states that it currently does not have any interexchange services customers.
In accordance with section 63.71(c) of the Commission’s rules, Homefone’s application will be
deemed to be granted automatically on the 31st day after the release date of this public notice, unless the
Commission notifies Homefone that the grant will not be automatically effective. In its application,
Homefone indicates that it plans to discontinue prepaid wireline residential local exchange and
interexchange services in Louisiana on a schedule synchronized to each customer’s renewal date starting
on or about November 25, 2012, subject to Commission authorization. Accordingly, pursuant to section
63.71(c) and the terms of Homefone’s application, absent further Commission action, Homefone may
terminate prepaid wireline residential local exchange and interexchange services in Louisiana on or after
November 25, 2012, in accordance with Homefone’s filed representations. The Commission normally
will authorize proposed discontinuances of service unless it is shown that customers or other end users
would be unable to receive service or a reasonable substitute from another carrier, or that the public
convenience and necessity would be otherwise adversely affected.
Comments objecting to this application must be filed with the Commission on or before
November 6, 2012. Such comments should refer to
WC Docket No. 12-309 and Comp. Pol. File No.
on the commenter, including any inability to acquire reasonable substitute service. Comments may be
filed using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) or by filing paper copies. See
Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 FR 24121 (1998). Comments may be
filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the ECFS: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/. Filers should
follow the instructions provided on the Web site for submitting comments. Generally, only one copy of
an electronic submission must be filed. In completing the transmittal screen, filers should include their
full name, U.S. Postal Service mailing address, and the applicable docket or rulemaking number.
Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing. 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. All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper
filings for the Commission’s Secretary must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th Street, S.W.,
Room TW-A325, Washington, D.C. 20554. The filing hours are Monday through Friday, 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, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554.
Two copies of the comments should also be sent to the Competition Policy Division, Wireline
Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room 5-C140,
Washington, D.C. 20554, Attention: Carmell Weathers. In addition, comments should be served upon the
Applicant. Commenters are also requested to fax their comments to the FCC at (202) 418-1413,
Attention: Carmell Weathers.
This proceeding is considered a “permit but disclose” proceeding for purposes of 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
2 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
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.
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Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (tty).
For further information, contact Carmell Weathers, (202) 418-2325 (voice),
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Kimberly Jackson, (202) 418-7393 (voice), email@example.com, of
the Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau. The tty number is (202) 418-0484. For
further information on procedures regarding section 214 please visit
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