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Released: February 26, 2010


Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.


Washington, D.C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

DA 10-350

Released: February 26, 2010




WC Docket No. 10-50

Comp. Pol. File No. 929

Comments Due: March 15, 2010

Section 214 Application
Applicant: Comcast Phone of Northern Virginia, Inc. d/b/a Comcast Digital Phone of Northern


February 1, 2010, Comcast Phone of Northern Virginia, Inc. d/b/a Comcast Digital Phone

of Northern Virginia (Comcast or Applicant), located at

One Comcast Center, 50th Floor, Philadelphia,
PA 19103

, 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 the provision of
certain domestic telecommunications services in Virginia.
Comcast indicates that it currently provides interstate and intrastate telecommunications services
throughout Virginia. Comcast states, however, that it now intends to discontinue its provision of certain
telecommunications services, offered to the public under the brand name “Comcast Digital Phone,” in
Northern Virginia. According to Comcast, the anticipated date for the proposed discontinuance is March
31, 2010, or as soon thereafter as the necessary state and federal approvals can be obtained. Comcast
explains that the proposed March 31, 2010 disconnection will be a “soft disconnect” and that customers in
the affected location will continue to be able to call emergency services by dialing 911, and to call the
Comcast Phone call center until April 30, 2010, or one month after the authorized disconnection date.
Comcast states that it will assist affected customers during their transition to alternative service providers,
and that it will continue to provide other telecommunications services in Virginia. Comcast indicates that
it informed all affected customers of the proposed discontinuance by letters sent via first class U.S. Mail
on January 30, 2010. Comcast asserts that it is non-dominant in the local exchange, interstate, and
interexchange services markets.
In accordance with section 63.71(c) of the Commission’s rules, Comcast’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 Comcast that the grant will not be automatically effective. In its application and
notice to customers, Comcast indicates that it anticipates discontinuing service on or after March 31,
2010, subject to regulatory approval. Accordingly, pursuant to section 63.71(c) and the terms of
Comcast’s application and notice, absent further Commission action, Comcast may terminate its Comcast
Digital Phone service in Northern Virginia on or after

March 31, 2010

. 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.
This proceeding is considered a “permit but disclose” proceeding for purposes of the
Commission’s ex parte rules, 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200-1.1216. Comments objecting to this application must
be filed with the Commission on or before

March 15, 2010

. Such comments should refer to

WC Docket
No. 10-50 and Comp. Pol. File No. 929

. Comments should include specific information about the
impact of this proposed discontinuance 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 filed through the ECFS can be sent as an electronic file via the Internet to 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 may also submit an electronic comment by Internet e-
mail. To get filing instructions for e-mail comments, filers should send an e-mail to, and
include the following words in the body of the message, “get form.” A sample form and directions will
be sent in response.
Parties who choose to file by paper must send an original and four copies of the comments to the
Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room TW-A325,
Washington, D.C. 20554. 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.

December 28, 2009, the Commission’s contractor will only receive hand-delivered or messenger-
delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary at the FCC Headquarters building, located
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 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 mail, Express, and Priority mail should
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.
The application will be available for public inspection and copying during regular business hours
at the FCC Reference Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-A257, Washington, D.C.
20554, (202) 418-0270. A copy of the application may also be purchased from the Commission’s
duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington,
D.C. 20554, telephone (202) 488-5300, facsimile (202) 488-5563, or via e-mail at
FCC@BCPIWEB.COM. 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 or
call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (tty).

For further information, contact Carmell Weathers, (202) 418-2325 (voice),, or Rodney McDonald, (202) 418-7513 (voice),, 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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