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Released: November 9, 2012

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

Washington, D.C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

DA 12-1822

Released: November 9, 2012

COMMENTS INVITED ON APPLICATION OF AT&T SERVICES INC. ON BEHALF OF

AT&T ARKANSAS; AT&T CALIFORNIA; AT&T CONNECTICUT; AT&T ILLINOIS; AT&T

INDIANA; AT&T KANSAS; AT&T MICHIGAN; AT&T MISSOURI; AT&T NEVADA; AT&T

OHIO; AT&T OKLAHOMA; AT&T TEXAS AND AT&T WISCONSIN TO DISCONTINUE

DOMESTIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES

WC Docket No. 12-323

Comp. Pol. File No. 1061

Comments Due: November 26, 2012

Section 214 Application
Applicant: AT&T Services Inc. on behalf of Illinois Bell Telephone Company d/b/a AT&T Illinois;
Indiana Bell Telephone Company, Inc. d/b/a AT&T Indiana; Michigan Bell Telephone Company
d/b/a AT&T Michigan; Nevada Bell Telephone Company d/b/a AT&T Nevada; The Ohio Bell
Telephone Company d/b/a AT&T Ohio; Pacific Bell Telephone Company d/b/a AT&T California;
The Southern New England Telephone Company d/b/a AT&T Connecticut; Southwestern Bell
Telephone Company d/b/a AT&T Arkansas, AT&T Kansas, AT&T Missouri, AT&T Oklahoma
and AT&T Texas; and Wisconsin Bell, Inc. d/b/a AT&T Wisconsin

On

October 15, 2012, AT&T Services Inc.

(AT&T or Applicant) filed an application with the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) on behalf of its affiliates,

Illinois Bell
Telephone Company d/b/a AT&T Illinois; Indiana Bell Telephone Company, Inc. d/b/a AT&T
Indiana; Michigan Bell Telephone Company d/b/a AT&T Michigan; Nevada Bell Telephone
Company d/b/a AT&T Nevada; The Ohio Bell Telephone Company d/b/a AT&T Ohio; Pacific Bell
Telephone Company d/b/a AT&T California; The Southern New England Telephone Company
d/b/a AT&T Connecticut; Southwestern Bell Telephone Company d/b/a AT&T Arkansas, AT&T
Kansas, AT&T Missouri, AT&T Oklahoma and AT&T Texas; and Wisconsin Bell, Inc. d/b/a
AT&T Wisconsin

(AT&T Affiliates), located at

One AT&T Way, Rm 5C222K, Bedminster, NJ
07921

, 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 a certain
domestic telecommunications service in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas,
Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin (collectively Service Areas). With
an amendment filed on November 8, 2012, AT&T corrected certain deficiencies in its application and
updated the record regarding revised notice to customers. Accordingly, AT&T’s application is deemed
complete as of November 8, 2012.
AT&T indicates that the AT&T Affiliates currently offer Multi-service Optical Network (MON
Ring) service in the Service Areas. AT&T explains that MON Ring service provides high volume optical
transport utilizing multiplexing technology in a dedicated ring configuration. AT&T specifies that MON
Ring service supplies dedicated capacity over a single pair of fibers in two directions that increases
capacity without limiting customer-required data interfaces. According to AT&T, however, there is a low

market demand for MON Ring service, so the AT&T Affiliates plan to discontinue the service. AT&T
indicates that, on or after December 1, 2012, subject to Commission authorization, the AT&T Affiliates
plan to no longer offer MON Ring service to new customers and plan to impose certain restrictions on
service to existing customers. AT&T specifies that, effective December 1, 2012, subject to Commission
authorization, the AT&T Affiliates plan to no longer allow existing customers to renew term payment
plans, enter into new term agreements, or add new MON Ring service nodes at new locations, although
existing customers will be allowed to modify their existing MON Ring service to add new circuits
between existing node locations. AT&T asserts that the AT&T Affiliates plan to no longer accept move,
add or change orders of any type for existing MON Ring service effective December 1, 2016. In addition,
AT&T clarifies that, upon expiration of existing term agreements, the AT&T Affiliates will continue to
provide MON Ring service on a month-to-month basis until the service is discontinued entirely, which is
currently planned for September 30, 2017. AT&T maintains that the public convenience and necessity
will not be impaired by the proposed discontinuance because there is very low market demand for the
service and a variety of transport services are readily available from AT&T and other providers including
AT&T Ultravailable Network Service. AT&T indicates that affected customers were sent letters
regarding the proposed discontinuance via U.S. mail on October 15, 2012, and that affected customers
also were notified with revised letters sent in accordance with section 63.71 of the Commission’s rules on
November 2, 2012. AT&T asserts that the AT&T Affiliates offer MON Ring service pursuant to non-
dominant carrier regulation.
In accordance with section 63.71(c) of the Commission’s rules, AT&T’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 AT&T that the grant will not be automatically effective. In the application, AT&T
indicates that the AT&T Affiliates plan to discontinue offering MON Ring service to new customers and
plan to impose certain restrictions on service to existing customers in the Service Areas on or after
December 1, 2012, subject to Commission authorization. AT&T asserts that the AT&T Affiliates also
plan to no longer accept move, add or change orders of any type for existing MON Ring service effective
December 1, 2016. AT&T clarifies that, upon expiration of existing contracts, the AT&T Affiliates will
continue to provide MON Ring service to existing customers on a month-to-month basis until the service
is discontinued entirely, which is currently planned for September 30, 2017. Accordingly, pursuant to
section 63.71(c) and the terms of the application, absent further Commission action, the AT&T Affiliates
may cease to offer MON Ring service to new customers and may impose restrictions on service to
existing customers in the Service Areas on or after

December 10, 2012

, in accordance with AT&T’s filed
representations. In addition, pursuant to section 63.71(c) and the terms of the application, absent further
Commission action, the AT&T Affiliates may cease to accept move, add or change orders of any type for
existing MON Ring service in the Service Areas on or after December 1, 2016, and may discontinue
MON Ring service in the Service Areas on or after September 30, 2017, in accordance with AT&T’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 26, 2012

. Such comments should refer to

WC Docket No. 12-323 and Comp. Pol. File No.
1061

. 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 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.
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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.1 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.
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).
For further information, contact Carmell Weathers, (202) 418-2325 (voice),
carmell.weathers@fcc.gov, or Rodney McDonald, (202) 418-7513 (voice), rodney.mcdonald@fcc.gov, 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
http://www.fcc.gov/wcb/cpd/other_adjud.
– FCC –


1 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
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