Discontinuance Application Of AT&T Services, Inc.
Federal Communications Commission
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: April 14, 2014
COMMENTS INVITED ON APPLICATION OF AT&T SERVICES, INC. ON BEHALF OF
SNET AMERICA, INC. D/B/A AT&T LONG DISTANCE EAST TO DISCONTINUE
DOMESTIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES
WC Docket No. 14-62
Comp. Pol. File No. 1150
Comments Due: April 29, 2014
Section 214 Application
Applicant: AT&T Services, Inc. on behalf of SNET America, Inc. d/b/a AT&T Long Distance East
March 31, 2014, AT&T Services, Inc.(AT&T or Applicant) filed an application with the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) on behalf of its affiliate,
Inc. d/b/a AT&T Long Distance East
Meriden, CT 06450, 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 Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas,
Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan,
Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio,
Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming (Service Areas).
AT&T indicates that SAI currently offers Switched Access Interstate voice service, Switched
Access International voice service, Operator Services and Directory Assistance in the Service Areas.
AT&T explains that Switched Access Interstate voice service allows a subscriber to place interstate voice
calls between locations within the United States. According to AT&T, Switched Access International
voice service allows a subscriber to place voice calls between locations in the United States and
applicable international points, and between applicable international points. AT&T describes SAI’s
Operator Services as services that allow subscribers to complete a call using alternative billing options
such as Collect, Third-Party and Person-to-Person with operator assistance. AT&T states that SAI’s
Directory Assistance allows subscribers to request the telephone number or area code of a party located in
another state or United States territory. AT&T asserts, however, that SAI does not have any current
customers subscribing to these services in the affected markets. Accordingly, AT&T states that SAI plans
to discontinue these services and no longer offer them in the Service Areas on or after May 15, 2014,
subject to Commission authorization.1 AT&T maintains that the public convenience and necessity will
not be impaired by the proposed discontinuance because SAI currently does not have any customers and
there are other providers of these services in the affected markets. AT&T asserts that SAI is considered a
non-dominant carrier with respect to these services.
1 Discontinuance of international service is governed by section 63.19 of the Commission’s rules. See 47 C.F.R. §
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 SAI plans to discontinue these services and no longer offer them in the Service Areas on or
after May 15, 2014, subject to Commission authorization. Accordingly, pursuant to section 63.71(c) and
the terms of the application as applicable, absent further Commission action, SAI may discontinue
offering its Switched Access Interstate voice service, Operator Services and Directory Assistance in the
Service Areas on or after
May 15, 2014. 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
April 29,2014. Such comments should refer to
WC Docket No. 14-62 and Comp. Pol. File No. 1150. 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.
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
persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte presentation was made,
2 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
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 email@example.com 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.
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