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Released: May 1, 2013

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 13-969

Released: May 1, 2013

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

BELLSOUTH TELECOMMUNICATIONS, LLC; ILLINOIS BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY;

INDIANA BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY, INC.; MICHIGAN BELL TELEPHONE

COMPANY; NEVADA BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY; THE OHIO BELL TELEPHONE

COMPANY; SOUTHWESTERN BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY AND WISCONSIN BELL,

INC. TO DISCONTINUE DOMESTIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES

WC Docket No. 13-112

Comp. Pol. File No. 1091

Comments Due: May 31, 2013

Section 214 Application
Applicant: AT&T Services Inc. on behalf of BellSouth Telecommunications, LLC d/b/a AT&T
Southeast; 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; 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

February 27, 2013, AT&T Services Inc.

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

BellSouth
Telecommunications, LLC d/b/a AT&T Southeast; 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; 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 311 S. Akard Street, Dallas, Texas
75202
, 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 throughout the AT&T Affiliates’ service territories in Alabama,
Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi,
Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin
(collectively, Service Areas).1


1 AT&T’s application was subsequently received in the Competition Policy Division of the Wireline Competition
Bureau on March 5, 2013.

AT&T indicates that the AT&T Affiliates currently offer Feature Group C (FGC) service in the
Service Areas pursuant to the following interstate switched access tariffs: Ameritech Operating
Companies Tariff F.C.C. No. 2, BellSouth Telecommunications Tariff F.C.C. No. 1, Nevada Bell
Telephone Company Tariff F.C.C. No. 1 and Southwestern Bell Telephone Company Tariff F.C.C. No.
73. AT&T explains that FGC service is a trunk side switched access service that is provided by using end
office or access tandem switch trunk equipment. AT&T specifies that the switch trunk equipment is
provided with answer and disconnect supervisory signaling. AT&T states, however, that there is no
market demand for FGC service and that the AT&T Affiliates currently do not have any customers for the
service, so they plan to discontinue FGC service in the Service Areas on or after June 30, 2013, subject to
Commission approval. AT&T maintains that the public convenience and necessity will not be harmed by
the proposed discontinuance because Feature Group D service has become the standard service used for
trunk side switched access. AT&T asserts that it offers FGC service pursuant to 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 60th 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 FGC service in the Service Areas on or after
June 30, 2013, subject to Commission approval. Accordingly, pursuant to section 63.71(c) and the terms
of AT&T’s application, absent further Commission action, the AT&T Affiliates may discontinue FGC
service in the Service Areas on or after

June 30, 2013

, 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

May 31,

2013. Such comments should refer to

WC Docket No. 13-112 and Comp. Pol. File No. 1091

.
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
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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,
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 –


2 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
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