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Released: November 27, 2013
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PUBLIC NOTICE

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ederal 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 13-2292

Released: November 27, 2013

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

ILLINOIS BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY; INDIANA BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY, INC.;

MICHIGAN BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY; NEVADA BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY;

THE OHIO BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY; PACIFIC BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY; THE

SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND TELEPHONE COMPANY; SOUTHWESTERN BELL

TELEPHONE COMPANY AND WISCONSIN BELL, INC. TO DISCONTINUE DOMESTIC

TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES

WC Docket No. 13-226

Comp. Pol. File No. 1086

Comments Due: December 27, 2013

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 February 4, 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, 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 2000 W AT&T Center Drive, Room 4D55A,

Hoffman Estates, IL 60192, 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 throughout the AT&T Affiliates’ service

territories in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada,

Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin (collectively, Service Areas).

AT&T indicates that the AT&T Affiliates currently offer Access Advantage Plus Transport

Service (AAPTS) in the Service Areas. AT&T describes AAPTS as a dedicated transport service

arrangement that integrates an end user’s network access connections for multiple voice, data and other

special access services onto a single interstate DS1 service. AT&T explains that AAPTS provides the

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customer with a DS1 service between an end user’s designated premises and an AAPTS Transport

Service Node, DS1-to-DS0 multiplexing and multiplexer cross connections. AT&T states, however, that

due to low market demand, the AT&T Affiliates plan to discontinue offering AAPTS in the Service Areas

on or after February 1, 2014, subject to Commission approval. AT&T maintains that the public

convenience and necessity will not be harmed by the proposed discontinuance because of the low market

demand for the service and the ready availability of a variety of alternative transport services from AT&T

and other providers, such as AT&T’s IP Flexible Reach Service. AT&T indicates that affected customers

were notified of the proposed discontinuance by letters sent via U.S. Mail on January 31, 2013. AT&T

asserts that AAPTS is offered 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 AAPTS in the Service Areas on or after

February 1, 2014, 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

AAPTS in the Service Areas on or after February 1, 2014, 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

December 27, 2013. Such comments should refer to WC Docket No. 13-226 and Comp. Pol. File No.

1086. 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.

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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 Kimberly Jackson, (202) 418-7393 (voice), Kimberly.Jackson@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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