Discontinuance Application Of AT&T Services Inc.
ederal Communications Commission
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445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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1 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
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