Discontinuance Application Of AT&T Services Inc. On Behalf Of AT&T SE
Federal Communications Commission
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: April 27, 2012
COMMENTS INVITED ON APPLICATION OF AT&T SERVICES INC. ON BEHALF
OF BELLSOUTH TELECOMMUNICATIONS, LLC D/B/A AT&T SOUTHEAST TO
DISCONTINUE DOMESTIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES
WC Docket No. 12-104
Comp. Pol. File No. 1036
Comments Due: May 29, 2012
Section 214 Application
Applicant: AT&T Services Inc. on behalf of BellSouth Telecommunications, LLC d/b/a AT&T
April 13, 2012, AT&T Services Inc.(AT&T or Applicant) filed an application with the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) on behalf of its affiliate,
Telecommunications, LLC d/b/a AT&T Southeast
Boulevard, 2B32, Atlanta, Georgia 30319, 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 AT&T
Southeast’s service territory in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North
Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee (collectively Service Areas).1
AT&T indicates that AT&T Southeast currently offers OC-24 SMARTRing service in the Service
Areas. AT&T explains that OC-24 SMARTRing service is a dedicated, high capacity, network service
that is deployed in a self-healing ring architecture between multiple customer designated locations and
AT&T central offices. AT&T specifies that the service provides the customer with the bandwidth
equivalent of twenty-four DS3 capacity. AT&T states, however, that there is a low market demand for
the service and that AT&T Southeast currently does not have any customers that subscribe to the service.
AT&T indicates that AT&T Southeast plans to discontinue the service in the Service Areas on or after
June 29, 2012, subject to Commission approval. AT&T maintains that the public convenience and
necessity will not be impaired by the proposed discontinuance because AT&T Southeast will continue to
offer SMARTRing service at a variety of other bandwidth capacities including OC-3, OC-12, OC-48 and
OC-192. AT&T indicates that AT&T Southeast offers OC-24 SMARTRing service pursuant to dominant
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
1 AT&T’s application was subsequently received in the Competition Policy Division of the Wireline Competition
Bureau on April 16, 2012.
Commission notifies AT&T that the grant will not be automatically effective. In the application, AT&T
indicates that AT&T Southeast plans to discontinue OC-24 SMARTRing service in the Service Areas on
or after June 29, 2012, subject to Commission approval. Accordingly, pursuant to section 63.71(c) and
the terms of AT&T’s application, absent further Commission action, AT&T Southeast may discontinue
OC-24 SMARTRing service in the Service Areas on or after
June 29, 2012. 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 29,2012. Such comments should refer to
WC Docket No. 12-104 and Comp. Pol. File No. 1036.
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,
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
2 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
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.
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Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (tty).
For further information, contact Carmell Weathers, (202) 418-2325 (voice),
email@example.com, or Rodney McDonald, (202) 418-7513 (voice), firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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