Discontinuance Application Of CenturyLink
Federal Communications Commission
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: August 30, 2013
COMMENTS INVITED ON APPLICATION OF CENTURLINK TO DISCONTINUE
DOMESTIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES
WC Docket No. 13-211
Comp. Pol. File No. 1120
Comments Due: September 30, 2013
Section 214 Application
August 12, 2013, CenturyLink(CenturyLink or Applicant), located at 100 CenturyLink
Drive, Monroe, LA 71203, filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or
Commission) 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 Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska,
Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas,
Virginia, Washington and Wyoming (collectively, Service Areas).1
CenturyLink indicates that it currently offers NetPoint in the Service Areas. According to
CenturyLink, NetPoint is an Integrated Service Digital Network-Primary Rate Interface (ISDN-PRI)
standardized access product offering, supported by the ISDN architecture and offered as an optional
feature with CenturyLink's DS1 services.2 CenturyLink explains that NetPoint provides for the
integration of multiple transmission channels on the same line. The Applicant states, however, that it
plans to discontinue NetPoint in the Service Areas on November 1, 2013, or as soon thereafter as the
necessary regulatory approvals can be obtained. CenturyLink submits that on or after that date it will
grandfather existing NetPoint deployments. Specifically, CenturyLink explains that the NetPoint feature
will be maintained on the circuits on which it is deployed as of the discontinuance date, but that
customers will no longer be able to order NetPoint for new circuits. CenturyLink further clarifies that it is
grandfathering only the NetPoint feature and not the DS1 services with which it is associated, and that is
not discontinuing DS1 Service or ISDN-PRI Service. CenturyLink states that it currently provides
NetPoint to just five customers that purchase a total of 25 circuits. CenturyLink indicates that it sent
written notice of the proposed discontinuance to all of its NetPoint customers by U.S. Mail dated
August 6, 2013. The Applicant asserts that it is considered dominant with respect to the service to be
discontinued, reduced or impaired.
1 The Competition Policy Division of the Wireline Competition Bureau subsequently received the filed application
on August 19, 2013.
2 CenturyLink states that NetPoint is currently found in sections 7.2.8(D)(8), 7.5.8(C)(6) and 22.5.8(C) of
CenturyLink Operating Companies FCC Tariff No. 9 (pages 7-57-7-64, 7-301-7-303, 22-96, 22-98).
In accordance with section 63.71(c) of the Commission's rules, CenturyLink'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 CenturyLink that the grant will not be automatically effective. In its application,
CenturyLink indicates that it plans to grandfather the NetPoint feature for existing circuits and
discontinue offering NetPoint for new circuits in the Service Areas on November 1, 2013, or as soon
thereafter as the necessary regulatory approvals can be obtained. Accordingly, pursuant to section
63.71(c) and the terms of CenturyLink's application, absent further Commission action, CenturyLink may
discontinue NetPoint in the Service Areas on or after
November 1, 2013, in accordance with
CenturyLink'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
September 30, 2013. Such comments should refer to
WC Docket No. 13-211 and Comp. Pol. File No.
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.3 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
3 47 C.F.R. 1.1200 et seq.
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.
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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),
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Kimberly Jackson, (202) 418-7393 (voice), email@example.com, of
the Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau. The tty number is (202) 418-0484. For
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