Discontinuance Application of CenturyLink
Federal Communications Commission
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: November 15, 2013
COMMENTS INVITED ON APPLICATION OF QWEST COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY,
LLC D/B/A CENTURYLINK QCC TO DISCONTINUE DOMESTIC
WC Docket No. 13-266
Comp. Pol. File No. 1126
Comments Due: December 2, 2013
Section 214 Application
Applicant: Qwest Communications Company, LLC d/b/a CenturyLink QCC
October 31, 2013, Qwest Communications Company, LLC d/b/a CenturyLink QCC(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
all 50 states, U.S. possessions and territories (collectively, Service Areas).1
CenturyLink indicates that it currently offers QCC Frame Relay (FR) and QCC Asynchronous
Transfer Mode (ATM) services in the Service Areas. CenturyLink describes QCC FR service as a
connection-oriented packet-switched data service allowing for the interconnection of Local Area
Networks (LAN) or other compatible customer equipment. CenturyLink explains that QCC ATM service
is a connection-oriented multiplexing and switching service based on ATM cell-based switching
technology. CenturyLink further explains that QCC ATM service uses fixed-length cells to support
transmission of multiple types of traffic, such as data, voice and video, over a LAN or Wide Area
Network. CenturyLink maintains that it currently has 160 customers for QCC FR and QCC ATM
The Applicant states, however, that in 2011 it was advised by equipment manufacturer Alcatel-
Lucent that the equipment used for its QCC FR and QCC ATM services would no longer be
manufactured as of December 31, 2011 and that all support would be discontinued as of December 31,
2014. CenturyLink asserts, therefore, that it plans to grandfather and eventually discontinue QCC FR and
QCC ATM services in the Service Areas on December 15, 2013, or as soon thereafter as the necessary
regulatory approvals can be obtained. CenturyLink submits that on or after that date, it will no longer
offer these services to new customers or accept new orders from existing customers except to the extent
that such orders are permitted by contract. CenturyLink clarifies that, on or after December 15, 2013, it
plans to grandfather existing customers as follows: 1) existing contracts for these services will not be
1 The Competition Policy Division of the Wireline Competition Bureau subsequently received the filed application
on November 6, 2013.
renewed; 2) customers with a contract that expires prior to December 15, 2014 may retain their QCC FR
and/or QCC ATM service covered by that contract on a month-to-month basis until December 15, 2014;
and 3) customers with a contract that expires after December 15, 2014 may retain their QCC FR and/or
QCC ATM service covered by that contract until the expiration of that contract. According to
CenturyLink, customers have the option of moving to alternative CenturyLink services, such as IQ
Networking Private Port Service, which uses the latest technology to create a robust VPN service.
CenturyLink notes that customers can also turn to numerous other providers of similar services.
CenturyLink submits that it sent notice to affected retail customers by U.S. Mail on October 23, 2013.
CenturyLink represents that it sent notice to affected wholesale customers by email on October 25, 2013
and by U.S. Mail on October 30, 2013. CenturyLink indicates that it also sent notice by email on October
18, 2013 and by U.S. Mail on October 30, 2013 to federal government customers that receive service
pursuant to the federal government’s Networx contract. CenturyLink adds that it sent notice by email and
U.S. Mail to its remaining federal government customers on October 28, 2013. The Applicant asserts that
it is considered non-dominant with respect to the service to be discontinued, reduced or impaired.
In accordance with section 63.71(c) of the Commission’s rules, CenturyLink’s application will be
deemed to be granted automatically on the 31st 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 and eventually discontinue QCC FR and QCC ATM
services in the Service Areas on December 15, 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 QCC FR and QCC ATM
services in the Service Areas on or after
December 16, 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
December 2, 2013. Such comments should refer to
WC Docket No. 13-266 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.
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page and/or paragraph numbers where such data or arguments can be found) in lieu of summarizing them
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proceedings governed by rule 1.49(f) or for which the Commission has made available a method of
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2 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
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