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Released: July 30, 2014
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PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal 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 14-1097

Released: July 30, 2014

COMMENTS INVITED ON APPLICATION OF CENTURYLINK ON BEHALF OF

CENTURYLINK COMMUNICATIONS, LLC TO DISCONTINUE INTERCONNECTED VOIP

SERVICES

WC Docket No. 14-117

Comp. Pol. File No. 1160

Comments Due: August 14, 2014

On June 24, 2014, CenturyLink (CenturyLink or Applicant) filed an application with the Federal

Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) on behalf of CenturyLink Communications, LLC

(CenturyLink Communications or Applicant), located at 100 CenturyLink Drive, Monroe, LA 71203,

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

interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service in Florida, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina,

Ohio, Tennessee and Texas (Service Areas).1

CenturyLink indicates that its competitive local exchange company, CenturyLink

Communications, currently offers regional Hosted VoIP service (Affected Service) in the Service Areas.

According to CenturyLink, regional Hosted VoIP service is an interconnected VoIP service that is the

Internet Protocol equivalent of Time Division Multiplexing Centrex service.2 CenturyLink explains that,

with regional Hosted VoIP service, the customer does not have to have a phone system on their premise

and the service is provided off a Broadsoft VoIP switch. CenturyLink states, however, that CenturyLink

Communications plans to discontinue offering regional Hosted VoIP service to new customers on

August 30, 2014, or as soon thereafter as the necessary regulatory approvals can be obtained.

CenturyLink emphasizes that the proposed discontinuance to new customers will have no impact on the

40 existing customers of regional Hosted VoIP service. For example, CenturyLink explains that existing

customers still will have the ability to add additional features and functionality if they desire, and that

they will be able to continue using their current service without change. In addition, CenturyLink states

that a new CenturyLink Hosted VoIP service that uses the Broadsoft platform is currently available but is

national in scope rather than regional. According to CenturyLink, the new national Hosted VoIP service

has all the current features of the existing regional Hosted VoIP service plus the added feature

functionality that the market desires. CenturyLink maintains that existing customers that wish to migrate

to the new national Hosted VoIP service will be able to sign a new contract, and that CenturyLink will

waive any early termination penalties on their old contract. CenturyLink represents that it is considered

non-dominant with respect to the Affected Service.

1 The Competition Policy Division of the Wireline Competition Bureau subsequently received the filed application

on June 30, 2014.

2 Counsel for CenturyLink has confirmed with Commission staff that regional Hosted VoIP service is an

interconnected VoIP service.

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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 the application,

CenturyLink indicates that CenturyLink Communications plans to discontinue offering regional Hosted

VoIP service to new customers in the Service Areas on August 30, 2014, or as soon thereafter as the

necessary regulatory approvals can be obtained. Accordingly, pursuant to section 63.71(c) and the terms

of the application, absent further Commission action, CenturyLink Communications may discontinue

offering regional Hosted VoIP service to new customers in the Service Areas on or after August 30,

2014, 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

August 14, 2014. Such comments should refer to WC Docket No. 14-117 and Comp. Pol. File No.

1160. 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.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.

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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.

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