Discontinuance Application of Citizens Long Distance Company
Federal Communications Commission
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: August 29, 2012
COMMENTS INVITED ON APPLICATION OF
CITIZENS LONG DISTANCE COMPANY
TO DISCONTINUE DOMESTIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES
WC Docket No. 12-238
Comp. Pol. File No. 1050
Comments Due: September 13, 2012
Section 214 Application
Applicant: Citizens Long Distance Company
August 10, 2012, Citizens Long Distance Company(Citizens or Applicant), located at 1905
Walnut Street, P.O. Box 737, Higginsville, Missouri 64037-0737, 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 a certain domestic telecommunications service in Missouri.1
Citizens indicates that it currently provides long distance calling card service to customers in
Missouri. Citizens specifies that throughout the years it has issued calling cards to a total of 413
customers in Missouri with 42 customers in Corder, MO; 345 customers in Higginsville, MO and 26
customers in Mayview, MO (collectively, Affected Customers). Citizens explains, however, that it now
plans to discontinue long distance calling card service in Missouri because, on June 13, 2012, it received
notice that its underlying provider plans to discontinue service and Citizens has been unable to find a
suitable replacement. Citizens asserts that the Affected Customers will not be harmed by the proposed
discontinuance because the service is obsolete and none of the Affected Customers have used the service
within the last year. Citizens indicates that on August 3, 2012 it sent written notice to the Affected
Customers’ mailing addresses referencing a discontinuance on or about September 1, 2012, subject to
Commission authorization. In its filing, Citizens suggests that the proposed discontinuance will occur on
or about September 15, 2012. In any event, Citizens maintains that all customers will have received at
least thirty days notice prior to the actual discontinuance of their service. Citizens represents that it is
non-dominant with respect to the service it proposes to discontinue.
In accordance with section 63.71(c) of the Commission’s rules, Citizens’ application will be
deemed to be granted automatically on the 31st day after the release date of this public notice, unless the
Commission notifies Citizens that the grant will not be automatically effective. In its filing, Citizens
indicates that it plans to discontinue long distance calling card service in Missouri on or about September
1 Citizens’ application was subsequently received in the Competition Policy Division of the Wireline Competition
Bureau on August 23, 2012.
15, 2012, and in its letter to customers, on or about September 1, 2012, subject to Commission
authorization. Accordingly, pursuant to section 63.71(c), absent further Commission action, Citizens may
terminate its long distance calling card service in Missouri on or after
September 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
September 13, 2012. Such comments should refer to
WC Docket No. 12-238 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.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
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
2 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
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),
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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