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Released: November 2, 2012

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.

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Washington, D.C. 20554

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DA 12-1767

Released: November 2, 2012

COMMENTS INVITED ON APPLICATION OF THE GOLDEN RAIN FOUNDATION TO

DISCONTINUE INTERCONNECTED VOIP SERVICES

WC Docket No. 12-325

Comp. Pol. File No. 1063

Comments Due: November 19, 2012

On

October 17, 2012, The Golden Rain Foundation

(Golden Rain or Applicant), located at 24351

El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92637

, 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 interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services in Laguna Woods, Orange
County, California.1
Golden Rain indicates that it currently provides local and long distance interconnected VoIP
services to the community of Laguna Woods Village located in Laguna Woods, Orange County,
California (Service Area). Golden Rain explains that it owns the cable television system that serves the
Laguna Woods Village resort style living community. According to Golden Rain, an arrangement was
previously made for Capital Infrastructure, LLC d/b/a Connexion Technologies (Connexion) to offer
interconnected VoIP services through Golden Rain’s system. Golden Rain indicates that, pursuant to this
arrangement, Connexion briefly offered interconnected VoIP services through its wholly owned affiliate,
Beyond Communications (Beyond), but that Connexion and Beyond later filed for bankruptcy in April of
2012. Golden Rain maintains that it regained total control of its cable television system as a result of the
bankruptcy, and that it arranged to continue interconnected VoIP services to its customers with the help of
third party facility vendors. Golden Rain asserts, however, that this arrangement was only a temporary
measure to ensure that customers did not experience a loss of service due to the bankruptcy. Golden Rain
indicates that it has not been able to find a more permanent solution for the continued provision of
interconnected VoIP services to existing customers so it plans to discontinue local and long distance
interconnected VoIP services in the Service Area on or after November 30, 2012. Golden Rain states that
it contacted customers by phone and that it also sent written notice of the planned discontinuance to
affected customers by U.S. mail between October 12, 2012 and October 15, 2012. Golden Rain maintains
that the impact of the planned discontinuance should be minimal because only approximately 3,000
customers will be affected. In addition, Golden Rain asserts that the community is still served by the
incumbent LEC, AT&T, and that broadband services will still be provided over the system so that non-
facilities based providers like Vonage will be available. Golden Rain indicates that it provides


1 This application was subsequently received in the Competition Policy Division of the Wireline Competition
Bureau on November 1, 2012.

interconnected VoIP services, and has provided notice in accordance with the rules for non-dominant
carriers.
In accordance with section 63.71(c) of the Commission’s rules, Golden Rain’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 Golden Rain that the grant will not be automatically effective. In its application,
Golden Rain indicates that it plans to discontinue local and long distance interconnected VoIP services in
the Service Area on or after November 30, 2012. Accordingly, pursuant to section 63.71(c) and the terms
of Golden Rain’s application, absent further Commission action, Golden Rain may terminate local and
long distance interconnected VoIP services in the Service Area on or after

December 3, 2012

, in
accordance with Golden Rain’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

November 19, 2012

. Such comments should refer to

WC Docket No. 12-325 and Comp. Pol. File No.
1063

. 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


2 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
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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
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 Rodney McDonald, (202) 418-7513 (voice), rodney.mcdonald@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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