Discontinuance Application Of Local Internet Service Company, Inc.
Federal Communications Commission
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: November 28, 2012
COMMENTS INVITED ON APPLICATION OF LOCAL INTERNET SERVICE COMPANY,
INC. TO DISCONTINUE DOMESTIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES
WC Docket No. 12-342
Comp. Pol. File No. 1067
Comments Due: December 13, 2012
Section 214 Application
Applicant: Local Internet Service Company, Inc.
November 12, 2012, Local Internet Service Company, Inc.(LISCO or Applicant), located at
1680 Highway 1, P.O. Box 1750, Fairfield, IA 52556, 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 Columbus
Junction and Washington, Iowa (collectively Service Areas).1
LISCO indicates that it currently provides Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) and broadband
Internet service via DSL in the Service Areas. LISCO states that its services are provided via UNE local
loops leased from the incumbent local exchange carrier, Windstream. Nevertheless, LISCO proposes to
discontinue the provision of its wireline telephone services in the Service Areas on or after December 1,
2012, subject to regulatory approval. LISCO indicates that on October 5, 2012 it sent letters via first class
U.S. Mail to the affected customers and that these letters included a toll free number to LISCO customer
service to answer any questions about the proposed discontinuance. LISCO explains that, on
November 5, 2012, it also sent letters in compliance with section 63.71 of the Commission’s rules to any
remaining affected customers via first class U.S. Mail. LISCO maintains that the impact of the proposed
discontinuance on the public should be minimal because there are fewer than 50 LISCO customers in
Columbus Junction, Iowa and only four LISCO customers in Washington, Iowa. In addition, LISCO
suggests that customers will be able to obtain identical service from Windstream, similar service from the
cable company, Mediacom, and similar wireless service from cellular telephone companies. LISCO
asserts that it is a non-dominant carrier with respect to the services it proposes to discontinue.
In accordance with section 63.71(c) of the Commission’s rules, LISCO’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 LISCO that the grant will not be automatically effective. In its application, LISCO
indicates that it plans to discontinue its provision of wireline telephone services in the Service Areas on or
1 LISCO’s application was subsequently received in the Competition Policy Division of the Wireline Competition
Bureau on November 14, 2012.
after December 1, 2012, subject to regulatory approval. Accordingly, pursuant to section 63.71(c) and the
terms of LISCO’s application, absent further Commission action, LISCO may terminate its wireline
telephone services in the Service Areas on or after
December 29, 2012, in accordance with LISCO’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 13, 2012. Such comments should refer to
WC Docket No. 12-342 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 email@example.com 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),
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Rodney McDonald, (202) 418-7513 (voice), email@example.com, 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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