DISCONTINUANCE APPLICATION OF SHENTEL CABLE COMPANY D/B/A SHENTEL
Federal Communications Commission
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: July 21, 2011
COMMENTS INVITED ON APPLICATION OF SHENTEL CABLE COMPANY D/B/A
SHENTEL TO DISCONTINUE INTERCONNECTED VOIP SERVICES
WC Docket No. 11-122
Comp. Pol. File No. 996
Comments Due: August 5, 2011On
June 22, 2011, Shentel Cable Company d/b/a Shentel(Shentel or Applicant), located at
Box 459, Edinburg, Virginia 22824, 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 the provision of a certain interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service in West
Shentel indicates that it currently provides interconnected VoIP service to residential customers
located in Hotchkiss and Slab Fork, West Virginia (Service Areas). Shentel explains that its
interconnected VoIP service provides local and long distance voice services, and ancillary services, over a
broadband connection. Shentel states that it now intends to discontinue its provision of interconnected
VoIP service in the Service Areas on August 22, 2011, subject to Commission approval. Shentel
maintains, however, that the impact of the planned discontinuance on the public will be minimal because
only six residential customers will be affected by the proposed discontinuance, and there are no affected
business customers. In addition, Shentel submits that other services that it offers to customers in the
Service Areas and services that it offers outside of the Service Areas will be unaffected by the proposed
discontinuance. Shentel asserts that it sent notification letters regarding the proposed discontinuance to
each affected customer via U.S. Mail on June 21, 2011. Shentel states that, in its notification letters, it
offered to assist customers in finding a new service provider and provided a toll-free number for this
purpose. Shentel asserts that it would be considered non-dominant with respect to the interconnected
VoIP service it plans to discontinue.
In accordance with section 63.71(c) of the Commission's rules, Shentel'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 Shentel that the grant will not be automatically effective. In the customer notice,
Shentel indicates that it plans to discontinue interconnected VoIP service to all affected customers in the
Service Areas on August 22, 2011, subject to Commission authorization. Accordingly, pursuant to
section 63.71(c) and the terms of Shentel's notice, absent further Commission action, Shentel may
terminate its provision of interconnected VoIP service in the Service Areas on or after
August 22, 2011.
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.
This proceeding is considered a "permit but disclose" proceeding for purposes of the
Commission's ex parte rules, 47 C.F.R. 1.1200-1.1216. Comments objecting to this application must
be filed with the Commission on or before
August 5, 2011. Such comments should refer to
No. 11-122 and Comp. Pol. File No. 996
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 filed through the ECFS can be sent as an electronic file via the Internet to
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.
The application will be available for public inspection and copying during regular business hours
at the FCC Reference Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-A257, Washington, D.C.
20554, (202) 418-0270. A copy of the application may also be purchased from the Commission's
duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington,
D.C. 20554, telephone (202) 488-5300, facsimile (202) 488-5563, or via e-mail at
FCC@BCPIWEB.COM. 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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