Discontinuance Application of Signal Point Corp.
Federal Communications Commission
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: August 1, 2013
COMMENTS INVITED ON APPLICATION OF SIGNAL POINT CORP. TO DISCONTINUE
INTERCONNECTED VOIP SERVICES
WC Docket No. 13-179
Comp. Pol. File No. 1117
Comments Due: August 16, 2013On
June 19, 2013, Signal Point Corp.(Signal Point or Applicant), located at 175 Great Road,
Suite 1, Bedford, MA 01730, 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 all fifty states and the District of Columbia
(collectively, Service Areas).1 With an amendment filed on July 25, 2013, Signal Point corrected certain
deficiencies in its application and updated the record regarding notice to the District of Columbia.2
Accordingly, Signal Point's application is deemed complete as of July 25, 2013. On July 24, 2013,
Signal Point also filed in order to update the record regarding its red light status.3
Signal Point indicates that it currently provides retail and wholesale interconnected VoIP services
(VoIP Services or Affected Services) to customers in the Service Areas. Signal Point specifies that it
currently provides its retail VoIP Services to approximately 800 residential and small business customers
in the Service Areas, and that it provides its wholesale VoIP Services to approximately 30 resellers in the
Service Areas. According to Signal Point, however, these service offerings constitute a stagnant, small
line of business for Signal Point that is no longer the principal focus of its larger business objectives.
Signal Point explains that it is no longer economically viable for it to serve the retail and wholesale
interconnected VoIP business because of shrinking profitability and higher costs of administration.
Consequently, Signal Point states that it plans to discontinue the Affected Services in the Service Areas
on June 30, 2013 for wholesale services and July 7, 2013 for retail services, or as soon thereafter as the
necessary regulatory approvals can be obtained. Signal Point submits that it has made arrangements for
International Global Opportunity Network, L.L.C. d/b/a IGONET to serve any retail customers that
decide to port to IGONET at the customer's current rate. Signal Point maintains that, as an alternative,
1 The Competition Policy Division of the Wireline Competition Bureau subsequently received the filed application
on June 21, 2013.
2 See Letter from Michael S. Tenore, Signal Point Communications, to Ms. Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, Federal
Communications Commission (filed July 25, 2013).
3 See Letter from Michael S. Tenore, Signal Point Communications, to Ms. Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, Federal
Communications Commission (filed July 24, 2013) (asserting that Signal Point recently paid certain invoices that
were the cause for its red light status). Signal Point's application initially was determined to be in red light status,
but it has since completed payment of outstanding debts, and its red light status subsequently was cleared.
current customers also will be able to turn to other providers such as Vonage and other similar companies
that provide competitive interconnected VoIP services. In addition, Signal Point asserts that customers
are increasingly choosing intermodal competition choices with bundles like Verizon's FiOS service.
Signal Point indicates that written notice of the proposed discontinuance was sent to affected reseller
customers via first class U.S. Mail on May 23, 2013, and to affected retail customers on June 7, 2013 and
June 8, 2013. Signal Point adds that copies of the notice were also sent to affected customers by
electronic mail. Signal Point states that it is considered non-dominant with respect to the services to be
In accordance with section 63.71(c) of the Commission's rules, Signal Point'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 Signal Point that the grant will not be automatically effective. In its application,
Signal Point indicates that it plans to discontinue its VoIP Services in the Service Areas on June 30, 2013
for wholesale services and July 7, 2013 for retail services, or as soon thereafter as the necessary
regulatory approvals can be obtained. Accordingly, pursuant to section 63.71(c) and the terms of Signal
Point's application, absent further Commission action, Signal Point may discontinue the Affected
Services in the Service Areas on or after
September 1, 2013. 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 16, 2013. Such comments should refer to
WC Docket No. 13-179 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.
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presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two business days after the
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persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte presentation was made,
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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
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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.
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4 47 C.F.R. 1.1200 et seq.
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