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Released: December 12, 2012

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

Washington, D.C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

DA 12-2018

Released: December 12, 2012

COMMENTS INVITED ON APPLICATION OF GTE SOUTHWEST INCORPORATED (D/B/A

VERIZON SOUTHWEST), VERIZON CALIFORNIA INC., VERIZON DELAWARE LLC,

VERIZON FLORIDA LLC, VERIZON MARYLAND INC., VERIZON NEW ENGLAND INC.,

VERIZON NEW JERSEY INC., VERIZON NEW YORK INC., VERIZON NORTH LLC,

VERIZON PENNSYLVANIA LLC, VERIZON SOUTH INC., VERIZON VIRGINIA LLC AND

VERIZON WASHINGTON, DC INC. TO DISCONTINUE DOMESTIC

TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES

WC Docket No. 12-356

Comp. Pol. File No. 1064

Comments Due: January 11, 2013

Section 214 Application
Applicants: GTE Southwest Incorporated (d/b/a Verizon Southwest), Verizon California Inc.,
Verizon Delaware LLC, Verizon Florida LLC, Verizon Maryland Inc., Verizon New England Inc.,
Verizon New Jersey Inc., Verizon New York Inc., Verizon North LLC, Verizon Pennsylvania LLC,
Verizon South Inc., Verizon Virginia LLC and Verizon Washington, DC Inc.

On

November 1, 2012, GTE Southwest Incorporated (d/b/a Verizon Southwest)

, located at
600 Hidden Ridge, Irving, TX 75038;

Verizon California Inc.

, located at 2535 W. Hillcrest Drive,
CAM21LB, Newbury Park, CA 91320
;

Verizon Delaware LLC, Verizon North LLC

and

Verizon
Pennsylvania LLC

, located at 1717 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103;

Verizon Florida LLC

,
located at 610 Zack Street, Tampa, FL 33602;

Verizon Maryland Inc.

, located at 1 East Pratt Street,
Baltimore, MD 21202
;

Verizon New England Inc.

, located at 125 High Street – Oliver Tower 7th
Floor, Boston, MA 02110
;

Verizon New Jersey Inc.

, located at 540 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102;

Verizon New York Inc.

, located at 140 West Street, New York, NY 10007;

Verizon South Inc.

and

Verizon Virginia LLC

, located at 703 East Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23219; and

Verizon
Washington, DC Inc.

, located at 1300 I Street, N.W., Suite 400 West, Washington, D.C. 20005
(collectively Verizon or Applicants), filed a joint 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 California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida,
Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas,
Virginia and Washington, D.C. (collectively Service Areas).
The application indicates that Verizon currently offers interstate frame relay service at speeds less
than 200 kbps (Frame Relay service) in the Service Areas. Verizon describes Frame Relay service as a
public metropolitan and wide-area data service that utilizes packet switching technology and digital
transmission facilities to provide a data delivery service primarily used by commercial customers.
Verizon states, however, that there are plans to discontinue Frame Relay service in the Service Areas
because of declining market demand. In the notice to customers, Verizon explains that, on or after

February 15, 2013 and subject to Commission authorization, Verizon plans to no longer offer Frame
Relay service to the public subject to certain grandfathering restrictions. Verizon specifies that, on or
after February 15, 2013, existing customers will be able to continue to make moves or changes to existing
service as long as the term commitment is not extended, but they will not be permitted to add new circuits
unless their agreement expressly permits it. Verizon further specifies that existing customers will retain
their service until the expiration of their minimum or contracted term, subject to Verizon generally
discontinuing Frame Relay Service in the Service Areas. According to Verizon, no renewals or
extensions of Frame Relay service will be permitted following the expiration of minimum or contracted
terms, and customers will be asked to transition to alternative services. Nevertheless, Verizon indicates
that, as customers transition, it will continue to provide Frame Relay service on a month-to-month basis
until the service is terminated by the customer or Verizon as applicable. Verizon maintains that the public
convenience and necessity will not be impaired by the proposed discontinuance because next generation
technologies that provide higher bandwidths and a wider range of applications have substantially replaced
Frame Relay service in the marketplace. Verizon asserts that affected customers were notified of the
proposed discontinuance by letters sent via U.S. mail and overnight courier on or before November 1,
2012. The application indicates that Verizon is considered dominant with respect to the service to be
discontinued.
In accordance with section 63.71(c) of the Commission’s rules, Verizon’s application will be
deemed to be granted automatically on the 60th day after the release date of this public notice, unless the
Commission notifies Verizon that the grant will not be automatically effective. In the notice to
customers, Verizon indicates that on or after February 15, 2013 and subject to Commission authorization,
Verizon plans to no longer offer Frame Relay service to the public subject to certain grandfathering
restrictions governing the wind down and eventual termination of Verizon’s Frame Relay service.
Accordingly, pursuant to section 63.71(c) and the terms of Verizon’s notice, absent further Commission
action, Verizon may cease to offer and may discontinue Frame Relay service in the Service Areas on or
after

February 15, 2013

, in accordance with Verizon’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

January 11, 2013

. Such comments should refer to

WC Docket No. 12-356 and Comp. Pol. File
No. 1064

. 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.
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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
Applicants. 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.1 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
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.
– FCC –


1 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
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