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Domestic 214 Transfer Surewest to Consolidated Communications

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Released: March 5, 2012

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

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DA 12-343

Released: March 5, 2012

DOMESTIC SECTION 214 APPLICATION FILED FOR THE TRANSFER OF CONTROL OF

SUREWEST COMMUNICATIONS TO

CONSOLIDATED COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC.

STREAMLINED PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED

WC Docket No. 12-48

Comments Due: March 19, 2012
Reply Comments Due: March 26, 2012

On February 17, 2012, SureWest Communications and Consolidated Communications Holdings,
Inc. (CCHI) (collectively, Applicants) filed an application pursuant to section 63.03 of the Commission’s
rules1 to transfer control of SureWest Communications, and its subsidiaries that hold domestic authority
under Section 214, from its current shareholders to CCHI.
SureWest Communications, a California holding corporation, holds operating subsidiaries (the
Licensees) 2 that provide a wide range of telecommunications services in Northern California, primarily in
the greater Sacramento region, and in the greater Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri areas. The
Applicants state that SureWest Communications does not currently have any 10% or greater interest
holders. SureWest Telephone, a California corporation and a subsidiary of SureWest Communications, is
an incumbent local exchange carrier that provides local exchange telephone service in Sacramento and
Placer Counties, California. SureWest Telephone also has competitive local exchange operations in
California outside of its incumbent local exchange territories. SureWest TeleVideo, a California
corporation and a subsidiary of SureWest Communications, is a competitive local exchange and
interexchange carrier in California, which provides service in portions of Sacrament and Placer Counties.
SureWest TeleVideo also provides cable television services in California pursuant to a state video
franchise. SureWest Long Distance, a California corporation and a subsidiary of SureWest
Communications, provides intrastate and interstate telecommunications in California. SureWest KS
Operations, a Delaware limited liability company and a subsidiary of SureWest Communications,
provides intrastate and interstate telecommunications services in Kansas.


1 47 C.F.R § 63.03; see 47 U.S.C. § 214. Applicants are also filing applications for transfer of control associated
with authorization for international services. Any action on this domestic section 214 application is without
prejudice to Commission action on other related, pending applications.
2 The subsidiaries of SureWest Communications that hold domestic Section 214 authority are: SureWest Telephone,
SureWest TeleVideo, SureWest Long Distance, and SureWest Kansas Operations, LLC (SureWest KS Operations).

CCHI, a Delaware corporation, provides, through its operating subsidiaries, a wide range of
telecommunications services to residential and business customers in Illinois, Texas and Pennsylvania.
CCHI’s subsidiaries that provide interstate telecommunications services pursuant to blanket domestic
Section 214 authority are: Illinois Consolidated Telephone Company, an incumbent local exchange
carrier (LEC) in central Illinois; Consolidated Communications Enterprise Services, Inc., a competitive
LEC and provider of other telecommunications services in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas;
Consolidated Communications of Fort Bend Company, an incumbent LEC operating in the Fort Bend
Texas area; Consolidated Communications of Texas Company, an incumbent LEC operating in central
Illinois; and Consolidated Communications of Pennsylvania Company, LLC, an incumbent LEC in
western Pennsylvania.
On February 6, 2012, the Applicants entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (Agreement).
Pursuant to the Agreement, a newly formed, wholly-owned, indirect subsidiary of CCHI, WH Acquisition
Corp. (Merger Sub I), will merge with and into SureWest Communications, at that time the separate
existence of Merger Sub I will cease and SureWest Communications will be the surviving corporation.
SureWest Communications will then merge with and into another newly formed wholly owned indirect
subsidiary of CCHI, WH Acquisition II Corp. (Merger Sub II). The separate existence of SureWest
Communication will then cease and Merger Sub II will be the surviving corporation. As a result, the
Licensees will become wholly-owned subsidiaries of Merger Sub II, and therefore, wholly-owned,
indirect subsidiaries of CCHI. Applicants assert that the proposed transaction is entitled to presumptive
streamlined treatment under section 63.03(b)(2)(iii) of the Commission’s rules and that a grant of the
application will serve the public interest, convenience, and necessity.3
Domestic Section 214 Application Filed for the Transfer of Control of SureWest
Communications to Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc., WC Docket No. 12-
48 (filed Feb. 17, 2012).

GENERAL INFORMATION

The transfer of control identified herein has been found, upon initial review, to be acceptable for
filing as a streamlined application. The Commission reserves the right to return any transfer application
if, upon further examination, it is determined to be defective and not in conformance with the
Commission’s rules and policies. Pursuant to section 63.03(a) of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR §
63.03(a), interested parties may file comments on or before March 19, 2012, and reply comments on or
before March 26, 2012.
Unless otherwise notified by the Commission, the Applicants may transfer
control on the 31st day after the date of this notice.4 Comments should be filed using the Commission’s
Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking
Proceedings
, 63 FR 24121 (1998).
§
Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the
ECFS: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/.

In addition, e-mail one copy of each pleading to each of the following

:
1) The Commission’s duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., fcc@bcpiweb.com;
phone: (202) 488-5300; fax: (202) 488-5563;


3 47 C.F.R. § 63.03(b)(2)(iii).
4 Such authorization is conditioned upon receipt of any other necessary approvals from the Commission in
connection with the proposed transaction.

2) Tracey Wilson, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau,
tracey.wilson@fcc.gov;
3) Dennis Johnson, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau,
dennis.johnson@fcc.gov;
4) David Krech, Policy Division, International Bureau, david.krech@fcc.gov; and
5) Jim Bird, Office of General Counsel, jim.bird@fcc.gov.
Filings and comments are available for public inspection and copying during regular business
hours at the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-A257,
Washington, D.C. 20554. They may also be purchased from the Commission’s duplicating contractor,
Best Copy and Printing, Inc., Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington, D.C. 20554;
telephone: (202) 488-5300; fax: (202) 488-5563; e-mail: fcc@bcpiweb.com; url: www.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 fcc504@fcc.gov or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (tty).
For further information, please contact Tracey Wilson at (202) 418-1394 or Dennis Johnson at
(202) 418-0809.
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