DOMESTIC SECTION 214 APPLICATION FILED FOR THE TRANSFER OF CONTROL OF TRIARCH MARKETING, INC. TO TRIARCH ACQUISITION GROUP, LLC
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Released: February 2, 2010
DOMESTIC SECTION 214 APPLICATION FILED FOR THE TRANSFER OF CONTROL OF
TRIARCH MARKETING, INC. TO TRIARCH ACQUISITION GROUP, LLC
STREAMLINED PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED
WC Docket No. 10-33
Comments Due: February 16, 2010
Reply Comments Due: February 23, 2010
(TA Acquisition Group) (together, Applicants) filed an application pursuant to section 63.03 of the
Commission’s rules to transfer control of Triarch to TA Acquisition Group.1 Applicants closed this
transaction on or about October 12, 2009 without approval. Triarch, a Louisiana corporation, currently
provides competitive local exchange (LEC) and interexchange services in Louisiana. Prior to the
transaction, Triarch was wholly owned by James Dupont, a U.S. citizen.
TA Acquisition Group, a Delaware limited liability company, does not currently provide
telecommunications services and was formed to purchase Triarch and consolidate it with other
competitive LECs. TA Acquisition Group is owned by Associated Telecom Management Services, LLC,
a Delaware limited liability company, that is, in turn, wholly owned by Thomas Biddix, a U.S. citizen.
Applicants state that no other entity holds a direct or indirect interest in TA Acquisition Group.2 Pursuant
1 47 C.F.R § 63.03; see 47 U.S.C. § 214. Applicants filed a supplement to their domestic section 214 application on
February 1, 2010. Because this transaction was consummated without prior Commission approval, Applicants
separately filed a request for Special Temporary Authority (STA). They state that the delay in requesting consent
for the transfer of control at issue occurred because they were unaware of their domestic section 214 application and
approval obligations at the time the transaction was consummated. Applicants further state that they filed the STA
and application to correct the deficiency and to ensure that their customers will continue to receive uninterrupted
service. On February 1, 2010, the Wireline Competition Bureau granted the STA for the domestic authorization for
a period of 60 days. See Letter from Lance J.M. Steinhart, on behalf of Triarch Acquisition Group, LLC, to Marlene
H. Dortch, Secretary, FCC, WC Docket No. 10-33 (filed Jan. 5, 2010). A grant of this application will be without
prejudice to any enforcement action by the Commission for non-compliance with the Communications Act of 1934,
as amended, or the Commission's rules.
2 Associated Telecom Management Services, LLC has filed a series of domestic section 214 applications involving
the acquisition of several competitive LECs that provide service in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. DialTone &
More, Inc. Application for Approval of a Transfer of Control, WC Docket No. 10-6 (filed Dec. 21, 2009); Ren-Tel
Communications, Inc. Application for Approval of a Transfer of Control, WC Docket No. 10-7 (filed Dec. 21,
2009); SC TxLink, LLC Application for Approval of a Transfer of Control, WC Docket No. 10-5 (filed Dec. 21,
to the terms of the proposed transaction, TA Acquisition Group purchased 100 percent of the equity
interests of Triarch, which became a wholly owned subsidiary of the company. Applicants assert that the
proposed transaction is entitled to presumptive streamlined treatment under section 63.03(b)(2)(i) of the
Commission’s rules and that a grant of the application will serve the public interest, convenience, and
Domestic Section 214 Application Filed for the Transfer of Control of Triarch Marketing,
Inc. to Triarch Acquisition Group, LLC, WC Docket No. 10-33 (filed Dec. 21, 2009).
GENERAL INFORMATIONThe Wireline Competition Bureau finds, upon initial review, that the transfer of control
identified herein is 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 C.F.R. § 63.03(a), interested parties may file comments
on or before February 16, 2010, and reply comments on or before February 23, 2010. Unless
otherwise notified by the Commission, the Applicants may transfer control on the 31st day after
the date of this notice.4 Comments must be filed electronically using (1) the Commission’s
Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) or (2) the Federal Government’s e-Rulemaking
Portal. See 47 C.F.R. § 63.03(a) (“All comments on streamlined applications shall be filed
electronically . . . .”); Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 FR 24121
Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the ECFS,
http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/, or the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, http://www.regulations.gov.
Filers should follow the instructions provided on the website for submitting comments.
For ECFS filers, if multiple docket or rulemaking numbers appear in the caption of this
proceeding, filers must transmit one electronic copy of the comments for each docket or
rulemaking number referenced in the caption. 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 may also submit an electronic comment by Internet e-mail. To get
filing instructions, filers should send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following words
in the body of the message, “get form.” A sample form and directions will be sent in response.
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., email@example.com;
phone: (202) 488-5300; fax: (202) 488-5563;
2009); Ganoco, Inc. d/b/a American Dial Tone Application for Approval of a Transfer of Control, WC Docket No.
10-9 (filed Dec. 21, 2009); BLC Management LLC d/b/a Angles Communications Solutions Application for
Approval of a Transfer of Control, WC Docket No. 10-8 (filed Dec. 21, 2009); Bellerud Communications, LLC
Application for Approval of a Transfer of Control, WC Docket No. 10-11 (filed Dec. 21, 2009); Lifeconnex
Telecom, LLC Application for Approval of a Transfer of Control, WC Docket No. 10-10 (filed Dec. 21, 2009).
Applicants state that the transactions do not involve any incumbent LEC services and that, in the states in which
these entities have overlapping operations, there are multiple competitive alternatives.
3 47 C.F.R. § 63.03(b)(2)(i).
4 Such authorization is conditioned upon receipt of any other necessary approvals from the Commission in
connection with the proposed transaction.
2) Tracey Wilson-Parker, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau,
3) Jodie.May, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, firstname.lastname@example.org;
4) David Krech, Policy Division, International Bureau, email@example.com; and
5) Jim Bird, Office of General Counsel, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com; url: www.bcpiweb.com.
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