Petitions for Waiver of High-Cost Universal Service Filing Deadlines
Federal Communications Commission
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: November 19, 2013
WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU SEEKS TO DETERMINE PARTIES’ CONTINUING
INTEREST IN SEVERAL PETITIONS FOR WAIVER OF VARIOUS HIGH-COST
UNIVERSAL SERVICE FILING DEADLINES
WC Docket No. 08-71
CC Docket No. 96-45
Deadline for Responses: January 3, 2014The Wireline Competition Bureau has pending before it several petitions for waiver of various
high-cost universal service filing deadlines. Each of these petitions was filed at least one year prior to the
date of this Public Notice, and involves filing requirements and funding years that pre-date the reforms
adopted in the 2011 USF/ICC Transformation Order.1 Moreover, no comments or ex parte submissions
have been filed on these petitions for at least one year. As part of the Commission’s ongoing effort to
manage its dockets and reduce backlog,2 and in an effort to avoid the need to address issues
unnecessarily, the Bureau believes it would be appropriate to assess the parties’ continuing interests in
these requests. We therefore intend to dismiss each petition listed below without prejudice unless the
petitioner comes forward within 45 days of the date of this Public Notice to state that it intends to pursue
the petition. The Bureau is sending copies of this Public Notice to the petitioners at the addresses listed
on their petitions.
These petitions and related information are listed below:
Rules(s) in Question
Date Petition FiledPine Cellular Phones, Inc.
Hayneville Fiber Transport, Inc.
USAC filing window and/or
d/b/a Camellia Communications
Hargray Telephone Company
Long Lines Wireless, LLC
OTZ Telecommunications, Inc.
1 Connect America Fund et al., WC Docket No. 10-90 et al., Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking, 26 FCC Rcd 17663 (2011) (USF/ICC Transformation Order), pets. for review pending, sub nom. In re:
FCC 11-161, No. 11-9900 (10th Cir. filed Dec. 8, 2011).
2 Cf. Amendment of Certain of the Commission’s Part 1 Rules of Practice and Procedure and Part 0 Rules of
Commission Organization, GC Docket No. 10-44, Report and Order, 26 FCC Rcd 1594, 1604, paras. 23-24 (2011)
(termination of dormant proceedings).
Pine Belt Telephone Company,
NECA Cost Study Window
Virgin Islands Telephone Corp.
NECA Cost Study Window
d/b/a Innovative Telephone
Pursuant to section 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, any petitioner intending to pursue its
petition must file a letter stating that on or before the date indicated above.3 The letter is to reference
Docket No. 08-71
CC Docket No. 96-45, and may be filed using the Commission’s Electronic
Comment Filing System (ECFS) or by filing paper copies.
Electronic Filers: Letters may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the ECFS:
Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each
filing. Because more than one docket number appears in the caption of this proceeding, filers
must submit two additional copies for the additional docket number. 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.
o All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary
must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW, Room TW-A325,
Washington, DC 20554. The filing hours are 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.
o 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.
o U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th
Street, SW, Washington DC 20554.
In addition, we request that one copy of each letter be sent to each of the following:
(1) Christopher Cook, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445
12th Street, SW, Room 6-A110, Washington, DC 20554; e-mail: Christopher.Cook@fcc.gov;
(2) Abdel Eqab, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th
Street, SW, Room 5-B431, Washington, DC 20554; e-mail: Abdel-Hamid.Eqab@fcc.gov; and
(3) Charles Tyler, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th
Street, SW, Room 5-A452, Washington, DC 20554; e-mail: Charles.Tyler@fcc.gov.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (tty).
3 47 C.F.R. § 1.419.
The proceedings this Public Notice initiates shall be treated as “permit-but-disclose” proceedings
in accordance with the Commission’s ex parte rules.4 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 these proceedings should familiarize themselves with the Commission’s
ex parte rules.
For further information, please contact Christopher Cook or Abdel Eqab, Telecommunications
Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-7400 or TTY (202) 418-0484.
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4 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
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