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Released: December 6, 2013

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

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445 12th St., S.W.

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Washington, D.C. 20554




DA 13-2336

Released: December 6, 2013


WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON

ILLINOIS RURAL HEALTHNET, COLORADO TELEHEALTH NETWORK, AND

OREGON HEALTH NETWORK REQUESTS FOR REVIEW OF DECISIONS BY

THE UNIVERSAL SERVICE ADMINISTRATIVE COMPANY


WC Docket No. 02-60


Comment Date: December 20, 2013
Reply Comment Date: January 3, 2014


The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on three Rural Health Care (RHC) Program
participants’ appeals of Universal Service Administrative Company decisions denying Program support.1
Illinois Rural HealthNet, Colorado Telehealth Network, and Oregon Health Network argue that their non-
rural clinics should be considered to be eligible health care providers under the Commission’s Healthcare
Connect Fund and therefore should be eligible for RHC support.2

Interested parties may file comments and reply comments on or before the dates indicated on the
first page of this document. Comments are to reference

WC Docket No. 02-60

and may 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 ECFShttp://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/">: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/.

 Paper Filers: 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 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.

1 See Letter from Roger L. Holloway, President/CEO, Illinois Rural HealthNet to Linda Oliver, Deputy Chief,
Telecommunications Access Policy Division, FCC Wireline Competition Bureau, WC Docket No. 02-60 (filed Nov.
21, 2013); Letter from Robert Jenkins, Program Manager, Colorado Telehealth Network to Marlene H. Dortch,
Secretary, FCC, WC Docket No. 02-60 (filed Nov. 22, 2013); Letter from Kim Klupenger, Project Coordinator,
Oregon Health Network to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, FCC, WC Docket No. 02-60 (filed Nov. 27, 2013).
2 See id.

 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, SW, Washington DC 20554.

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).

In addition, we request that one copy of each pleading be sent to each of the following:


(1) Garnet Hanly, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau,
445 12th Street, S.W., Room 5A-346, Washington, D.C. 20554; e-mail: Garnet.Hanly@fcc.gov;
and
(2) Charles Tyler, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau,
445 12th Street, S.W., Room 5-A452, Washington, D.C. 20554; e-mail: Charles.Tyler@fcc.gov.

The proceeding this Notice initiates shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding
in accordance with the Commission’s ex parte rules.3 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.
For further information, please contact Garnet Hanly, Telecommunications Access Policy
Division, Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-7400 or TTY (202) 418-0484.
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3 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.


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