SECTION 214 APPLICATION USCARRIER TELECOM, LLC TO AMERICAN FIBER SYSTEM
Federal Communications Commission
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: August 22, 2012
DOMESTIC SECTION 214 APPLICATION FILED FOR THE TRANSFER OF CONTROL OF
USCARRIER TELECOM, LLC TO AMERICAN FIBER SYSTEMS, INC.
STREAMLINED PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED
WC Docket No. 12-231
Comments Due: September 5, 2012
Reply Comments Due: September 12, 2012
LLC (USC), and American Fiber Systems, Inc. (AFS) (collectively, Applicants) filed an application
pursuant to section 63.03 of the Commission’s rules1 to transfer control of USC to AFS.
USC is a majority owned subsidiary of USC Holdings. Both are Georgia limited liability
companies. USC Holdings’ membership consists of seventeen local exchange companies (LECs) or
affiliates of LECs (collectively, the Sellers) and AFS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Zayo Group, LLC
(Zayo). 2 Prior to the proposed transaction, Sellers and AFS respectively own approximately 45 percent
and approximately 55 percent of the membership units of USC Holdings.3 Applicants state that, while
AFS owns approximately 55 percent of the membership units of USC Holdings, AFS does not have actual
control of USC Holdings (nor indirect control of USC). USC provides competitive LEC, interexchange,
and other telecommunications services in Alabama, Florida (interexchange only), Georgia, South
Carolina (interexchange only), and Tennessee (private line services only).
AFS is a Delaware corporation, is a wholly owned direct subsidiary of American Fiber Systems
Holding Corp. (AFS Holdings), a Delaware corporation, which is a wholly owned direct subsidiary of
Zayo. Zayo is a Delaware limited liability company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Zayo Group
Holdings, Inc. (Zayo Holdings), a Delaware corporation, which in turn, is a wholly owned direct
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 Applicants state that two independent local exchange company members own small, minority interests directly in
USC equaling, in the aggregate, approximately two percent of the ownership of USC. They further state that USC
Holdings intends to purchase all of the ownership interests (approximately one percent) of one of such members
prior to completion of the transaction.
3 Applicants state that none of the Sellers individually hold more than 10 percent of the membership interests in
USC Holdings or USC.
subsidiary of Communications Infrastructure Investments, LLC (CII), a Delaware limited liability
company. Zayo and its subsidiaries provide dark fiber and telecommunications services in multiple states
and the District of Columbia primarily to wireless service providers and other communications and
business entities.4 Applicants state that the following entities hold a 10 percent or greater interest in CII:
Oak Investment Partners XII, Limited Partnership (15.06 percent);5 M/C Venture Partners VI, L.P. (13.24
percent);6 Columbia Capital Equity Partners IV (QP), L.P. (12.07 percent);7 Charlesbank Equity Fund VI,
Limited Partnership (11.22 percent);8 and GTCR Fund X/A LP (11.08 percent).9 Applicants further state
that all entities are U.S. based.10
Pursuant to the terms of the proposed transaction, AFS will acquire all of the outstanding
membership units in USC Holdings held by Sellers. As a result, USC Holdings will become a wholly
owned direct subsidiary of AFS, and USC will become an indirectly owned subsidiary of AFS (and
Zayo). AFS will gain actual control of USC Holdings and USC. 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 USCarrier
Telecom, LLC to American Fiber Systems, Inc. WC Docket No. 12-231 (filed Aug. 16,
4 Applicants state that the following entities are subsidiaries or affiliates of Zayo and are authorized to provide
competitive telecommunications services in multiple states: 360networks (USA) Inc., AboveNet Communications,
Inc., Arialink Telecom, LLC, Onvoy, Inc., Minnesota Independent Equal Access Corporation, Zayo Enterprise
Networks, LLC. Through its owners, Zayo is affiliated with additional competitive telecommunications providers in
multiple states. USCarrier Telecom Holdings, LLC, USCarrier Telecom , LLC, and American Fiber Systems, Inc.,
WC Docket No. 12-231, Joint Application (filed Aug. 16, 2012) (Application) at 19-20.
5 The general partner of Oak Investment Partners XII, Limited Partnership is Oak Associates XII, LLC. The
following U.S. citizens are the managing Members of Oak Associates XII, LLC: Bandel L. Carano, Edward F.
Glassmeyer, Ann H. Lamont, and Fredric W. Harman.
6 The general partner of M/C Venture Partners VI, L.P. is M/C VP VI, L.P. The general partner of M/C VP VI, L.P.
is M/C Venture Partners, LLC. The following U.S. citizens are the managing members of M/C Venture Partners,
LLC: James F. Wade, David D. Croll, Matthew J. Rubins, John W. Watkins, and John Van Hooser.
7 Columbia Capital IV, LLC is the general partner of Columbia Capital Equity Partners IV, L.P., which is the
general partner of Columbia Capital Equity Partners IV (QP), L.P. The following U.S. citizens are the managing
members of Columbia Capital IV, LLC: James B. Fleming, Jr., R. Philip Herget, III, and Harry F. Hopper III.
8 Charlesbank Equity Fund VI GP, Limited Partnership is the general partner of Charlesbank Equity Fund VI,
Limited Partnership. Charlesbank Capital Partners, LLC is the general partner of Charlesbank Equity Fund VI GP,
Limited Partnership. The following U.S. citizens are the managing members and owners of Charlesbank Capital
Partners, LLC: Michael Eisenson, Tim Palmer, Kim Davis, Mark Rosen, Michael Choe, Brandon White, Jon Biotti,
Andrew Janower, and Michael Thonis.
9 GTCR Partners X/A&C LP is the general partner of GTCR Fund X/A LP. GTCR Investment X LLC is the general
partner of GTCR Partners X/A&C LP. The following U.S. citizens are members of the board of managers of
GTCR Investment X LLC: Mark M. Anderson, Craig A Bondy, Philip A. Canfield, David A Donnini, David S.
Katz, Constantine S. Mihas, Collin E. Roche, Sean L. Cunningham, and Aaron D. Cohen.
10 Applicants attached detailed ownership information to their domestic section 214 application. Application at 9-14
and Exhibit A.
11 47 C.F.R. § 63.03(b)(2)(i).
GENERAL INFORMATIONThe 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 September 5, 2012, and reply comments on
or before September 12, 2012. Unless otherwise notified by the Commission, the Applicants may
transfer control on the 31st day after the date of this notice.12 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).
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hours at the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-A257,
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Best Copy and Printing, Inc., Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington, D.C. 20554;
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12 Such authorization is conditioned upon receipt of any other necessary approvals from the Commission in
connection with the proposed transaction.
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