Section 214 Discontinuance Authorizations Granted
Federal Communications Commission
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Released: November 20, 2012
SECTION 214 DISCONTINUANCE AUTHORIZATIONS GRANTED
Section 63.71 Application of MCI Communications Services, Inc. d/b/a Verizon Business Servicesand Verizon Enterprise Solutions LLC to Discontinue Domestic Telecommunications Services
WC Docket No. 12-297
Comp. Pol. File No. 1054
Section 63.71 Application of Verizon Select Services Inc. to Discontinue Domestic
WC Docket No. 12-298
Comp. Pol. File No. 1055On September 21, 2012, MCI Communications Services, Inc. d/b/a Verizon Business Services
and Verizon Enterprise Solutions LLC (collectively, Verizon) filed an application to discontinue the
provision of interstate frame relay service at speeds less than 200 kbps (Frame Relay service). On the
same date, Verizon Select Services Inc. (also referred to herein as Verizon) filed an application to
discontinue the provision of TDM-based interstate long distance private line services at bandwidths of
DS-3 (44.736 Mbps) and below (Private Line services). The applications were filed pursuant to section
214(a) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the Act),1 and section 63.71 of the Commission’s
On October 10, 2012, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) released two Public Notices
seeking comment on Verizon’s applications, and announcing that the applications would be deemed to be
automatically granted on the thirty-first day after the release date of the notice in accordance with section
63.71(c) unless the Commission notified Verizon that the grants would not be automatically effective.3 On
November 9, 2012, to ensure sufficient time to address staff questions, the Bureau issued two Public
Notices alerting the public that Verizon’s applications would not be automatically granted.4
1 47 U.S.C. § 214(a).
2 47 C.F.R. § 63.71.
3 Comments Invited on Application of MCI Communications Services, Inc. d/b/a Verizon Business Services and
Verizon Enterprise Solutions LLC to Discontinue Domestic Telecommunications Services, WC Docket No. 12-297,
Public Notice, DA 12-1618 (WCB Oct. 10, 2012) (seeking comments due by October 25, 2012); Comments Invited
on Application of Verizon Select Services Inc. to Discontinue Domestic Telecommunications Services, WC Docket
No. 12-298, Public Notice, DA 12-1619 (WCB Oct. 10, 2012) (same).
4 Application of MCI Communications Services, Inc. d/b/a Verizon Business Services and Verizon Enterprise
Solutions LLC to Discontinue Domestic Telecommunications Services Not Automatically Granted, WC Docket No.
After considering the additional information that Verizon provided5 and evaluating the relevant
factors,6 we authorize Verizon to discontinue the Frame Relay and Private Line services referenced above.7
Verizon notified affected subscribers of the proposed discontinuances, and the Commission received no
comments in opposition to Verizon’s proposed discontinuances. Verizon is classified as non-dominant with
respect to the services it seeks to discontinue. The Bureau finds no basis in the record to conclude that the
proposed discontinuances would result in an unreasonable degree of customer hardship, and we find that the
grant of the applications will not adversely affect the public convenience and necessity.8
Therefore, pursuant to sections 1, 4(i), and 214 of the Act,9 and sections 0.91, 0.291, and 63.71 of
the Commission’s rules,10 the Bureau hereby grants both of Verizon’s applications referenced above.
Pursuant to section 1.103 of the Commission’s rules,11 the grant is effective upon release of this Public
For further information, please contact Rodney McDonald, Competition Policy Division,
Wireline Competition Bureau, at (202) 418-7513.
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12-297, Public Notice, DA 12-1824 (WCB Nov. 9, 2012); Application of Verizon Select Services Inc. to Discontinue
Domestic Telecommunications Services Not Automatically Granted, WC Docket No. 12-298, Public Notice, DA 12-
1825 (WCB Nov. 9, 2012).
5 See Letter from Donna Epps, Vice President – Federal Regulatory Affairs, Verizon, to Marlene H. Dortch,
Secretary, FCC, WC Docket Nos. 12–297, 12–298 (filed Nov. 20, 2012) (providing information in support of the
applications, including that Verizon’s retail Frame Relay revenues have declined by more than 20% in 2012 and
Verizon’s Private Line revenues have declined by approximately 40% over the past two years, and enumerating
certain service alternatives that will remain available to customers from Verizon and other providers).
6 The Commission considers a number of factors when balancing the interests of the carrier and the affected user
community, including: (1) the financial impact on the common carrier of continuing to provide the service; (2) the
need for the service in general; (3) the need for the particular facilities in question; (4) the existence, availability, and
adequacy of alternatives; and (5) increased charges for alternative services, although this factor may be outweighed
by other considerations. Application for Authority Pursuant to Section 214 of the Communications Act of 1934 to
Cease Providing Dark Fiber Service, File Nos. W-P-C-6670 and W-P-D-364, 8 FCC Rcd 2589, 2600, para. 54
(1993) (Dark Fiber Order), remanded on other grounds, Southwestern Bell v. FCC, 19 F.3d 1475 (D.C. Cir. 1994).
7 The Commission has considerable discretion in determining whether to grant a carrier authority to discontinue
service pursuant to section 214. FCC v. RCA Communications, Inc., 346 U.S. 86, 90–91 (1953); see also Verizon
Telephone Companies, Section 63.71 Application to Discontinue Expanded Interconnection Service Through
Physical Collocation, WC Docket No. 02-237, Order, 18 FCC Rcd 22737 (2003).
8 47 U.S.C. § 214(a).
9 47 U.S.C. §§ 151, 154(i), 214.
10 47 C.F.R. §§ 0.91, 0.291, 63.71.
11 47 C.F.R. § 1.103.
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