Submarine Cable Actions Taken PN
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
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Report No. SCL-00135
Friday November 30, 2012
Actions Taken Under Cable Landing License Act
Section 1.767(a) Cable Landing Licenses, Modifications, and Assignments or Transfers of Control of Interests in
Cable Landing Licenses (47 C.F.R. § 1.767(a))By the Chief, Policy Division, International Bureau:
Pursuant to An Act Relating to the Landing and Operation of Submarine Cables in the United States, 47 U.S.C. §§
34-39 (Cable Landing License Act), Executive Order No. 10530, Exec. Ord. No. 10530 reprinted as amended in 3
U.S.C. § 301, and section 1.767 of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. § 1.767, the following applications ARE
GRANTED. These grants of authority are taken under section 0.261 of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. § 0.261.
Petitions for reconsideration under section 1.106 or applications for review under section 1.115 of the Commission's
rules, 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.106, 1.115, may be filed within 30 days of the date of this public notice.
These applications have been coordinated with the Department of State and other Executive Branch agencies pursuant
to section 1.767(b) of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. §1.767(b), and consistent with procedures established with the
Department of State. See Review of Commission Consideration of Applications under the Cable Landing License Act,
IB Docket No. 00-106, Report and Order, 16 FCC Rcd 22167, 22192-93, paras. 51-52 (2001) (Submarine Cable
Landing License Report and Order); Streamlined Procedures for Executive Branch Review of Submarine Cable Landing
License Requests, State Department Media Note (Revised) (rel. Dec. 20, 2001) available at
This public notice serves as each cable landing licensee's Cable Landing License, or modification thereto, pursuant to
the Cable Landing License Act and sections 1.767 and 1.768 of the Commission's rules. Cable landing licensees should
review carefully the terms and conditions of their licenses. Failure to comply with these terms and conditions or
relevant Commission rules and policies could result in fines or forfeitures.
The Commission most recently amended its rules applicable to submarine cable landing licenses in Review of
Commission Consideration of Applications under the Cable Landing License Act, IB Docket No. 00-106, FCC 01-332,
16 FCC Rcd 22167 (2001), 67 Fed. Reg. 1615 (Jan. 14, 2002). An updated version of sections 1.767 and 1.768 of the
rules is available at http://www.fcc.gov/ib/pd/pf/telecomrules.html. See also
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-598A1.pdf for a March 13, 2002 Public Notice;
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-01-332A1.pdf for the December 14, 2001 Report and Order.
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GCI Communication Corp.
Grant of Authority
Date of Action:
Current Licensee:Alaska United Fiber System Partnership
FROM:Alaska United Fiber System Partnership
TO:GCI Communication Corp.
Notification filed May 15, 2008, of the pro forma assignment of the cable landing license for the Alaska United West cable system,
SCL-LIC-20020522-00047, held by Alaska United Fiber System Partnership (AUFSP), to GCI Communication Corp. (GCIC). The Alaska
United West cable system lands in Warrenton, Oregon and Seward, Alaska.
On May 15, 2008, as part of an internal corporate reorganization, AUFSP assigned the cable landing license for the Alaska United West cable
system to GCIC. AUFSP and GCIC are both indirect, wholly-owned and controlled subsidiaries of General Communication, Inc.
Grant of Authority
Date of Action:
Current Licensee:GCI Communication Corp.
FROM:GCI Communication Corp.
Notification filed October 19, 2012, of the pro forma assignment of the cable landing license for the Alaska United West cable system,
SCL-LIC-20020522-00047, held by GCI Communication Corp. (GCIC), to Unicom, Inc. (Unicom). The Alaska United West cable system lands
in Warrenton, Oregon and Seward, Alaska.
On September 29, 2012, as part of an internal corporate reorganization, GCIC assigned the cable landing license for the Alaska United West cable
system to Unicom. GCIC and Unicom are both indirect, wholly-owned and controlled subsidiaries of General Communication, Inc.
Brasil Telecom of America Inc.
Grant of Authority
Date of Action:
Application to modify the cable landing license for the GlobeNet Cable System, SCL-LIC-19990602-00010, held by Brasil Telecom of America,
Inc. (GlobeNet), for an additional segment extending the existing cable system to Barranquilla, Colombia. The GlobeNet Cable System currently
links Boca Raton, Florida; Maiquetia, Venezuela; Fortaleza, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; St. David's, Bermuda; and Tuckerton, New Jersey.
The cable is operated on a non-common carrier basis.
The GlobeNet Cable System will be connected to Colombia by the insertion of a Branching Unit to divert a fiber pair in the segment of the system
that connects Boca Raton, Florida and Maiquetia, Venezuela. This new segment will consist of a new two fiber pair submarine cable
approximately 1,000 km long to reach Barranquilla, Colombia. The resulting links, Colombia-U.S.A. and Colombia-Venezuela, will be designed
to allow at least 1.92Tbit/s of traffic capacity (48 x 40Gbit/s) per fiber pair.
GlobeNet owns the entirety of the GlobeNet Cable System. GlobeNet is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brasil Telecom Subsea Cable Systems
(Bermuda) Ltd, which is in turn a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brasil Telecom Cabos Submarinos Ltda. Oi S.A. has a 99.99% interest in Brasil
Telecom Cabos Submarinos Ltda,. and Telemar Participacoes S.A. (TmarPart) has a 17.72% interest in Oi S.A. L.F Tel S.A. and AG Telecom
Participacoes S.A. each have a 10.91% indirect interest in GlobeNet through their ownership in TmarPart. No other individuals or entities have a
10% or greater direct or indirect equity or voting interest in GlobeNet.
GlobeNet agrees to accept and abide by the routine conditions set out in section 1.767(g) of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. § 1.767(g).
GlobeNet also agrees to accept and abide by the reporting requirements set out in section 1.767(l) of the rules, 47 C.F.R. § 1.767(l), for the
GlobeNet has entered into a Letter of Assurance (LOA), dated February 11, 2009, with the Department of Homeland Security regarding the
operations of the GlobeNet Cable System. GlobeNet state that it will continue to abide by the requirements of the LOA with respect to the new
segment and landing site. A copy of the LOA is publicly available and may be viewed on the FCC web-site through the International Bureau
Filing System (IBFS) by searching for SCL-MOD-20121003-00012 and accessing "Other filings related to this application" from the Document
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