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Released: December 13, 2013

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

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DA 13-2393

Released: December 13, 2013

APPLICATION OF MCI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES, INC. D/B/A VERIZON

BUSINESS SERVICES TO DISCONTINUE DOMESTIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS

SERVICES NOT AUTOMATICALLY GRANTED

WC Docket No. 13-247

Comp. Pol. File No. 1122

On

September 3, 2013, MCI Communications Services, Inc. d/b/a Verizon Business Services

(Verizon Business or Applicant), located at

One Verizon Way, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

, filed an
application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) requesting authority,
under section 214 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. § 214, and section 63.71 of
the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 63.71, to discontinue certain domestic telecommunications services
in the contiguous 48 states, as well as in Hawaii and the District of Columbia (collectively Service
Areas).1 With an amendment filed on November 5, 2013, Verizon Business updated the record regarding
notice to customers.2 Accordingly, Verizon Business’s application was deemed complete as of November
5, 2013.3 By this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau announces that Verizon Business’s
application to discontinue service will not be automatically granted pursuant to section 63.71.
The application indicates that it currently offers Private Line DS0 Service (64 kbps or less) in the
Service Areas through its Metro Private Line DS0 service and U.S. Private Line DS0 service offerings
(collectively, Affected Services).4 Verizon Business describes Private Line DS0 Service as a point-to-

1 See Letter from Frederick Moacdieh, Executive Director – Federal Regulatory Affairs, Verizon, to Marlene H.
Dortch, Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, Attach., WC Docket No. 13-247 (filed Sept. 3, 2013)
(Application).
2 See Letter from Frederick Moacdieh, Executive Director – Federal Regulatory Affairs, Verizon, to Ms. Marlene H.
Dortch, Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, Attach., WC Docket No. 13-247 (filed Nov. 5, 2013)
(Amendment).
3 By Public Notice dated November 14, 2013, the Commission notified the public that, in accordance with 47 C.F.R.
§ 63.71(c), Verizon Business’s application would be deemed to be automatically granted on the 31st day after the
release date of the notice, unless the Commission notifies CenturyLink that the grant will not be automatically
effective. See Comments Invited on Application of MCI Communications Services, Inc. d/b/a Verizon Business
Services to Discontinue Domestic Telecommunications Services
, Public Notice, WC Docket No. 13-247, DA 13-
2183 (WCB November 14, 2013). Accordingly, the automatic grant date for Verizon Business’s application would
have been December 15, 2013.
4 Application at 1-2. Verizon Business states that the terms and conditions under which Verizon Business offers
Metro Private Line DS0 service and U.S. Private Line DS0 service are available on the Internet in Verizon
Business’s Service Publication and Price Guide as follows:
http://www.verizonenterprise.com/external/service_guide/reg/cp_access_mpls_metro_private_line_service.htm.; and

point communications channel that offers two-way simultaneous transmission, voice, video, and data
services over non-switched, non-usage sensitive dedicated facilities.5 Verizon Business explains,
however, that it plans to discontinue the Affected Services because demand is declining as the
marketplace moves to next-generation technologies that provide higher bandwidths, a wider range of
applications, and greater value.6 In the Amendment, Verizon Business indicates that it plans to
grandfather and eventually discontinue the Affected Services in the Service Areas. Verizon Business
specifies that, on or after December 4, 2013 and subject to Commission approval, it plans to no longer
offer the Affected Services in the Service Areas subject to certain terms.7 Verizon Business maintains
that, on or after that date, existing customers will be able to retain the Affected Services and Verizon
Business will continue to accept orders for moves, adds and changes in accordance with the terms and
conditions of their agreements.8 Verizon Business further notes that it will continue to provide the
Affected Services on a month-to-month basis after the expiration of customers’ contracts, until Verizon
Business discontinues the Affected Services completely upon six months’ written notice, or until the
customers terminate their Affected Services.9 Verizon Business asserts that the public convenience and
necessity will not be impaired by this discontinuance because customers can choose from many
alternative services, including Private IP service, Ethernet services, and private-line services that other
providers currently offer, including carriers affiliated with Verizon Business.
The Commission has received a comment from Pan Am Railways in opposition to Verizon
Business’s proposed discontinuance.10 The Commission normally will authorize proposed
discontinuances of service unless it is shown that customers or other end users would be unable to receive
service or a reasonable substitute from another carrier, or that the public convenience and necessity would
be otherwise adversely affected. Where there is question as to whether a service has reasonable
substitutes or whether the present or future public convenience and necessity will be adversely affected,
the Commission will scrutinize the discontinuance application, consistent with its statutory obligations.11

http://www.verizonenterprise.com/external/service_guide/reg/cp_uspl_us_private_line_services.htm. Application at
2.
5 Application at 2.
6 Application at 3.
7 Amendment at 2. In its original application, Verizon Business stated that it planned on discontinuing the Affected
Services on or after November 4, 2013, subject to the Commission’s authorization. Application at 1. In the
Amendment, Applicant indicates that it later identified an additional 35 affected customers to whom it sent notices
that included updated dates for the discontinuance. Amendment at 1.
8 Application at 1-2.
9 Amendment at 2. According to Verizon Business, month-to-month customers will initially be able to submit
orders for moves, adds or changes, but at some point after the Commission grants this application and before
Verizon Business discontinues the Affected Services completely, Verizon Business intends to discontinue accepting
orders for moves, adds, or changes for these customers with at least sixty days’ written notice. See Application at 2.
10 See Comment of Pan Am Railways, WC Docket No. 13-247 (Dec. 10, 2013). Pan Am Railways’ opposition was
filed outside of the standard comment period but nevertheless raises significant issues of public safety that will be
considered.
11 See 47 U.S.C. § 214(a); 47 C.F.R. § 63.71; see also Policy and Rules Concerning Rates for Competitive Common
Carrier Services and Facilities Authorizations Therefor
, First Report and Order, CC Docket No. 79-252, 85 FCC 2d
1, 49 (1980) (Competitive Carrier First Report and Order) (“we have retained the right to delay grant of a
discontinuance authorization if we believe an unreasonable degree of customer hardship would result.”); Federal
Communications Comm’n v. RCA Communications, Inc.
, 346 U.S. 86, 90 (1953). See, e.g., AT&T Application to
2

Because the comment filed by Pan Am Railways requires further analysis to determine whether
Applicant’s proposed discontinuance would serve the public interest, Verizon Business is notified by this
public notice that its application to discontinue domestic telecommunications services will not be granted
automatically.12
For further information, contact Carmell Weathers, (202) 418-2325 (voice),
Carmell.Weathers@fcc.gov, or Gregory Kwan, (202) 418-1191 (voice), Gregory.Kwan@fcc.gov, of the
Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau. The tty number is (202) 418-0484. For
further information on procedures regarding section 214 please visit
http://www.fcc.gov/wcb/cpd/other_adjud.
– FCC –

Discontinue Interstate Sent-Paid Coin Service Not Automatically Granted, Public Notice, NSD File No. W-P-D-497
(Aug. 3, 2001).
12 See 47 C.F.R. § 63.71(c) (“The application to discontinue . . . shall be automatically granted on the 31st day . . .
unless the Commission has notified the applicant that the grant will not be automatically effective.”).
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