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WCB extends USTelecom Forbearance deadline until May 17, 2013

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Released: February 7, 2013

Federal Communications Commission

DA 13-172

Before the

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of
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Petition of USTelecom For Forbearance Under 47
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WC Docket No. 12-61
U.S.C. § 160(c) From Enforcement Of Certain
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Legacy Telecommunications Regulations
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ORDER

Adopted: February 7, 2013

Released: February 7, 2013

By the Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau:
1. In this order, pursuant to section 10(c) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the
Act),1 we extend by 90 days the date by which the petition requesting forbearance filed by the United
States Telecom Association (USTelecom) shall be deemed granted in the absence of a Commission
decision that the petition fails to meet the standards for forbearance under section 10(a) of the Act.2
2. On February 16, 2012, USTelecom filed a petition pursuant to section 10 of the Act
requesting that the Commission forbear from enforcing certain “legacy telecommunications regulations.”3
Specifically, USTelecom seeks forbearance from a variety of statutory provisions and regulations that
USTelecom characterizes as falling into one of seventeen categories.4 Section 10(c) of the Act states that
a petition for forbearance shall be deemed granted if the Commission does not deny the petition for
failure to meet the requirements for forbearance under section 10(a) within one year after the Commission
receives it, unless the Commission extends the one-year period.5 The Commission may extend the initial
one-year period by an additional 90 days if the Commission finds that an extension is necessary to meet
the requirements of section 10(a).6
3. The USTelecom Petition raises significant questions about whether forbearance from the
application of numerous statutory and regulatory requirements in the provision of telecommunications
services meets the statutory requirements set forth in section 10(a). We conclude that additional time is
required to fully examine whether the forbearance requested by US Telecom meets the statutory
requirements set forth in section 10(c) of the Act. For these reasons, the Bureau finds that a 90-day
extension is warranted under section 10(c).


1 47 U.S.C. § 160(c).
2 47 U.S.C. § 160(a)(c)); Petition of United States Telecom Association for Forbearance Pursuant to 47 U.S.C. §
160(c)
, WC Docket No. 12-61 (filed Feb. 16, 2012) (USTelecom Petition).
3 USTelecom Petition at 3.
4 USTelecom Petition. On March 8, 2012, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) sought comment on
USTelecom’s petition. Pleading Cycle Established for Comment on United States Telecom Association Petition for
Forbearance from Certain Telecommunications Regulations
, WC Docket No. 12-61, Public Notice, 27 FCC Rcd
2326 (2012).
5 47 U.S.C. § 160(c).
6 Id.; see, e.g., Petition of Ameritech Corporation for Forbearance from Enforcement of Section 275(a) of the
Communications Act of 1934, as Amended
, CC Docket No. 98-65, Order, 14 FCC Rcd 6415 (Com. Car. Bur. 1999).

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DA 13-172

4. Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that, pursuant to section 10 of the Communications Act of
1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. § 160, and authority delegated under sections 0.91 and 0.291 of the
Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. §§ 0.91, 0.291,7 the date on which the petition seeking forbearance filed
by USTelecom shall be deemed granted, in the absence of a Commission denial of the petition for failure
to meet the statutory standards for forbearance, IS EXTENDED to May 17, 2013.
5. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, pursuant to section 1.102(b)(1) of the Commission’s rules,
47 C.F.R. § 1.102(b)(1), this order shall be effective upon release.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
Julie A. Veach
Chief
Wireline Competition Bureau


7 See 47 U.S.C. § 160(c).
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