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Released: July 11, 2012

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

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DA 12-1116

Release Date: July 11, 2012

WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON PETITIONS FOR

DESIGNATION AS A LOW-INCOME ELIGIBLE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CARRIER

FILED BY BIRCH, BLUE JAY, EZ REACH, LINKUP TELECOM, TELE CIRCUIT NETWORK

AND YOU TALK MOBILE

WC Docket No. 09-197

Comment Date: August 10, 2012
Reply Comment Date: August 27, 2012

The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on petitions filed by Birch Communications,
Inc. (Birch),1 Blue Jay Wireless, LLC (Blue Jay),2 EZ Reach Mobile, LLC (EZ Reach),3 Linkup Telecom,
Inc. (Linkup Telecom),4 Tele Circuit Network Corporation (Tele Circuit)5 and You Talk Mobile-Federal,


1 Birch Communications, Inc. Petition for Designation as a Lifeline Eligible Telecommunications Carrier, WC
Docket No. 09-197 (filed Apr. 27, 2012) (Birch Petition). Birch has a compliance plan pending with the
Commission and may not be designated as an ETC until that plan has been approved by the Wireline Competition
Bureau. See Amended Compliance Plan of Birch Communications, Inc., WC Docket Nos. 09-197 and 11-42 (filed
June 1, 2012); see also, Lifeline and Link Up Reform and Modernization et al, WC Docket No.11-42 et al., Report
and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 12-11, at para. 380 (rel. Feb. 6, 2012) (Lifeline Reform
Order
).
2 Blue Jay Wireless, LLC Petition for Limited Designation as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier in Alabama,
Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee
and Virginia, WC Docket No. 09-197 (filed May 21, 2012) (Blue Jay Petition). Blue Jay has a compliance plan
pending with the Commission and may not be designated as an ETC until its plan has been approved by the Wireline
Competition Bureau. See Blue Jay Wireless, LLC Compliance Plan, WC Docket Nos. 09-197 and 11-42 (filed May
11, 2012); see also, Lifeline Reform Order, FCC 12-11, at para. 380.
3 EZ Reach Mobile, LLC Petition for Limited Designation as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier in Alabama,
Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee
and Virginia, WC Docket No. 09-197 (filed May 10, 2012) (EZ Reach Petition). EZ Reach has a compliance plan
pending with the Commission and may not be designated an ETC until its plan has been approved by the Wireline
Competition Bureau. See EZ Reach Mobile, LLC Compliance Plan, WC Docket Nos. 09-197 and 11-42 (filed May
1, 2012); see also, Lifeline Reform Order, FCC 12-11, at para. 380.
4 Linkup Telecom, Inc. Petition for Limited Designation as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier in Alabama,
Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee
and Virginia, WC Docket No. 09-197 (filed May 22, 2012) (Linkup Telecom Petition). Linkup Telecom has a
compliance plan pending with the Commission and may not be designated an ETC until its plan has been approved
by the Wireline Competition Bureau. See Linkup Telecom, Inc. Compliance Plan, WC Docket Nos. 09-197 and 11-
42 (filed Apr. 6, 2012); see also, Lifeline Reform Order, FCC 12-11, at para. 380.
5 Tele Circuit Network Corporation Petition for Limited Designation as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier in
the States of Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, New Hampshire, New York, Tennessee, the Commonwealth
of Virginia, and the District of Columbia, WC Docket No. 09-197 (filed July 6, 2012) (Tele Circuit Petition). Tele
Circuit has a compliance plan pending with the Commission and may not be designated an ETC until its plan has

LLC (You Talk)6 for limited designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) for the
provision of Lifeline service. Blue Jay, EZ Reach, Linkup Telecom, Tele Circuit and You Talk each seek
designation as an ETC for the limited purpose of offering Lifeline service in Alabama, Connecticut,
Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New York, Tennessee and
Virginia.7 Birch seeks ETC designation for the limited purpose of offering Lifeline service in Alabama,
Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee.8
Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, interested parties may file
comments and reply comments on or before the dates indicated on the first page of this document.
Comments may be filed using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).9
§
Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the
ECFS: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/.
§
Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each
filing. If more than one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding,
filers must submit two additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number.
Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-
class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s
Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.
§
All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary
must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW, Room TW-A325,
Washington, DC 20554. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries
must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes and boxes must be
disposed of before entering the building.
§
Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority
Mail) must be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.
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U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th
Street, SW, Washington DC 20554.





been approved by the Wireline Competition Bureau. See Linkup Telecom, Inc. Compliance Plan, WC Docket Nos.
09-197 and 11-42 (filed Apr. 6, 2012); see also, Lifeline Reform Order, FCC 12-11, at para. 380.
6 You Talk Mobile- Federal, LLC Petition for Limited Designation as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier in
Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina,
Tennessee and Virginia, WC Docket No. 09-197 (filed June 19, 2012) (You Talk Petition). You Talk has a
compliance plan pending with the Commission and may not be designated an ETC until its plan has been approved
by the Wireline Competition Bureau. See You Talk Mobile-Federal, LLC, Compliance Plan, WC Docket Nos. 09-
197 and 11-42 (filed Apr. 27, 2012); see also, Lifeline Reform Order, FCC 12-11, at para. 380.
7 Blue Jay Petition at 1-2; EZ Reach Petition at 1; Linkup Petition at 1; You Talk Petition at 1.
8 Birch Petition at 1.
9 See 47 CFR §§ 1.415, 1.419; Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 FR 24121 (1998).
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People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (braille,
large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer &
Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).
The proceeding this Notice initiates shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in
accordance with the Commission’s ex parte rules.10 Persons making ex parte presentations must file a
copy of any written presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two
business days after the presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies).
Persons making oral ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentation
must (1) list all persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte
presentation was made, and (2) summarize all data presented and arguments made during the
presentation. If the presentation consisted in whole or in part of the presentation of data or arguments
already reflected in the presenter’s written comments, memoranda or other filings in the proceeding, the
presenter may provide citations to such data or arguments in his or her prior comments, memoranda, or
other filings (specifying the relevant page and/or paragraph numbers where such data or arguments can be
found) in lieu of summarizing them in the memorandum. Documents shown or given to Commission
staff during ex parte meetings are deemed to be written ex parte presentations and must be filed
consistent with rule 1.1206(b). In proceedings governed by rule 1.49(f) or for which the Commission has
made available a method of electronic filing, written ex parte presentations and memoranda summarizing
oral ex parte presentations, and all attachments thereto, must be filed through the electronic comment
filing system available for that proceeding, and must be filed in their native format (e.g., .doc, .xml, .ppt,
searchable .pdf). Participants in this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission’s ex
parte
rules.
For further information, please contact Divya S. Shenoy, Telecommunications Access Policy
Division, Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-7400 or TTY (202) 418-0484.
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10 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
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