WCB Seeks Comment on Request to Amend the Copper Retirement Rules
Federal Communications Commission
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Release Date: February 4, 2013
WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON
REQUEST TO REFRESH RECORD AND AMEND THE COMMISSION’S
COPPER RETIREMENT RULES
WC Docket No. 12-353; RM-11358
Comment Date: March 5, 2013
Reply Comment Date: March 20, 2013
TelePacific); ACN Communications Services, Inc.; Level 3 Communications, LLC; TDS Metrocom, LLC
and Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) requested1 that the Commission
“refresh the record” and make certain changes to its copper retirement rules.2
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.3 All
pleadings are to reference
WC Docket No. 12-353 and RM-11358.Comments may be filed using the
Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).4
Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the
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.
1 Letter of US Telepacific Corp. et al. Requesting Commission to Refresh Record and Take Expedited Action to
Update Copper Retirement Rules, WC Docket Nos. 10-188, 12-353; GN Docket Nos. 09-51, 13-5; RM-11358 (filed
Jan. 25, 2013).
2 See, e.g., 47 C.F.R. § 51.333.
3 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.415, 1.419.
4 See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, GC Docket No. 97-113, Report and Order, 13
FCC Rcd 11322 (1998).
All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary must be
delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th Street, 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
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.
U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th Street,
SW, Washington D.C. 20554.
People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities
(Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice) or (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.5 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
For further information, please contact Tim Stelzig, Wireline Competition Bureau, Competition
Policy Division, at (202) 418-0942.
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5 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
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