WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON AMERICAN BROADBAND & TELECOMMUNICATIONS PETITION FOR FORBEARANCE FROM ELIGIBLE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CARRIER FACILITIES REQUIREMENT
Federal Communications Commission
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Release Date: April 7, 2011
WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON AMERICAN BROADBAND &
TELECOMMUNICATIONS PETITION FOR FORBEARANCE FROM ELIGIBLE
TELECOMMUNICATIONS CARRIER FACILITIES REQUIREMENT
WC Docket No. 09-197
Comment Date: May 9, 2011
Reply Comment Date: May 24, 2011
American Broadband & Telecommunications (American Broadband) for forbearance from the
requirement that eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) provide service, at least in part, over their
own facilities.1 American Broadband seeks forbearance to enable it to be designated an ETC for purposes
of receiving universal service low-income support under the Lifeline program.2
Interested parties may file comments on or before May 9, 2011, and reply comments on or
before May 24, 2011. All pleadings are to reference
WC Docket No. 09-197. Comments may be filed
using the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) or by filing paper copies.3
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 four copies 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, D.C. 20554. All hand
deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes must be disposed of
before entering the building. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Commercial overnight mail
1 Petition for Forbearance of American Broadband & Telecommunications, WC Docket No. 09-197, CC Docket No.
96-45 (filed Feb. 25, 2011) (American Broadband Petition). American Broadband requests forbearance from this
requirement as set forth in section 214(e)(1)(A) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, as well as in
sections 54.201(d)(1) and 54.201(i) of our rules. See Letter from Tamar E. Finn, Counsel, American Broadband &
Telecommunications, to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, FCC, WC Docket No. 09-197, at 2 (filed Mar. 22, 2011)
(American Broadband Appendix); 47 U.S.C. 214(e)(1)(A); 47 C.F.R. 54.201(d)(1), (i).
2 American Broadband Petition at 12; American Broadband Appendix.
3 See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, GC Docket No. 97-113, Report and Order, 13
FCC Rcd 11322 (1998).
(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, S.W., 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 e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (tty).
In addition, one copy of each pleading must be sent to each of the following:(1) The Commission's duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., 445 12th Street, S.W., Room
CY-B402, Washington, D.C. 20554, www.bcpiweb.com; phone: (202) 488-5300 fax: (202) 488-
(2) Divya Shenoy, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th
Street, S.W., Room 5-B442, Washington, D.C. 20554; e-mail: email@example.com; and
(3) Charles Tyler, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th
Street, S.W., Room 5-A452, Washington, D.C. 20554; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Filings and comments are also available for public inspection and copying during regular
business hours at the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-
A257, Washington, D.C. 20554. They may also be purchased from the Commission's duplicating
contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington,
D.C. 20554, telephone: (202) 488-5300, fax: (202) 488-5563, or via e-mail www.bcpiweb.com.
This matter shall be treated as a "permit-but-disclose" proceeding in accordance with the
Commission's ex parte rules.4 Persons making oral ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda
summarizing the presentations must contain summaries of the substance of the presentation and not
merely a listing of the subjects discussed. More than a one or two sentence description of the views and
arguments presented generally is required.5 Other rules pertaining to oral and written ex parte
presentations in permit-but-disclose proceedings are set forth in section 1.1206(b) of the Commission's
For further information, please contact Divya Shenoy, Telecommunications Access Policy
Division, Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-7400 or TTY (202) 418-0484.
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4 47 C.F.R. 1.1200 et seq.
5 See 47 C.F.R. 1.1206(b)(2).
6 47 C.F.R. 1.1206(b).
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