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Released: February 23, 2010
DOMESTIC SECTION 214 APPLICATION FILED FOR THE TRANSFER OF CONTROL OF
PIEDMONT COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES, INC. AND PIEDMONT TELEPHONE
MEMBERSHIP CORPORATION TO SURRY TELEPHONE MEMBERSHIP CORPORATION
NON-STREAMLINED PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED
WC Docket No. 10-35
Comments Due: March 9, 2010
Reply Comments Due: March 16, 2010
On January 27, 2010, Piedmont Communications Services, Inc. (PCS), Piedmont Telephone
Membership Corporation (PTMC), and Surry Telephone Membership Corporation (STMC) (collectively,
the Applicants), filed an application pursuant to section 63.03 of the Commission’s rules1 to transfer
control of PCS from PTMC to STMC. Applicants do not seek streamlined treatment for this application
and closed this transaction without Commission approval on January 1, 2009.
PCS was a wholly owned subsidiary of PTMC at the time of the merger and, as a result of the
merger, PCS became a wholly owned subsidiary of STMC. At the time of the merger, both PTMC and
PCS provided telecommunications services only in Davidson County, North Carolina. PTMC was a local
exchange carrier and its subsidiary, PCS, operated as a reseller of long distance services. STMC, a North
Carolina cooperative with no ten percent or greater interest holders, is a local exchange carrier that
operates in Surry and Stokes Counties in North Carolina. As a result of the merger with PTMC into
STMC, STMC now also provides local exchange service in Davidson County, North Carolina. STMC
had a subsidiary named Surry Telecommunications, Inc. (STI) that operated as a reseller of long distance
services in Surry and Stokes Counties, until STI was merged in PCS as of July 1, 2009. PCS now
operates in Davidson, Surry, and Stokes Counties in the same portions of those counties as STMC. Other
than PCS, STMC has no affiliates at this time that provide telecommunication services.
1 47 C.F.R § 63.03; see
47 U.S.C. § 214. Applicants are also filing an application for the transfer of control of
authorization for international services. Any action on this domestic section 214 application is without prejudice to
Commission action on other related, pending applications. Applicants also filed a request for Special Temporary
Authority (STA) for a period of sixty (60) days to allow PCS to continue to provide interstate telecommunications
services pending action on this application for permanent section 214 authority. See
Letter from David L. Nace to
Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, WC Docket 10-35 (filed Jan. 27, 2010). The
Wireline Competition Bureau granted the STA request on February 23, 2010. The Applicants also filed notification
of a pro forma
assignment that occurred on July 1, 2009, when Surry Telecommunications, Inc., a domestic services
reseller and subsidiary of STMC, was merged into PCS.
Applicants filed a supplement to their application on
February 19, 2010.
Applicants state that a grant of this application will serve the public interest, convenience, and
necessity. Applicants state that the proposed transaction will have no immediate, adverse affect on the
rates for service that customers currently experience. Applicants maintain that the proposed transaction
will continue to provide a high quality of service and that the merger of the two companies was
recommended by the Board of Directors of each company and approved by the member owners.
Domestic Section 214 Application Filed for the Transfer of Control of Piedmont
Communications Services, Inc. and Piedmont Telephone Membership Corporation to
Surry Telephone Membership, WC Docket No. 10-35 (filed Jan. 27, 2010).
The transfer of control identified herein has been found, upon initial review, to be acceptable for
filing as a non-streamlined application. The Commission reserves the right to return any transfer
application if, upon further examination, it is determined to be defective and not in conformance with the
Commission’s rules and policies. Pursuant to section 63.03(a) of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR
§ 63.03(a), interested parties may file comments on or before March 9, 2010
and reply comments on or
before March 16, 2010
. Comments may be filed using: (1) the Commission’s Electronic Comment
Filing System (ECFS), (2) the Federal Government’s eRulemaking Portal, or (3) by filing paper copies. See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings
, 63 FR 24121 (1998).
Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the
or the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov
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.
Effective December 28, 2009, 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. All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or
fasteners. Any envelopes 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.
U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th Street,
SW, Washington DC 20554.
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