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Released: November 9, 2012
COMMENTS INVITED ON APPLICATION OF
SIGECOM, LLC D/B/A WOW! INTERNET, CABLE AND PHONE
TO DISCONTINUE DOMESTIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES
WC Docket No. 12-310
Comp. Pol. File No. 1058
Comments Due: November 26, 2012
Section 214 Application
Applicant: Sigecom, LLC d/b/a WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone
October 15, 2012, Sigecom, LLC d/b/a WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone
Applicant), located at 6045 Wedeking Avenue, Evansville, IN 47715
, filed an application with the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) requesting authority, under section 214 of the
Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. § 214, and section 63.71 of the Commission’s
rules, 47 C.F.R. § 63.71, to discontinue certain domestic telecommunications services in the City of
Evansville, the Town of Chandler and the Town of Newburgh, IN (collectively, Service Areas).
Sigecom indicates that it currently provides circuit switched local exchange and domestic and
international long distance services to residential and commercial customers receiving service in the
Service Areas via the Nortel Cornerstone platform. Sigecom explains, however, that it has revised its
business plan and has decided to discontinue these services because the technology used to provide these
services is now obsolete.1 As indicated in its first application, Sigecom states that it plans to discontinue
these services in phases over the next several months.2 Sigecom specifies that the discontinuance for this
1 Discontinuance of international service is governed by 47 C.F.R. § 63.19.
2 Sigecom filed an application on March 12, 2012 seeking authority to discontinue service to customers that were
notified of the first phase of the discontinuance plan scheduled to occur on or after May 8, 2012. See Comments
Invited on Application of Sigecom, LLC d/b/a Wow! Internet, Cable and Phone to Discontinue Domestic
, Public Notice, WC Docket No. 12-81, DA 12-554 (rel. Apr. 6, 2012). See also
Comments Invited on Application of Sigecom, LLC d/b/a Wow! Internet, Cable and Phone to Discontinue Domestic
, Public Notice, WC Docket No. 12-117, DA 12-825 (rel. May 25, 2012) (regarding
the second phase of the discontinuance plan scheduled to occur on or after June 26, 2012); Comments Invited on
Application of Sigecom, LLC d/b/a Wow! Internet, Cable and Phone to Discontinue Domestic Telecommunications
, Public Notice, WC Docket No. 12-145, DA 12-922 (rel. June 12, 2012) (regarding the third phase of the
discontinuance plan scheduled to occur on or after July 17, 2012); Comments Invited on Application of Sigecom,
LLC d/b/a Wow! Internet, Cable and Phone to Discontinue Domestic Telecommunications Services
, Public Notice,
WC Docket No. 12-204, DA 12-1201 (rel. July 26, 2012) (regarding the fourth phase of the discontinuance plan
scheduled to occur on or after Aug. 28, 2012); Comments Invited on Application of Sigecom, LLC d/b/a Wow!
Internet, Cable and Phone to Discontinue Domestic Telecommunications Services
, Public Notice, WC Docket No.
seventh phase is scheduled to occur on or after December 11, 2012, or as soon thereafter as the necessary
federal approval can be obtained. Sigecom further clarifies that the planned discontinuance for this
seventh phase is limited to 1 commercial customer located in the City of Evansville, IN; 4 commercial
and 7 residential customers located in the Town of Chandler, IN; and 29 commercial and 157 residential
customers located in the Town of Newburgh, IN (collectively, Affected Customers). Sigecom maintains
that the planned discontinuance will not adversely affect the public convenience and necessity because
customers have been given notice that affords them ample opportunity to either migrate to Sigecom’s
interconnected VoIP service at substantially the same price as the current services, or to transfer to a new
provider. Sigecom asserts that the services that are being discontinued are readily available from other
carriers. Sigecom indicates that it mailed written notice of the planned discontinuance to affected
commercial customers on or about August 29, 2012, and to affected residential customers on or about
October 9, 2012. Sigecom submits that it plans to mail similar letters at least 30 days prior to the planned
discontinuance of service to any customers affected by future phases of its overall plan. Sigecom
represents that it is non-dominant with respect to the services it proposes to discontinue.
In accordance with section 63.71(c) of the Commission’s rules, Sigecom’s application will be
deemed to be granted automatically on the 31st day after the release date of this public notice, unless the
Commission notifies Sigecom that the grant will not be automatically effective. In its application,
Sigecom indicates that, during this seventh phase, it plans to discontinue circuit switched local exchange
and domestic and international long distance services to the Affected Customers in the Service Areas on
or after December 11, 2012, subject to Commission authorization. Accordingly, pursuant to section
63.71(c), absent further Commission action, Sigecom may terminate circuit switched local exchange and
domestic long distance services to the Affected Customers in the Service Areas on or after
. The Commission normally will authorize proposed discontinuances of service unless it is shown
that customers or other end users would be unable to receive service or a reasonable substitute from
another carrier, or that the public convenience and necessity would be otherwise adversely affected.
Comments objecting to this application must be filed with the Commission on or before
November 26, 2012
. Such comments should refer to
WC Docket No. 12-310 and Comp. Pol. File No.
. Comments should include specific information about the impact of this proposed discontinuance
on the commenter, including any inability to acquire reasonable substitute service. Comments may be
filed using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) or by filing paper copies. See
Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings
, 63 FR 24121 (1998). Comments may be
filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the ECFS: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/
. Filers should
follow the instructions provided on the Web site for submitting comments. Generally, only one copy of
an electronic submission must be filed. In completing the transmittal screen, filers should include their
full name, U.S. Postal Service mailing address, and the applicable docket or rulemaking number.
Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing. 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 Street, S.W.,
Room TW-A325, Washington, D.C. 20554. The filing hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to
12-226, DA 12-1351 (rel. Aug. 17, 2012) (regarding the fifth phase of the discontinuance plan scheduled to occur on
or after Sept. 18, 2012); Comments Invited on Application of Sigecom, LLC d/b/a Wow! Internet, Cable and Phone
to Discontinue Domestic Telecommunications Services
, Public Notice, WC Docket No. 12-281, DA 12-1558 (rel.
Sept. 27, 2012) (regarding the sixth phase of the discontinuance plan scheduled to occur on or after Nov. 6, 2012).
The applications for the first six phases of Sigecom’s discontinuance plan have been automatically granted.
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. U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445
12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554.
Two copies of the comments should also be sent to the Competition Policy Division, Wireline
Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room 5-C140,
Washington, D.C. 20554, Attention: Carmell Weathers. In addition, comments should be served upon the
Applicant. Commenters are also requested to fax their comments to the FCC at (202) 418-1413,
Attention: Carmell Weathers.
This proceeding is considered a “permit but disclose” proceeding for purposes of the
Commission’s ex parte rules.3 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
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
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
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 email@example.com
or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (tty).
For further information, contact Carmell Weathers, (202) 418-2325 (voice),
, or Kimberly Jackson, (202) 418-7393 (voice), firstname.lastname@example.org
the Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau. The tty number is (202) 418-0484. For
further information on procedures regarding section 214 please visit http://www.fcc.gov/wcb/cpd/other_adjud
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3 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq