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Released: November 30, 2012
COMMENTS INVITED ON APPLICATION OF COMCAST PHONE, LLC D/B/A
CIMCO, A DIVISION OF COMCAST BUSINESS SERVICES TO DISCONTINUE DOMESTIC
WC Docket No. 12-345
Comp. Pol. File No. 1065
Comments Due: December 17, 2012
Section 214 Application
Applicant: Comcast Phone, LLC d/b/a CIMCO, a Division of Comcast Business Services
October 25, 2012, Comcast Phone, LLC d/b/a CIMCO, a Division of Comcast Business
(Comcast Phone or Applicant), located at
One Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy
Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19103
, 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 a certain domestic telecommunications service in California, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan,
Minnesota and North Carolina (collectively Service Areas).1
Comcast Phone indicates that it currently offers teleconferencing services over multiple
platforms, including CIMCO Intercall Conferencing Solutions service, which it offers to customers in the
Service Areas. Comcast Phone describes its CIMCO Intercall Conferencing Solutions service as an audio
bridging service that allows customers to conduct traditional conference calls with multiple users.
Comcast Phone explains that it provides its CIMCO Intercall Conferencing Solutions service to enterprise
customers that then distribute the conference calling bridge number to selected employees. According to
Comcast Phone, there are approximately 146 customers of CIMCO Intercall Conferencing Solutions
service and only 34 of those customers have been active in the past six months. Comcast Phone therefore
submits that it plans to discontinue offering and providing CIMCO Intercall Conferencing Solutions
service in the Service Areas on December 31, 2012, subject to Commission authorization.2 Comcast
Phone indicates that it will, however, continue to offer teleconferencing services through another
platform. Comcast Phone maintains that the proposed discontinuance thus will not result in material
1 Comcast Phone's application was subsequently received in the Competition Policy Division of the Wireline
Competition Bureau on November 1, 2012.
2 Comcast Phone states that it provides domestic interstate and international telecommunications services.
Discontinuance of international service is governed by 47 C.F.R. 63.19. Comcast Phone asserts that it has
simultaneously filed notice of the proposed discontinuance with the International Bureau pursuant to Section 63.19
of the Commission's rules.
harm to the affected customers because they can easily obtain teleconferencing alternatives from Comcast
Phone and other providers, and they will retain all of their other telecommunications services that
Comcast Phone provides. Comcast Phone indicates that it notified all affected customers of the proposed
discontinuance by letters sent via the U.S. Postal Service on October 25, 2012. Comcast Phone states that it
is non-dominant with respect to the service it proposes to discontinue.
In accordance with section 63.71(c) of the Commission's rules, Comcast Phone'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 Comcast Phone that the grant will not be automatically effective. In its
application, Comcast Phone indicates that it plans to discontinue its CIMCO Intercall Conferencing
Solutions service in the Service Areas on December 31, 2012, subject to Commission authorization.
Accordingly, pursuant to section 63.71(c) and the terms of Comcast Phone's application, absent further
Commission action, Comcast Phone may terminate its CIMCO Intercall Conferencing Solutions service
in the Service Areas on or after
December 31, 2012
, in accordance with Comcast Phone's filed
representations. 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
December 17, 2012
. Such comments should refer to
WC Docket No. 12-345 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
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
3 47 C.F.R. 1.1200 et seq
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