Federal Communications Commission
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445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
July 23, 2013
DOMESTIC SECTION 214 AUTHORIZATION GRANTED
Domestic Section 214 Application Filed for the Transfer of Control of
Global Conference Partners from Freeconference.com to Iotum Inc.
WC Docket No. 12-329
On November 5, 2012, Freeconference.com, Inc. and Iotum Inc. (together, Applicants) filed an
application pursuant to section 63.03 of the Commission's rules to transfer control of Global Conference
Partners from Freeconference.com, Inc. to Iotum Inc.1
On November 19, 2012, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) released a public notice
accepting the application for streamlined processing. 2 On December 3, 2012, the Department of Justice,
including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the concurrence of the Department of Homeland
Security (collectively, the Executive Branch Agencies), filed a letter requesting that the Commission
defer action on the application while they reviewed potential national security, law enforcement, and
public safety issues.3 In response to the request, the Bureau removed the application from streamlined
review.4 On July 19, 2013, the Executive Branch Agencies withdrew their request to defer action, stating
that they have no objection to the application.5
The Bureau finds, upon consideration of the record, that grant of the application will serve the
public interest, convenience, and necessity. Upon consummation of the transaction, the resulting entity
will have a market share in the U.S. interstate interexchange market of less than 10 percent and will
provide competitive telephone exchange services or exchange access services (if at all) exclusively in
1 47 C.F.R 63.03; see
47 U.S.C. 214.
2 Domestic Section 214 Application Filed for the Transfer of Control of Global Conference Partners from
Freeconference.com, Inc. to Iotum, Inc.
, WC Docket No. 12-329, Public Notice, 27 FCC Rcd 14371 (Wireline
Comp. Bur. 2012).
3 Letter from Joanne P. Ongman, U.S. Department of Justice, to Marlene H. Dortch, FCC, WC Docket No. 12-329
(filed Dec. 3, 2012).
4 Notice of Removal of Domestic Section 214 Application From Streamlined Treatment
, WC Docket No. 12-329,
Public Notice, 27 FCC Rcd 15320 (Wireline Comp. Bur. 2012).
5 Letter from Kristin Taylor, U.S. Department of Justice, to Marlene H. Dortch, FCC, WC Docket No. 12-329 (filed
July 19, 2013).
geographic areas served by a dominant local exchange carrier in the U.S. that is not a party to the
transaction. In addition, the Applicants will not be dominant with respect to any domestic service.6
Consistent with Commission precedent, the Bureau accords the appropriate level of deference to
the Executive Branch Agencies' expertise on national security and law enforcement issues.7 Therefore,
pursuant to section 214 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 214, and section
0.291 of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. 0.291, the Bureau hereby grants the application discussed in
this Public Notice.
Pursuant to section 1.103 of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. 1.103, the grant is effective
upon release of this Public Notice. Petitions for reconsideration under section 1.106 or applications for
review under section 1.115 of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. 1.106, 1.115, may be filed within 30
days of the date of this Public Notice.
For further information, please contact Jodie May at (202) 418-0913, Competition Policy
Division, Wireline Competition Bureau.
6 47 C.F.R. 63.03(b)(2)(i).
7 The Commission considers national security, law enforcement, foreign policy, and trade policy concerns when
analyzing a transfer of control or assignment application in which foreign ownership is an issue. See Amendment of
the Commission's Regulatory Policies to Allow Non-U.S. Licensed Satellites Providing Domestic and International
Service in the United States
, Report and Order, 12 FCC Rcd 24094, 24170-72, paras. 178-82 (1997); Rules and
Policies on Foreign Participation in the U.S. Telecommunications Market
, Report and Order and Order on
Reconsideration, 12 FCC Rcd 23891, 23919-21, paras. 61-66 (1997) ("Foreign Participation Order
"), Order on
Reconsideration, 15 FCC Rcd 18158 (2000). In assessing the public interest, the Commission considers the record
and accords the appropriate level of deference to Executive Branch expertise on national security and law
enforcement issues. See Foreign Participation Order
, 12 FCC Rcd at 23919-21, paras. 61-66.