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DA 13-2290

Release Date: November 27, 2013




WC Docket No. 08-71

Oppositions Due: December 11, 2013
Replies to Oppositions Due: December 23, 2013

On October 29, 2013, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) released the SureWest High-
Cost Waiver Order, which denied a request by SureWest Telephone (SureWest) for a waiver of the filing
deadline for the annual high-cost universal service certification.1 On November 26, 2013, SureWest filed
an application for review of the Order, requesting that the Commission reverse the Bureau to allow
SureWest to receive all of its frozen high-cost support for the first and second quarters of 2013. 2

Pursuant to the Commission’s rules,3 oppositions shall be filed within 15 days after the
application for review is filed and replies to oppositions shall be filed within 10 days after the opposition
is filed. Comments may be filed using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).4

 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 one copy 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.

1 Petition for Waiver of Universal Service High-Cost Filing Deadlines, SureWest Telephone Petition for a Waiver of
Section 54.314(d) Filing Deadlines for Submission of State Certification for Federal High-Cost Support
, WC
Docket No. 08-71, Order, DA 13-2093 (Wireline Comp. Bur. rel. Oct. 29, 2013) (SureWest High-Cost Waiver
); see also 47 C.F.R. § 54.314.
2 SureWest Telephone Application for Review, WC Docket No. 08-71 (filed Nov. 26, 2013) (Application for
3 See 47 C.F.R. § 1.115.
4 See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, GC Docket No. 97-113, Report and Order, 13
FCC Rcd 11322 (1998).

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, DC 20554.
The filing hours are 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,
SW, Washington DC 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 or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (tty).

Additional Copies.

In addition, we request that you send one copy of each pleading to each of the

(1) Alexander Minard, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445
12th Street, S.W., Room 5-B442, Washington, D.C. 20554; e-mail:; and

(2) Charles Tyler, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th
Street, S.W., Room 5-A452, Washington, D.C. 20554; e-mail:

The proceeding this Notice initiates shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in
accordance with the Commission’s ex parte rules.5 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 meetings are 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 presentations, 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

5 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.


For further information, please contact Heidi Lankau, Telecommunications Access Policy
Division, Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-7400 or TTY (202) 418-0484.

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