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Bureau Seeks Comment on Surewest Petition for Conversion to Price Cap

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Released: March 21, 2013


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DA 13-518

Released: March 21, 2013




WC Docket No. 13-71

Comment Date: April 11, 2013
Reply Comment Date: April 22, 2013

On March 11, 2013, SureWest Telephone (SureWest) filed a petition requesting “authority to
convert from rate of return to price cap regulation effective as of July 1, 2013, and, to the extent
necessary, limited waivers of the applicable Part 51, 54, and 61 regulations to enable such conversion.”1
Specifically, SureWest proposes that, effective no later than July 1, 2013, its study areas should be subject
to the price cap regulatory structure established in the CALLS Order and USF/ICC Transformation
.2 SureWest maintains that the requested conversion is required by section 61.41(c)(2) of the
Commission’s rules because four other incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) subsidiaries of
SureWest’s parent company, Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc., are regulated as price cap
carriers.3 In the event the Commission does not issue an order within one year after Consolidated’s July
2, 2012 acquisition of SureWest, SureWest requests a waiver of section 61.41(c)(2) of the Commission’s
rules to the extent necessary.4 Finally, SureWest requests waiver of applicable Part 51, 54 or 61
provisions necessary to enable its proposed price cap conversion.5 SureWest asserts that the proposed
conversion will “promote efficiency, encourage network investment and competition, and reduce its
switched access rates.”6 SureWest also asserts that conversion will not impact Connect America Fund
ICC support funding or universal service support funding in general.7

Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR §§ 1.415, 1.419,
interested parties may file comments on or before the dates indicated above. Comments may be filed
using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). See Electronic Filing of Documents
in Rulemaking Proceedings
, 63 FR 24121 (1998).

1 See SureWest Telephone Petition for Conversion to Price Cap Regulation and for Limited Waiver Relief, WC
Docket No. 13-71, at 1 (filed Mar. 11, 2013).
2 Id. at 1-2.
3 Id. at 2.
4 Id. at 10-13.
5 Id. at 13.
6 Id. at 13.
7 Id. at 7.

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.
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).
The proceeding this Notice initiates shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in
accordance with the Commission’s ex parte rules.8 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

8 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.

For further information, please contact Christopher S. Koves, Wireline Competition Bureau,
Pricing Policy Division, at (202) 418-1520 or via email at
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