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Released: February 10, 2014


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DA 14-172

Released: February 10, 2014




WC Docket No. 14-23

Comment Date: March 3, 2014
Reply Comment Date: March 18, 2014

On January 31, 2014, CenturyLink, Inc. (CenturyLink) filed a petition requesting authority to
convert its remaining average schedule incumbent local exchange carrier affiliates from average schedule
to price cap regulation effective July 1, 2014, and limited waivers of the applicable Part 61 and 69
regulations (including but not limited to sections 61.41(a)(3) and 61.39) to the extent necessary to enable
such conversion.1 Specifically, CenturyLink proposes that, effective no later than July 1, 2014,
CenturyTel of Chester, Inc., CenturyTel of Postville, Inc., and CenturyTel of the Midwest-Wisconsin
Region (collectively referred to as “CenturyLink Average Schedule Affiliates”) should be subject to the
price cap regulatory structure established in the CALLS Order2 and the USF/ICC Transformation Order.3
According to CenturyLink’s petition, approval of the waiver is in the public interest,4 would provide
CenturyLink administrative efficiencies by allowing it to be regulated entirely as a price cap company,5

1 See Petition of CenturyLink, Inc. for Conversion of Average Schedule Affiliates to Price Cap Regulation and for
Limited Waiver Relief, WC Docket No. 14-23, at 1 (filed Jan. 31, 2014) (Petition).
2 Access Charge Reform; Price Cap Performance Review for Local Exchange Carriers, Sixth Report and Order, 15
FCC Rcd 12962 (2000) (CALLS Order), aff’d in part, rev’d in part and remanded in part, Texas Office of Public
Util. Counsel v. FCC
, 265 F.3d 313 (5th Cir. 2001), on remand, 18 FCC Rcd 14976 (2003).
3 Connect America Fund; A National Broadband Plan for Our Future; Establishing Just and Reasonable Rates for
Local Exchange Carriers; High-Cost Universal Service Support; Developing an Unified Intercarrier Compensation
Regime; Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service; Lifeline and Link-Up; Universal Service Reform-Mobility
WC Docket Nos. 10-90, 07-135, 05-337, 03-109, CC Docket Nos. 01-92, 96-45, GN Docket No. 09-51, WT
Docket No. 10-208, Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 11-161, 26 FCC Rcd
17663 (2011) (USF/ICC Transformation Order) (subsequent history omitted).
4 See Petition at 1.
5 Id. at 3.

and would not have any impact on the CenturyLink Average Schedule Affiliates’ Universal Service
Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR §§ 1.415, 1.419,
interested parties may file comments and reply comments on or before the dates indicated on the first
page of this document. 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).

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 (although we continue to experience delays in
receiving U.S. Postal Service mail). All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary,
Marlene H. Dortch, 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.
All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes must be
disposed of before entering the building. The filing hours at both locations are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00

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.7 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

6 Id. at 14.
7 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.

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
For further information regarding this proceeding, contact Don Sussman, Pricing Policy Division,
Wireline Competition Bureau, 202-418-0629, or via e-mail at
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