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Comment Sought on Domestic 214 of Pac-West, Tex-Link, and nWire to TNCI

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Released: August 20, 2013


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DA 13-1779

Released: August 20, 2013





WC Docket No. 13-194

Comments Due: September 3, 2013
Reply Comments Due: September 10, 2013

On July 26, 2013, TNCI Operating Company LLC (TNCI), Pac-West Telecomm, Inc. (Pac-
West), Tex-Link Communications, Inc. (Tex-Link), and nWire, LLC (nWire), (collectively, Applicants)
filed an application pursuant to section 63.03 of the Commission's rules1 to transfer certain assets of Pac-
West, Tex-Link, and nWire to TNCI.
Pac-West, a California corporation, provides competitive telecommunications services primarily
on a wholesale basis in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and
Washington. Pac-West is also authorized to provide competitive local exchange (LEC) and interexchange
services in these and multiple other states. Pac-West is a wholly owned, direct subsidiary of UPH
Holdings, Inc. (UPH), a Delaware corporation. Tex-Link, a Texas corporation, is a wholly owned, direct
subsidiary of Pac-West. nWire, a Delaware limited liability company, is a wholly owned, direct
subsidiary of UniPoint Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation and wholly owned, direct subsidiary of
UPH. Tex-Link and nWire provide competitive telecommunications services primarily on a wholesale
basis in Texas and are authorized to provide competitive LEC and interexchange services in Texas.
nWire is also authorized to provide competitive LEC services in Arkansas and Oklahoma.
TNCI, a Delaware limited liability company, provides competitive telecommunications service
throughout the United States. TNCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of TNCI Holdings LLC (TNCI
Holdings), a Delaware limited liability company that is indirectly held by Garrison Opportunity Fund II A
Holdings MM LLC (GOF-II-A-Holdings) (64.25 percent) and Garrison Opportunity Fund III A Holdings
MM LLC (GOF-III-A-Holdings) (35.75 percent) (all U.S. entities).2 Joseph Tansey and Steven Stuart,

1 47 C.F.R 63.03; see 47 U.S.C. 214. Applicants also filed an application for transfer of control associated with
authorization for international services. Any action on this domestic section 214 application is without prejudice to
Commission action on other related, pending applications.
2 Applicants note that Mr. Jeffrey Compton, TNCI's President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of its
Board of Directors, also serves as Chief Executive Officer and is a co-owner (50%) and Director of Blue Casa
Telephone, LLC (Blue Casa), a non-dominant local and long distance provider offering services in California. Mr.

both U.S. citizens, each hold 25 percent of the equity and 50 percent of the voting rights in GOF-II-A-
Holdings and GOF-III-A-Holdings.
Pac-West, Tex-link, and nWire have been operating under the protection of the United States
Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas (Bankruptcy Court) since March 28, 2013.3 Pursuant
to an Asset Purchase Agreement (Agreement), TNCI will acquire certain assets of Pac-West, Tex-Link,
and nWire, including their customer accounts, contracts, and telecommunications equipment. Applicants
state that all of the affected customers will continue to receive service from TNCI under the same rates,
terms, and conditions. The Bankruptcy Court approved the Agreement and the proposed transaction on
July 22, 2013. The Agreement provides for an initial closing following receipt of approvals from the
Commission and for additional closings at intervals until the final closing date. Pursuant to the
Agreement, at each closing Applicants will transfer to TNCI those customer accounts, contracts, and
assets for which applicable governmental approvals have been obtained. Applicants assert that the
proposed transaction is entitled to presumptive streamlined treatment under section 63.03(b)(2)(i) of the
Commission's rules and that a grant of the application will serve the public interest, convenience, and
Domestic Section 214 Application Filed for the Acquisition of Certain Assets of
Pac-West Telecomm, Inc., Tex-Link Communications, Inc., and nWire, LLC by
TNCI Operating Company LLC, WC Docket No. 13-194 (filed July 26, 2013).


The transfer of assets identified herein has been found, upon initial review, to be acceptable for
filing as a streamlined application. The Commission reserves the right to return any transfer application
if, upon further examination, it is determined to be defective and not in conformance with the
Commission's rules and policies. Pursuant to section 63.03(a) of the Commission's rules, 47 CFR
63.03(a), interested parties may file comments on or before September 3, 2013, and reply comments on
or before September 10, 2013
. Pursuant to section 63.52 of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. 63.52,
commenters must serve a copy of comments on the Applicants no later than the above comment filing
date. Unless otherwise notified by the Commission, the Applicants may transfer control on the 31st day
after the date of this notice.
Pursuant to section 63.03 of the Commission's rules, 47 CFR 63.03, parties to this proceeding
should file any documents in this proceeding using the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System

In addition, e-mail one copy of each pleading to each of the following:

1) Myrva Charles, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau,;

Howard Brand, the other co-owner and a Director of Blue Casa, also holds a seat on the Board of TNCI, but is not
an officer of TNCI. Although Mr. Compton and Mr. Brand are interlocking directors of the two companies, there is
no ownership affiliation between the two entities, and the majority of TNCI's Board was appointed by the Garrison
3 Pac-West Telecomm, Inc., Chapter 11, Case No. 13-10571, U.S. Bank. Court (W.D. Texas); Tex-Link
Communications, Inc
., Chapter 11, Case No. 13-10572, U.S. Bank. Court (W.D. Texas); nWire, LLC, Chapter 11,
Case No. 13-10571, U.S. Bankr. Court (W.D. Texas). Applicants state that these cases, along with the Chapter 11
cases of the parent companies and affiliates, are jointly administered under UPH Holdings, Inc., Chapter 11, Case
No. 13-10571, U.S. Bankr. Court (W.D. Texas).
4 47 C.F.R. 63.03(b)(2)(i).

2) Dennis Johnson, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau,;
3) David Krech, Policy Division, International Bureau,; and
4) Jim Bird, Office of General Counsel,
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 in this Notice shall be treated as a "permit-but-disclose" proceeding in accordance
with the Commission's ex parte rules. 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), 47 C.F.R.
1.1206(b). Participants in this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission's ex parte
For further information, please contact Myrva Charles at (202) 418-1506 or Dennis Johnson at
(202) 418-0809.
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