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Released: January 26, 2012


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DA 12-89

Released: January 26, 2012




WC Docket No. 12-18

Comments Due: February 9, 2012
Reply Comments Due: February 16, 2012

On January 17, 2012, Michael Choupak (Choupak) and Anastasia Koroleva (Koroleva), both U.S.
citizens (together, Applicants), filed an application pursuant to section 63.03 of the Commission’s rules1
to transfer control of Stanacard, LLC (Stanacard) from Choupak to Koroleva. Applicants closed this
transaction without authority on June 21, 2011.2
Stanacard, a Delaware limited liability company, is a reseller of primarily international prepaid
communications services throughout the U.S. and also holds domestic operating authority. Applicants
state that, prior to October 23, 2010, Choupak held approximately 88.88 percent of Stanacard and served
as Stanacard’s Manager, and Eduard Romanov, a U.S. citizen (Romanov), owned approximately 11.11
percent. On October 23, 2010, Choupak assigned half of his ownership to Koroleva, so that each of
Choupak and Koroleva held approximately 44.44 percent of the ownership interests of Stanacard.3 On
June 21, 2011, Choupak assigned his remaining 44.44 percent stake to Koroleva, such that, currently,
Koroleva holds approximately 88.88 percent of Stanacard, and Romanov continues to own approximately
11.11 percent of Stanacard. Applicants further state that Koroleva replaced Choupak as Manager of the
company on this date. Applicants state that neither Koroleva or Romanov own interests in any other

1 47 C.F.R § 63.03; see 47 U.S.C. § 214. Applicants are also filing an application for a transfer of control
associated with authorization for international services. Applicants filed a supplement to the application on January
25, 2012. Any action on this domestic section 214 application is without prejudice to Commission action on other
related, pending applications.
2 Stanacard also filed requests for special temporary authority (STA) with the International and Wireline
Competition Bureaus to allow it to continue to provide service to customers while its section 214 applications are
pending. On January 26, 2012, the Wireline Competition Bureau granted the STA for the domestic authorization for
a period of 60 days. A grant of the application will be without prejudice to any enforcement action by the
Commission for non-compliance with the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, or the Commission’s rules.
3 Applicants claim that the ownership transfer was pro forma under Commission rules because Choupak maintained
de facto control as the company’s Manager, and the interest assigned was less than a controlling one. 47 C.F.R. §

domestic telecommunications carrier. They assert that the June 21, 2011 transaction is entitled to
presumptive streamlined treatment under section 63.03(b)(1)(ii) of the Commission’s rules and that a
grant of the application will serve the public interest, convenience, and necessity.4
Domestic Section 214 Application Filed for the Transfer of Control of
Stanacard, LLC, WC Docket No. 12-18 (filed Jan. 17, 2012).


The Wireline Competition Bureau finds, upon initial review, that the transfer of control
identified herein is 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 C.F.R. § 63.03(a), interested parties may file comments
on or before February 9, 2012, and reply comments on or before February 16, 2012. Unless
otherwise notified by the Commission, the Applicants may transfer control on the 31st day after
the date of this notice.5 Comments must be filed electronically using (1) the Commission’s
Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) or (2) the Federal Government’s e-Rulemaking
Portal. See 47 C.F.R. § 63.03(a) (“All comments on streamlined applications shall be filed
electronically . . . .”); Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 FR 24121
Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the ECFS,, or the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal,
Filers should follow the instructions provided on the website for submitting comments.
For ECFS filers, if multiple docket or rulemaking numbers appear in the caption of this
proceeding, filers must transmit one electronic copy of the comments for each docket or
rulemaking number referenced in the caption. In completing the transmittal screen, filers should
include their full name, U.S. Postal Service mailing address, and the applicable docket or
rulemaking number. Parties may also submit an electronic comment by Internet e-mail. To get
filing instructions, filers should send an e-mail to and include the following words
in the body of the message, “get form.” A sample form and directions will be sent in response.

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

1) The Commission’s duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc.,;
phone: (202) 488-5300; fax: (202) 488-5563;
2) Tracey Wilson, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau,;
3) Christopher Sova, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau,,
4) David Krech, Policy Division, International Bureau,; and
5) Jim Bird, Office of General Counsel,

4 47 C.F.R. § 63.03(b)(1)(ii).
5 Such authorization is conditioned upon receipt of any other necessary approvals from the Commission in
connection with the proposed transaction.

Filings and comments are available for public inspection and copying during regular business hours at
the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-A257, Washington,
D.C. 20554. They may also be purchased from the Commission’s duplicating contractor, Best Copy and
Printing, Inc., Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington, D.C. 20554; telephone:
(202) 488-5300; fax: (202) 488-5563; e-mail:; url:
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(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).
For further information, please contact Tracey Wilson at (202) 418-1394 or Christopher Sova at
(202) 418-1898.

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