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Comment Sought on Domestic 214 Transfer of Enventis to CCHI

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Released: August 12, 2014


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DA 14-1178

Released: August 12, 2014





WC Docket No. 14-111

Comments Due: August 26, 2014

Reply Comments Due: September 2, 2014

On July 18, 2014, Enventis Corporation (Enventis Corp.) and Consolidated Communications

Holdings, Inc. (CCHI) (together, Applicants) filed an application pursuant to section 63.03 of the

Commission’s rules1 to transfer indirect control of Enventis’ subsidiaries that hold domestic authority

under Section 214 to CCHI.2

Enventis Corp., a Minnesota corporation previously known as HickoryTech, provides advanced

communication solutions including data, cloud, and IT services to businesses throughout the upper

Midwest. Through its various operating subsidiaries, Eventis Corp. provides domestic local exchange

and interexchange telecommunications services primarily in Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota, and to a

lesser extent in South Dakota and Wisconsin, and also offers interexchange telecommunications services

in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota,

Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.

CCHI, a Delaware corporation, through its various operating subsidiaries (the Consolidated

Companies and together with CCHI, Consolidated Communications), CCHI provides a wide range of

1 47 C.F.R § 63.03; see 47 U.S.C. § 214. Applicants are also filing applications 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. Applicants filed a supplement to their

application on August 11, 2014 (Supplement).

2 The subsidiaries of Enventis Corp. that hold domestic Section 214 authority are: Mankato Citizens Telephone

Company (Mankato), Mid-Communications, Inc., Heartland Communications Company of Iowa, Crystal

Communications, Inc., Enventis Telecom, Inc. (Enventis Telecom), and Idea One Telecom, Inc. (collectively, the

214 Licensees).


telecommunications services to residential and business customers in various states in the U.S.3 CCHI

does not itself provide telecommunications services, and none of the Consolidated Companies currently

operate where the 214 Licensees offer incumbent LEC or competitive LEC local services.

Pursuant to the terms of the proposed transaction, on June 29, 2014, CCHI, Enventis Corp. and

Sky Merger Sub, Inc. (Merger Sub) entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger whereby Merger Sub

will be merged with Enventis Corp. As a result of the proposed Transaction; Enventis Corp. and the 214

Licensees will become wholly owned indirect subsidiaries of CCHI. Applicants assert that the proposed

transaction is entitled to presumptive streamlined treatment under section 63.03(b)(2)(iii) 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 Indirect Transfer of Control of Enventis

Corporation Subsidiaries to Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc., WC Docket

No. 14-111 (filed July 18, 2014).


The transfer of control 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 August 26, 2014, and reply comments on or

before September 2, 2014. 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:


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


Dennis Johnson, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau,;


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).

3 See Application and Supplement for a complete list of CCHI’s operating subsidiaries and lists of the states where

they provide service.

4 47 C.F.R. § 63.03(b)(2)(iii).


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


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