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Comment Sought on Domestic 214 Transfer of Licensees of Light Tower

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Released: January 30, 2013


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DA 13-123

Released: January 30, 2013




WC Docket No. 13-7

Comments Due: February 13, 2013
Reply Comments Due: February 20, 2013

On January 8, 2013, Light Tower Holdings LLC (Light Tower) and LTS Buyer LLC (LTS
Buyer) (together, Applicants) filed an application pursuant to section 63.03 of the Commission's rules1 to
request to transfer control of the subsidiaries of Light Tower that hold domestic section 214 authorization
to LTS Buyer.
Light Tower is a Delaware limited liability company that operates under the trade name,
Lightower Fiber Networks. Through its U.S.-based operating subsidiaries, Light Tower provides
competitive telecommunications services to enterprise and carrier customers in multiple states.2 Its
subsidiaries are Light Tower Fiber LLC, Light Tower Fiber Long Island, LLC, Hudson Valley DataNet,
LLC, Connecticut DataNet, LLC, New Jersey DataNet Telecom, LLC, Veroxity Technology Partners,
LLC, and Open Access Acquisition LLC (Licensees). LTS Buyer is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary
of LTS Group Holdings LLC (LTS Holdings). Both are Delaware limited liability companies created for
purposes of the proposed transaction. Applicants state that, upon consummation of the transaction,
certain investment funds and entities affiliated with the following U.S. based entities will hold a direct or
indirect 10 percent or greater ownership interest in LTS Holdings: Berkshire Partners LLC (44.2 percent

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
domestic section 214 application on January 25, 2013. Letter from Jean L. Kiddoo and Brett P. Ferenchak, Counsel
for Light Tower Holdings LLC, and Marc Rosenstein and Yaron Dori, Counsel for LTS Buyer, LLC, to Marlene H.
Dortch, Secretary, FCC, WC Docket No. 13-7 (filed Jan. 25, 2013) (Jan. 25 Supplement).
2 Applicants state that these subsidiaries provide telecommunications services in Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. Applicants state that, in conjunction
with the proposed transaction, LTS Buyer has entered into an agreement to acquire Yankee Metro Partners, LLC
that provides competitive telecommunications services in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois,
Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode
Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. Yankee Metro Partners, LLC and LTS Buyer LLC, Consolidated
Application for Consent to Transfer of Control, WC Docket No. 13-8 (filed Jan. 8, 2012).

and will exercise voting control); ABRY Partners, LLC (11 percent); Pamlico Capital (10.1 percent), and
HarbourVest Partners, LLC (11.9 percent).3 Applicants state that LTS Holdings will be managed by a
seven member board of managers consisting of four members to be designated by Berkshire Partners
LLC, one member to be designated by ABRY Partners, LLC, one member to be designated by Pamlico
Capital, and Robert J. Shanahan, a U.S. citizen and the current chief executive of Light Tower.
Applicants expect all members to be U.S. citizens. Applicants state that no other person or entity will
hold a direct or indirect 10 percent or greater interest in LTS Holdings.4
Pursuant to the terms of the proposed transaction, LT Merger Sub LLC, a Delaware limited
liability company and wholly owned subsidiary of LTS Buyer created solely for the proposed transaction,
will merge with and into Light Tower with Light Tower surviving as a wholly owned subsidiary of LTS
Buyer. 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 necessity.5
Domestic Section 214 Application Filed for the Transfer of Control of Licensees of Light
Tower Holdings LLC to LTS Buyer LLC, WC Docket No. 13-7 (filed Jan. 8, 2013).


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 February 13, 2013, and reply comments on
or before February 20, 2013.
Unless otherwise notified by the Commission, the Applicants may
transfer control on the 31st day after the date of this notice.6 Comments should 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

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;

3 Applicants state that HarbourVest Partners, LLC and certain other beneficial holders of ownership interests in LTS
Holdings (each of whose interest individually will constitute less than 10 percent of the total equity ownership of
LTS Holdings) will either (i) grant irrevocable proxies to Berkshire Partners LLC or Pamlico Capital, or (ii) hold
their interests through a co-investment vehicle controlled by Berkshire Partners LLC or Pamlico Capital. Applicants
state that, consequently, Berkshire Partners LLC will control 62.1 percent of the voting interests of LTS Holdings,
and Pamlico Capital will control 18.4 percent of the voting interests of LTS Holdings.
4 Applicants provided organization charts depicting the ownership and control of LTS Group Holdings, LLC, the
ultimate parent of LTS Buyer. Jan. 25 Supplement at Att. 2. Applicants state that LTS Buyer is affiliated through
its owners with several competitive telecommunications entities operating in multiple states. Id. at Att. 1.
5 47 C.F.R. 63.03(b)(2)(i).
6 Such authorization is conditioned upon receipt of any other necessary approvals from the Commission in
connection with the proposed transaction.

2) Myrva Charles, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau,;
3) Jodie May, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau,;
4) David Krech, Policy Division, International Bureau,; and
5) Jim Bird, Office of General Counsel,
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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Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (tty).
For further information, please contact Myrva Charles at (202) 418-1506 or Jodie May at
(202) 418-0913.
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