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Comment Sought on Domestic 214 Transfer of Multiband to Goodman.

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Released: July 12, 2013


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DA 13-1568

Released: July 12, 2013




WC Docket No. 13-166

Comments Due: July 26, 2013
Reply Comments Due: August 2, 2013

On June 17, 2013, Multiband Subscriber Services, Inc., Multiband Corporation (together,
Multiband), and Goodman Networks Incorporated (Goodman) (collectively, Applicants) filed an
application pursuant to section 63.03 of the Commission's rules1 to transfer control of Multiband to
Multiband, a Minnesota corporation, provides resale local and long distance voice services to
approximately 25 multi dwelling unit (MDU) properties in the following counties in the state of
Minnesota: Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, and Washington. Multiband is a publicly held company that
provides services for DIRECTV and the national's largest DIRECTV Master System Operator for MDUs.
In connection with its services to MDUs, Multiband provides satellite video, broadband Internet access
and, in select locations in Minnesota, a limited amount of resold local and long distance voice services to
MDU properties. The following individual holds a 10 percent or greater direct or indirect ownership
interest in Multiband: J. Carlo Cannell (13.02 percent).
Goodman, a Texas corporation, does not provide telecommunications services to the public. The
following U.S. individuals hold a 10 percent or greater direct or indirect equity ownership interest in
Goodman: John Goodman (15.24 percent), Jason Goodman (15.37 percent), and James Goodman (14.89
percent). Applicants state that none of these individuals hold a greater than 10 percent ownership interest
in any other telecommunications carrier.
Pursuant to the terms of the proposed transaction, Goodman and Multiband executed an
Agreement and Plan of Merger (Agreement). Under the Agreement, Goodman will purchase all of the
outstanding shares of common stock, redeem all of Multiband's outstanding preferred stock, and repay

1 47 C.F.R 63.03; see 47 U.S.C. 214. Applicants also filed an application to transfer control of nationwide
license WQPC241 in the 3650-3700 MHz service, held by Multiband Engineering and Wireless, Midwest, Inc. from
Multiband to Goodman. 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 July 11, 2013.

Multiband's outstanding bank indebtedness in an all-cash transaction. Multiband will merge with and
into Manatee Merger Sub Corporation, a Minnesota corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of
Goodman. Manatee Merger Sub Corporation will then cease to exist as a separate corporate entity. The
Applicants' state that, upon consummation of the merger, Multiband will continue as a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Goodman. 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.2
Domestic Section 214 Application Filed for the Transfer of Control of Multiband
Corporation to Goodman Networks Incorporated, WC Docket No. 13-166 (filed June 17,


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 July 26, 2013, and reply comments on or
before August 2, 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.3
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) Tracey Wilson, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau,;
2) Dennis Johnson, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau,;
3) 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.4 Persons making ex parte presentations must file a
copy of any written presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two

2 47 C.F.R. 63.03(b)(2)(i).
3 Such authorization is conditioned upon receipt of any other necessary approvals from the Commission in
connection with the proposed transaction.
4 47 C.F.R. 1.1200 et seq.

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
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 rules.
For further information, please contact Tracey Wilson at (202) 418-1394 or Dennis Johnson at
(202) 418-0809.
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