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Comment sought on Rural Call Completion Petitions for Waiver

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Released: May 1, 2014

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DA 14-577

Released: May 1, 2014



WC Docket No. 13-39

Comment Date: May 12, 2014
Reply Comment Date: May 19, 2014

The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on two petitions for limited waiver of the
recordkeeping, retention, and reporting requirements adopted in the Rural Call Completion Order1 filed
by Midcontinent Communications (Midcontinent) on January 24, 2014, 2 and by AT&T Services, Inc.
(AT&T) on April 10, 2014.3 Midcontinent seeks a waiver pursuant to section 1.3 of the Commission’s
rules, asserting that it will suffer significant hardship absent a waiver and that it is committed to ensuring
that calls to rural customers are completed.4 AT&T seeks a waiver pursuant to paragraphs 95-97 of the
Rural Call Completion Order, which apply to covered providers that qualify for the Managing
Intermediate Providers Safe Harbor.5
Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR §§ 1.415, 1.419,
interested parties may file comments and reply comments on or before the dates indicated on the first
page of this document. Comments may 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

Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each
filing. If more than one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding,
filers must submit two additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number.

1 Rural Call Completion, WC Docket No. 13-39, Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking,
28 FCC Rcd 16154 (2013) (Rural Call Completion Order).
2 Request for Waiver of Midcontinent Communications, WC Docket No. 13-39 (filed Jan. 24, 2014) (Midcontinent
3 Petition for Limited Waiver of AT&T Services, Inc., WC Docket No. 13-39 (filed Apr. 10, 2014) (AT&T Petition),
4 Midcontinent Petition at i, 10-11; see also 47 C.F.R. §1.3.
5 AT&T Petition at 1 & n.1; see also Rural Call Completion Order, 28 FCC Rcd at 16194-95, paras. 95-97.

Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-
class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s
Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.

All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary
must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW, Room TW-A325,
Washington, DC 20554. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries
must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes and boxes must be
disposed of before entering the building.

Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority
Mail) must be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD, 20743.

U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445
12th Street, SW, Washington, DC, 20554.
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).
This matter 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). In
proceedings governed by rule 1.49(f) or for which the Commission has made available a method of
electronic filing, written ex parte presentations and memoranda summarizing oral ex parte presentations,
and all attachments thereto, must be filed through the electronic comment filing system available for that
proceeding, and must be filed in their native format (e.g., .doc, .xml, .ppt, searchable .pdf). Participants in
this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission’s ex parte rules.
For further information, please contact Gregory Kwan, Competition Policy Division, Wireline
Competition Bureau at (202) 418-1191 or
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