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Released: May 23, 2014


Federal Communications Commission

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DA 14-713

Released: May 23, 2014



GN Docket No. 13-5

Comment Date: June 23, 2014

Reply Comment Date:

July 8, 2014

The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed by the Voice

Communication Exchange Committee (VCXC) requesting that the Commission issue a Notice of Inquiry

on the migration to high definition (HD) voice technologies as part of the technology transitions that the

Commission is considering.1 VCXC asks the Commission to “investigate the benefits of a common HD

voice implementation to replace standard definition voice services historically associated with the Public

Switched Telephone Network.”2

Interested parties may file comments and reply comments on or before the dates indicated above.

Comments are to reference GN Docket No. 13-5, and may be filed on paper copies or by using the

Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).

Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by

accessing the ECFS:

Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one

copy of each filing. 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

1 See VCXC Petition for Notice of Inquiry on the Migration to HD Voice (filed Feb. 25, 2014). On March 7, 2014,

VCXC’s Petition was associated with GN Docket No. 13-5, and thus may be found at




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).

The proceeding this Notice initiates shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding

in accordance with the Commission’s ex parte rules.3 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 Tim Stelzig, Competition Policy Division,

Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-0942 or

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3 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.


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