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Discontinuance Application of Cincinnati Bell Extended Territories

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Released: January 28, 2014


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DA 14-93

Released: January 28, 2014




WC Docket No. 14-4

Comp. Pol. File No. 1138

Comments Due: February 12, 2014

Section 214 Application
Applicant: Cincinnati Bell Extended Territories, LLC


January 3, 2014, Cincinnati Bell Extended Territories, LLC

(CBET or Applicant), located
at 221 East Fourth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202, filed an application with the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC or Commission) requesting authority, under section 214 of the Communications Act
of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. § 214, and section 63.71 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 63.71, to
discontinue domestic telecommunications services in Tipp City, Ohio (Service Area). With an
amendment filed on January 17, 2014, CBET updated the record regarding notice to customers.1
Accordingly, CBET’s application is deemed complete as of January 17, 2014.
CBET indicates that it currently offers telecommunications services in Tipp City, Ohio. CBET
states, however, that it plans to discontinue all telecommunications services, POTS, PRI and DSL service
in Tipp City, Ohio on or after February 28, 2014, subject to Commission approval. CBET asserts that it
mailed notice of the proposed discontinuance to affected customers via U.S. mail on December 26, 2013.
In its notice to customers, CBET explains that it is no longer able to offer a competitive rate for service in
the area, but that customers will have other options for service. CBET clarifies, however, that if
customers also subscribe to Cincinnati Bell’s wireless service, that service will not be impacted by the
proposed discontinuance. CBET states that it is considered non-dominant with respect to the services to
be discontinued.
In accordance with section 63.71(c) of the Commission’s rules, CBET’s application will be
deemed to be granted automatically on the 31st day after the release date of this public notice, unless the
Commission notifies CBET that the grant will not be automatically effective. In the application, CBET
indicates that it plans to discontinue all telecommunications services in Tipp City, Ohio on or after
February 28, 2014, subject to Commission approval. Accordingly, pursuant to section 63.71(c) and the
terms of CBET’s application, absent further Commission action, CBET may discontinue
telecommunications services in Tipp City, Ohio on or after

February 28, 2014

. The Commission

1 See Letter from Michael E. Bishop, Senior Manager – Switched Services & Regulatory, Cincinnati Bell, to Ms.
Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, WC Docket No. 14-4 (filed Jan. 17, 2014).

normally will authorize proposed discontinuances of service unless it is shown that customers or other
end users would be unable to receive service or a reasonable substitute from another carrier, or that the
public convenience and necessity would be otherwise adversely affected.
Comments objecting to this application must be filed with the Commission on or before

February 12, 2014

. Such comments should refer to

WC Docket No. 14-4 and Comp. Pol. File No.

. Comments should include specific information about the impact of this proposed discontinuance
on the commenter, including any inability to acquire reasonable substitute service. Comments may be
filed using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) or by filing paper copies. See
Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings
, 63 FR 24121 (1998). Comments may be
filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the ECFS: Filers should
follow the instructions provided on the Web site for submitting comments. Generally, only one copy of
an electronic submission must be filed. In completing the transmittal screen, filers should include their
full name, U.S. Postal Service mailing address, and the applicable docket or rulemaking number.
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 Street, S.W.,
Room TW-A325, Washington, D.C. 20554. The filing hours are Monday through Friday, 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, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554.
Two copies of the comments should also be sent to the Competition Policy Division, Wireline
Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room 5-C140,
Washington, D.C. 20554, Attention: Carmell Weathers. In addition, comments should be served upon the
Applicant. Commenters are also requested to fax their comments to the FCC at (202) 418-1413,
Attention: Carmell Weathers.
This proceeding is considered a “permit but disclose” proceeding for purposes of the
Commission’s ex parte rules.2 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,

2 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.

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.
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).
For further information, contact Carmell Weathers, (202) 418-2325 (voice),, or Kimberly Jackson, (202) 418-7393 (voice),,
of the Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau. The tty number is (202) 418-0484.
For further information on procedures regarding section 214 please visit
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