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Discontinuance Application Of MCI And Verizon Enterprise Solutions

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Released: October 10, 2012


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DA 12-1618

Released: October 10, 2012





WC Docket No. 12-297

Comp. Pol. File No. 1054

Comments Due: October 25, 2012

Section 214 Application
Applicants: MCI Communications Services, Inc. d/b/a Verizon Business Services and Verizon
Enterprise Solutions LLC


September 21, 2012, MCI Communications Services, Inc. d/b/a Verizon Business Services


Verizon Enterprise Solutions LLC

(collectively Verizon Business or Applicants), located at

Verizon Way, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

, 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 a certain domestic telecommunications service in all fifty states, the District of Columbia,
Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (collectively Service Areas).1
The application indicates that Verizon Business currently offers interstate frame relay service at
speeds less than 200 kbps (Frame Relay service) in the Service Areas. Verizon Business describes Frame
Relay service as a public metropolitan and wide-area data service that utilizes packet switching
technology and digital transmission facilities to provide a data delivery service primarily used by
commercial customers. Verizon Business states, however, that there are plans to discontinue Frame
Relay service in the Service Areas because of declining market demand. In the notice to customers,
Verizon Business explains that, on or after November 21, 2012 and subject to Commission authorization,
Verizon Business plans to no longer offer Frame Relay service to the public subject to certain
grandfathering restrictions. Verizon Business specifies that, on or after November 21, 2012, existing
customers will be able to retain their service in accordance with the terms and conditions of their existing
contracts, but Verizon Business plans to no longer accept new orders or orders for moves, adds, or
changes to existing Frame Relay service except as required by contract. According to Verizon Business,
customers will be asked to transition to alternative services upon expiration of existing contracts, but
Verizon Business will continue to provide Frame Relay service on a month-to-month basis as remaining
customers transition, until Verizon Business discontinues the service entirely. Verizon Business
maintains that the public convenience and necessity will not be impaired by the proposed discontinuance

1 The application was subsequently received in the Competition Policy Division of the Wireline Competition Bureau
on September 26, 2012.

because next generation technologies that provide higher bandwidths and a wider range of applications
have substantially replaced Frame Relay service in the marketplace. Verizon Business asserts that
affected customers were notified of the proposed discontinuance by letters sent via U.S. mail on
September 21, 2012. The application indicates that Verizon Business is considered non-dominant with
respect to the service to be discontinued.
In accordance with section 63.71(c) of the Commission’s rules, Verizon Business’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 Verizon Business that the grant will not be automatically effective. In the
notice to customers, Verizon Business indicates that on or after November 21, 2012 and subject to
Commission authorization, Verizon Business plans to no longer offer Frame Relay service to the public
subject to certain grandfathering restrictions governing the wind down and eventual termination of
Verizon Business’s Frame Relay service. Accordingly, pursuant to section 63.71(c) and the terms of
Verizon Business’s notice, absent further Commission action, Verizon Business may cease to offer and
may discontinue Frame Relay service in the Service Areas on or after

November 21, 2012

, in accordance
with Verizon Business’s filed representations. The Commission 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

October 25, 2012

. Such comments should refer to

WC Docket No. 12-297 and Comp. Pol. File
No. 1054

. 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
Applicants. 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,
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 Rodney McDonald, (202) 418-7513 (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
– FCC –

2 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.

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