Discontinuance Application of MCI Communications Services, Inc.
445 12th St., S.W.
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500
Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: August 29, 2014
COMMENTS INVITED ON APPLICATION OF MCI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES,
INC. TO DISCONTINUE DOMESTIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES
WC Docket No. 14-128
Comp. Pol. File No. 1163
Comments Due: September 15, 2014
Section 214 Application
Applicant: MCI Communications Services, Inc.
On August 1, 2014, MCI Communications Services, Inc. (MCI or Applicant), located at One
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 and
the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S.
Virgin Islands, as well as Midway Island and Wake Island (Affected Areas).1
MCI indicates that it currently offers Verizon Enterprise Solutions Calling Card service (VES
Calling Card Service) to enterprise and government customers in the Affected Areas. MCI explains that
its VES Calling Card is a postpaid long-distance travel card that allows customers to place long-distance
and international calls by dialing a toll-free access code or number that MCI provides. According to
MCI, customers can use these cards from anywhere in the United States to place long-distance and
international calls, and customers will then be billed for calls made using the card. MCI states, however,
that it plans to grandfather and eventually discontinue its VES Calling Card Service in the Affected Areas
on or after September 30, 2014, subject to Commission authorization and the terms and conditions of
existing contracts. MCI specifies that on or after September 30, 2014, it will no longer accept new orders
for VES Calling Card Service and will no longer support requests for move, add or change activities
except as required by contract. MCI adds that it plans to discontinue the service to existing customers on
or after November 30, 2014, except as required by contract. MCI emphasizes that it will provide VES
Calling Card Service to existing customers in accordance with its contractual obligations and will
discontinue service to these customers when those contractual obligations cease to exist. MCI states that
the public convenience and necessity will not be impaired by the proposed discontinuance because the
service is declining in the marketplace as mobile phones have, in most cases, obviated the need for calling
card services. In addition, MCI submits that there are other alternatives to these calling card services in
1 MCI has represented to Commission staff that it does not have any customers on Wake Island or Midway Island
and that it has not attempted to directly notify those islands as there are no governors or public utility commissions
at those locations.
the marketplace including pre-paid calling cards and alternate billing services. MCI asserts that it sent
notice of the proposed discontinuance to affected customers by U.S. Mail on or before July 28, 2014.
MCI represents that it is considered non-dominant with respect to the service to be discontinued and that
it “has always offered Verizon Enterprise Solutions Calling Card [service] on a non-dominant basis and
has not tariffed the services at least since the Commission adopted its de-tariffing rules more than ten
In accordance with section 63.71(c) of the Commission’s rules, MCI’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 MCI that the grant will not be automatically effective. In its application and notice
to customers, MCI indicates that on or after September 30, 2014 and subject to Commission authorization
and the terms and conditions of existing contracts, it plans to no longer accept new orders for VES
Calling Card Service and no longer support requests for move, add or change activities in the Affected
Areas. In addition, MCI states that it plans to discontinue VES Calling Card Service to existing
customers on or after November 30, 2014, except as required by contract. Accordingly, pursuant to
section 63.71(c) and the terms of MCI’s application and notice to customers, absent further Commission
action, MCI may cease to accept new orders for VES Calling Card Service and to support requests for
move, add or change activities in the Affected Areas on or after September 30, 2014, in accordance with
MCI’s filed representations. In addition, pursuant to section 63.71(c) and the terms of the application and
notice to customers, absent further Commission action, MCI may discontinue its VES Calling Card
Service in the Affected Areas on or after November 30, 2014, in accordance with MCI’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
September 15, 2014. Such comments should refer to WC Docket No. 14-128 and Comp. Pol. File No.
1163. 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: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/. 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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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),
Carmell.Weathers@fcc.gov, or Kimberly Jackson, (202) 418-7393 (voice), Kimberly.Jackson@fcc.gov,
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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2 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
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