Discontinuance Application Of SBC Long Distance, LLC D/B/A AT&T LD
Federal Communications Commission
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Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: January 14, 2014
COMMENTS INVITED ON APPLICATION OF SBC LONG DISTANCE, LLC D/B/A AT&T
LONG DISTANCE TO DISCONTINUE DOMESTIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES
WC Docket No. 14-2
Comp. Pol. File No. 1140
Comments Due: January 29, 2014
Section 214 Application
Applicant: SBC Long Distance, LLC d/b/a AT&T Long Distance
January 7, 2014, SBC Long Distance, LLC d/b/a AT&T Long Distance(AT&T LD or
Applicant), located at 208 South Akard Street, Dallas, Texas 75202, 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 throughout
AT&T LD’s service territory in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin
Islands (Service Areas).
AT&T LD indicates that it currently offers Inmate service in the Service Areas. AT&T LD
describes Inmate service as a service that permits inmates to place collect calls originated from authorized
telephone numbers in a prison administration controlled environment and that includes operator station
collect calls placed to domestic locations. AT&T LD asserts, however, that it does not have any current
customers subscribing to this service and that it has not had any usage of this service since October 2012.
Accordingly, AT&T LD states that it plans to discontinue offering Inmate service in the Service Areas on
or after February 6, 2014, subject to Commission authorization. AT&T LD maintains that the public
convenience and necessity will not be impaired by the proposed discontinuance because it currently does
not have any customers and there are other providers of Inmate services in the market. AT&T LD asserts
that it is considered non-dominant with respect to its provision of Inmate service.
In accordance with section 63.71(c) of the Commission’s rules, AT&T LD’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 AT&T LD that the grant will not be automatically effective. In the application,
AT&T LD indicates that it plans to discontinue offering Inmate service in the Service Areas on or after
February 6, 2014, subject to Commission authorization. Accordingly, pursuant to section 63.71(c) and
the terms of the application, absent further Commission action, AT&T LD may discontinue offering
Inmate service in the Service Area on or after
February 14, 2014. 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
January 29, 2014. Such comments should refer to
WC Docket No. 14-2 and Comp. Pol. File No. 1140.
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.1 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.
1 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
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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 Rodney McDonald, (202) 418-7513 (voice), Rodney.McDonald@fcc.gov,
of the Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau. The tty number is (202) 418-0484.
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