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Released: April 6, 2012

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.

Internet: https://www.fcc.gov

Washington, D.C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

DA 12-554

Released: April 6, 2012

COMMENTS INVITED ON APPLICATION OF SIGECOM, LLC D/B/A WOW!

INTERNET, CABLE AND PHONE TO DISCONTINUE DOMESTIC

TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES

WC Docket No. 12-81

Comp. Pol. File No. 1033

Comments Due: April 23, 2012

Section 214 Application
Applicant: Sigecom, LLC d/b/a WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone

On

March 12, 2012, Sigecom, LLC d/b/a WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone

(Sigecom or
Applicant), located at 6045 Wedeking Avenue, Evansville, IN 47715, 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 certain domestic telecommunications services in the City of
Evansville, the Town of Chandler, the Town of Newburgh, Vanderburgh County and Warrick County, IN
(collectively, Service Areas).
Sigecom states that it currently provides circuit switched local exchange and domestic and
international long distance services to residential and commercial customers receiving service in the
Service Areas via the Nortel Cornerstone platform. Sigecom explains, however, that it has revised its
business plan and has decided to discontinue these services because the technology used to provide these
services is now obsolete. Sigecom explains further that it plans to discontinue these services in phases
over approximately the next nine months beginning with the discontinuance that is the subject of the
current application and is scheduled to occur on or after May 8, 2012, subject to Commission approval.1
Sigecom maintains that the planned discontinuance will not adversely affect the public convenience and
necessity because customers have been given notice that affords them ample opportunity to either migrate
to Sigecom’s interconnected VoIP service at substantially the same price as the current services, or to
transfer to a new provider. Sigecom asserts that the services that are being discontinued are readily
available from other carriers. Sigecom indicates that on or about February 15, 2012 it mailed written
notice of the planned discontinuance to commercial customers affected by this first phase (Affected
Commercial Customers). Sigecom further indicates that on or about March 6, 2012 it mailed written
notice of the planned discontinuance to residential customers affected by the first phase (Affected
Residential Customers). Sigecom submits that it plans to mail similar letters more than 30 days prior to
the planned discontinuance of service to any customers affected by future phases of its overall plan.
Sigecom represents that it is non-dominant with respect to the services it proposes to discontinue.


1 Discontinuance of international service is governed by 47 C.F.R. § 63.19.

In accordance with section 63.71(c) of the Commission’s rules, Sigecom’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 Sigecom that the grant will not be automatically effective. In its application,
Sigecom indicates that it plans to discontinue circuit switched local exchange and domestic and
international long distance services to its residential and commercial customers receiving service in the
Service Areas via the Nortel Cornerstone platform on or after May 8, 2012, subject to Commission
authorization. Accordingly, pursuant to section 63.71(c), absent further Commission action, Sigecom
may terminate circuit switched local exchange and domestic long distance services to the Affected
Commercial Customers and the Affected Residential Customers in the Service Areas on or after

May 8,
2012

. 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.
This proceeding is considered a “permit but disclose” proceeding for purposes of the
Commission’s ex parte rules, 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200-1.1216. Comments objecting to this application must
be filed with the Commission on or before

April 23, 2012

. Such comments should refer to

WC Docket
No. 12-81 and Comp. Pol. File No. 1033

. 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 filed through the ECFS can be sent as an electronic file via the Internet to
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.
The application will be available for public inspection and copying during regular business hours
at the FCC Reference Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-A257, Washington, D.C.
20554, (202) 418-0270. A copy of the application may also be purchased from the Commission’s
duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington,
D.C. 20554, telephone (202) 488-5300, facsimile (202) 488-5563, or via e-mail at
FCC@BCPIWEB.COM. People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible formats for people
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with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov 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
https://www.fcc.gov/wcb/cpd/other_adjud.
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