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Discontinuance Application Of TW Telecom Of Alabama LLC

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Released: March 31, 2014


Federal Communications Commission

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445 12th St., S.W.


Washington, D.C. 20554

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DA 14-439

Released: March 31, 2014



WC Docket No. 14-49

Comp. Pol. File No. 1145

Comments Due: April 15, 2014

Section 214 Application
Applicant: tw telecom of alabama llc


March 10, 2014, tw telecom of alabama llc

(TW Telecom or Applicant), located at 10475

Park Meadows Drive, Littleton, CO 80124

, 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 Alabama.1
TW Telecom indicates that it currently offers several standalone business basic local exchange
voice services (a/k/a Plain Old Telephone Service(s) (POTS)) in the Montgomery, Alabama metropolitan
area (Service Area) including Complete Lines/Trunks Service (a/k/a Complete Lines DS0), Business Line
Service, Business Terminal Service, Analog PBX Trunk Service and Complete Xpress Service
(collectively, Affected Services). According to TW Telecom, Complete Lines/Trunks Service is a local
exchange service that can be provisioned on either a DS0 or DS1 facility depending on the number of
channels ordered. TW Telecom describes Business Line Service as a service that provides customers
with voice grade telephonic communications channels that can be used to place or receive one call at a
time. TW Telecom further explains that Business Lines Service is provided for connection of customer-
provided single line terminal equipment such as station sets or facsimile machines. TW Telecom states
that its Business Terminal Service is generally used in a hunting arrangement or a multi-line hunt group,
and that it has a physical appearance in the switch and is assigned to a unique channel. Analog PBX
Trunk Service is described by TW Telecom as a service that provides a voice-grade telephonic
communications channel that can be used to place or receive one call at a time through a connection from
a customer-provided PBX through the public switched telecommunications network. TW Telecom
indicates that its Complete Xpress Service is a suite of products consisting of lines, trunks and features
that are delivered to the customer via Unbundled Network Elements Platform. TW Telecom further
explains that the service bundles local dial tone with voice features, voice mail and long distance service.
TW Telecom indicates, however, that as a result of the planned decommission of the Montgomery 5ESS

1 TW Telecom states that it is also filing notice of the proposed discontinuance with the International Bureau.
Discontinuance of international service is governed by section 63.19 of the Commission’s rules. See 47 C.F.R. §

voice switch it intends to discontinue all of the Affected Services in the Service Area on or after May 1,
2014, subject to Commission authorization. TW Telecom maintains that the public convenience and
necessity will not be adversely affected by the proposed discontinuance because all affected customers
have been given notice that affords them ample time to acquire reasonable substitute services that are
readily available in the Service Area. TW Telecom indicates that affected customers were notified of the
proposed discontinuance by letters sent via U.S. mail on March 10, 2014. TW Telecom asserts that it is
considered a non-dominant carrier in its provision of the Affected Services in the Service Area.
In accordance with section 63.71(c) of the Commission’s rules, TW Telecom’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 TW Telecom that the grant will not be automatically effective. In the
application and notice to customers, TW Telecom indicates that it plans to discontinue the Affected
Services in the Service Area on or after May 1, 2014, subject to Commission approval. Accordingly,
pursuant to section 63.71(c) and the terms of TW Telecom’s application and notice, absent further
Commission action, TW Telecom may discontinue the Affected Services in the Montgomery, Alabama
metropolitan area on or after

May 1, 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

April 15, 2014

. Such comments should refer to

WC Docket No. 14-49 and Comp. Pol. File No. 1145

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,
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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