Discontinuance Application of Verizon New York et al.
Federal Communications Commission
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: October 22, 2013
COMMENTS INVITED ON APPLICATION OF VERIZON NEW YORK INC., VERIZON NEW
ENGLAND INC., VERIZON NEW JERSEY INC., VERIZON PENNSYLVANIA LLC, VERIZON
DELAWARE LLC, VERIZON MARYLAND LLC, VERIZON VIRGINIA LLC, AND VERIZON
WASHINGTON, DC INC. TO DISCONTINUE DOMESTIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS
WC Docket No. 13-227
Comp. Pol. File No. 1123
Comments Due: November 21, 2013
Section 214 Application
Applicants: Verizon New York Inc., Verizon New England Inc., Verizon New Jersey Inc., Verizon
Pennsylvania LLC, Verizon Delaware LLC, Verizon Maryland LLC, Verizon Virginia LLC and
Verizon Washington, DC Inc.
September 3, 2013 Verizon New York Inc.,located at 140 West Street, New York, NY
10007; Verizon New England Inc., located at 125 High Street Oliver Tower 7th Floor, Boston, MA
02110; Verizon New Jersey Inc., located at 540 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102; Verizon Pennsylvania
LLC, located at 1717 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103; Verizon Delaware LLC, located at 901
Tatnall Street, Wilmington, DE 19801; Verizon Maryland LLC, located at 1 East Pratt Street,
Baltimore, MD 21202; Verizon Virginia LLC, located at 22001 Loudoun County Parkway,
Ashburn, VA 20147; and
Verizon Washington, DC Inc., located at 1300 I Street, N.W., Suite 400
West, Washington, D.C. 20005 (collectively Verizon or Applicants), filed a joint 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 throughout
Verizon's service territory in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island for DOVPATH
(collectively DOVPATH Service Areas); Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, the
District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island for Wideband Analog (collectively Wideband
Analog Service Areas); and Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Delaware, New
Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island for Wideband Data (collectively
Wideband Data Service Areas).
The application indicates that Verizon currently offers DOVPATH in the DOVPATH Service
Areas, Wideband Analog in the Wideband Analog Service Areas, and Wideband Data in the Wideband
Data Service Areas. Verizon describes DOVPATH as a service that provides an analog channel for both
synchronous and asynchronous data transmission.1 Verizon defines Wideband Analog as a service that
1 Verizon states that DOVPATH is described in Verizon's FCC Tariff No. 11, Section 7.2.12.
provides an analog channel with a bandwidth measured in kHz for the transmission of a wideband signal.2
Verizon explains that Wideband Data provides an analog channel for the transmission of synchronous
serial data or asynchronous serial data.3 Verizon states that it plans to discontinue DOVPATH, Wideband
Analog and Wideband Data in their respective Service Areas on or after December 19, 2013, pending
Commission authorization. Verizon indicates that it plans to discontinue these services because they are
outdated and customers no longer use or want them. In fact, Verizon notes that no customers currently
subscribe to DOVPATH, Wideband Analog or Wideband Data and, therefore, there are no affected
customers that require notice. Verizon asserts that it is considered dominant with respect to the services
to be discontinued.
In accordance with section 63.71(c) of the Commission's rules, Verizon's application will be
deemed to be granted automatically on the 60th day after the release date of this public notice, unless the
Commission notifies Verizon that the grant will not be automatically effective. In the application and
notice to customers, Verizon indicates that on or after December 19, 2013 and subject to Commission
authorization, Verizon plans to discontinue DOVPATH, Wideband Analog and Wideband Data in their
respective Service Areas. Accordingly, pursuant to section 63.71(c) and the terms of Verizon's
application, absent further Commission action, Verizon may discontinue DOVPATH, Wideband Analog
and Wideband Data in their respective Service Areas on or after
December 21, 2013, in accordance with
Verizon'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
November 21, 2013. Such comments should refer to
WC Docket No. 13-227 and Comp. Pol. File No.
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.
2 Verizon notes that Wideband Analog is described in Verizon's FCC Tariff No. 1, Section 7.2.6 and in Verizon's
FCC Tariff No. 11 Section 7.2.6.
3 Verizon states that Wideband Data is described in Verizon's FCC Tariff No.1, Sections 7.2.7 and 10.8.1 and in
Verizon's FCC Tariff No. 11. Sections 7.2.7 and 10.8.1.
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.4 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 email@example.com 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),
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Kimberly Jackson, (202) 418-7393 (voice), email@example.com, 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
4 47 C.F.R. 1.1200 et seq.
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