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Domestic 214 Grant for Transfer of 3 Rivers

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Released: November 26, 2013


Federal Communications Commission

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DA 13-2277

Released: November 26, 2013


WC Docket No. 13-241

Pursuant to section 214 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. § 214, and

sections 0.91, 0.291, and 63.03 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. §§ 0.91, 0.291, and 63.03, the

Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) approves the application of Montana Opticom, LLC (Opticom)

and 3 Rivers Telephone Cooperative, Inc. to transfer Opticom’s interstate telecommunications facilities

and operations in the Big Sky exchange in the Madison and Gallatin Counties of Montana to 3 Rivers

Community Telephone Company, Inc.1

No comments were filed in opposition to the application.

The Bureau finds, upon consideration of the record, that the proposed transfer will serve the

public interest, convenience, and necessity, and therefore grants the requested authorization.2

Pursuant to

section 1.103 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 1.103, the consent granted herein is effective upon

the release of the Public Notice. Petitions for reconsideration under section 1.106 or applications for

review under section 1.115 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.106, 1.115, may be filed within 30

days of the date of this Public Notice.

For further information, please contact Tracey Wilson-Parker at 202 / 418-1394, or Dennis

Johnson at 202 / 418-0809, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau.

1 Domestic Section 214 Application Filed for the Acquisition of Certain Assets of Montana Opticom, LLC by 3

Rivers Telephone Cooperative, Inc., WC Docket No. 13-241 (filed Sept. 24, 2013).

2 See Joint Applications of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. and Chorus Communications, Ltd. for Authority to

Transfer Control of Commission Licenses and Authorizations Pursuant to Sections 214 and 310(d) of the

Communications Act and Parts 22, 63 and 90 of the Commission’s Rules, CC Docket No. 01-73, Memorandum

Opinion and Order, 16 FCC Rcd 15293, 15298-99, para. 10 (CCB/WTB 2001) (granting transfer of control

involving an incumbent local exchange carrier (LEC) and the transferee, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (TDS),

where the wireless affiliate of TDS provides service in the area served by the incumbent LEC, and the merger

would not harm competition).

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