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Domestic 214 Grant for Transfer of Subsidiaries of MCV-DOCOMO Guam

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Released: May 3, 2013

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Released: May 3, 2013

Applications Granted for the Transfer of Control of Subsidiaries of MCV Guam Holding Corp.

to DOCOMO Guam Holdings, Inc.

WC Docket No. 12-265

MCV Guam Holding Corp. (MCVGH and together with its affiliates, MCV) and DOCOMO
Guam Holdings, Inc. (DOCOMO Guam) (collectively, Applicants) filed a series of applications pursuant
to sections 214 and 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (Communications Act),1 and
the Cable Landing License Act of 1921,2 seeking approval for the transfer of control of the licenses and
authorizations held by MCV to DOCOMO Guam.3 MCVGH’s affiliate, Guam Telecom LLC, provides
cable television and competitive telecommunications services to business and residential customers in
Guam. CNMI Telecom LLC, an affiliate of MCVGH, is authorized to provide competitive
telecommunications services in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) but does
not currently provide any services. CNMI Cablevision LLC d/b/a Marianas Cablevision provides cable
television service in the main CNMI islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. DOCOMO Guam provides
facilities-based wireless services in Guam and CNMI through its wholly owned subsidiary, DOCOMO
PACIFIC, INC. The Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB), International Bureau (IB), and Media Bureau
(MB) (collectively, Bureaus) have determined that grant of these applications as conditioned serves the
public interest,4 and accordingly the applications are granted with the conditions stated herein
On October 3, 2012, the Bureaus released a public notice accepting the application for non-
streamlined processing.5 On October 16, 2012, the Department of Justice, including the Federal Bureau

1 47 U.S.C. §§ 214, 310(d).
2 47 U.S.C. §§ 34-39.
3 Application of MCV Guam Holding Corp and DOCOMO Guam Holdings, Inc. to Transfer Control of Domestic
Section 214 Authorizations, WC Docket No. 12-265 (filed Sept. 24, 2012) (Domestic 214 Application);
Applications of MCV Guam Holding Corp. and DOCOMO Guam Holdings, Inc. to Transfer Control of
International Section 214 Authorizations, File Nos. ITC-T/C-20120921-00240, ITC-T/C-20120921-00241; ITC-
T/C-20120921-00243 (filed Sept. 21, 2012); Application of DOCOMO Guam Holdings, Inc. to Transfer Control
of Guam Cable Group, Inc.’s Interest in the China-U.S. Cable, SCL-T/C-20120924-00011 (filed Sept. 21, 2012);
Application of DOCOMO Guam Holdings, Inc. to Transfer Control of CARS Licensee CNMI Cablevision, LLC,
CAR-20120927AA-09 (filed Sept. 21, 2012).
4 Implementation of Further Streamlining Measures for Domestic Section 214 Authorizations, CC Docket No. 01-
150, Report and Order, 17 FCC Rcd 5517, 5540, para. 45 (2002).
5 Applications Filed for the Transfer of Control of Subsidiaries of MCV Guam Holding Corp. to DOCOMO Guam
Holdings, Inc.
, WC Docket No. 12-265, Public Notice, 27 FCC Rcd 12099 (WCB, IB, MB 2012).

of Investigation, with the concurrence of the Department of Homeland Security (collectively, the
Executive Branch Agencies), filed a letter requesting that the Commission defer action on the
applications while they reviewed potential national security, law enforcement, and public safety issues.6
On April 24, 2013, the Executive Branch Agencies submitted a Petition to Adopt Conditions to
Authorizations and Licenses (Petition).7 In the Petition, the Executive Branch Agencies advise the
Commission that they have no objection to the Commission granting its consent in this proceeding,
provided the Commission conditions the grant on the assurances of DOCOMO Guam to abide by the
commitments and undertakings set forth in the October 2006 National Security Agreement (Agreement)
entered into by these parties.8 The Executive Branch Agencies filed the Petition in WC Docket No. 12-
265 on April 24, 2013 (Petition). DOCOMO Guam affirms that the commitments and undertakings in
the Agreement will continue to be binding after the proposed transfer of control. In addition, DOCOMO
Guam agrees to accept as a condition to grant of the proposed transfer of control that the terms and
conditions of the Agreement apply to the additional facilities and licenses proposed to be transferred to
We received one comment associated with the proposed transaction. One Economy Corporation
and One Global Economy (together, One Economy), which state that they research Internet use, access,
and barriers to broadband adoption in Guam and CNMI, filed comments supporting the proposed
transaction and requesting a condition. They assert that the transaction does not raise competitive
concerns and will likely lower consumer costs because DOCOMO Guam could offer bundled service
options in competition with the incumbent local exchange carriers (LECs). One Economy states that its
research suggests that cost is an important factor preventing residents, especially in CNMI, from
obtaining Internet services.9 It cites a Commission survey as finding that consumers who purchase
Internet service though bundles pay $8.55 less per month for service as compared to buying it as a
standalone product, and One Economy expects that DOCOMO Guam could offer competitive bundles in
Guam and CNMI that could produce this type of significant savings for consumers. 10 One Economy
recommends that the Commission place a condition on the merger to require DOCOMO Guam to
implement training and awareness programs for older residents and immigrants to Guam and CNMI in
order to increase broadband use and adoption in the home.11 Applicants filed reply comments stating that
MCV currently supports and will continue to support digital inclusion programs, serve anchor

6 Letter from Kristin A. Taylor, Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, to Marlene H. Dortch, FCC, WC Docket 12-
265 (filed Oct. 16, 2012).
7 Petition to Adopt Conditions to Authorizations and Licenses, WC Docket No. 12-265 and File Nos. ITC-T/C-
20120921-00240, ITC-T/C-20120921-00243, CAR-20120927AA-09, ITC-T/C-20120921-00241, SCL-T/C-
20120924-00011 (filed Apr. 24, 2013).
8 Id. at 1-2. The Agreement is set out at Applications of Guam Cellular and Paging, Inc. and DoCoMo Guam
Holdings, Inc. for Consent to Transfer Control of Licenses and Authorizations
, WT Docket No. 06-96,
Memorandum Opinion and Order and Declaratory Ruling, 21 FCC Rcd 13580, 13169 (Appendix) (2006).
9 Comments of One Economy Corporation and One Global Economy, WC Docket No. 12-265, at 3-4 (filed Oct.
17, 2012) (Comments).
10 Id. at 3-4, 7-8 (citing Horrigan, John B., “Broadband Adoption and Use in America—Results from an FCC
Survey” at 8 (March 2010), available at
horrigan.pdf (accessed April 29, 2013)).
11 Comments at 4, 7-8.

institutions, and promote broadband adoption post-closing.12 Applicants assert that that they look
forward to future discussions with One Economy to identify opportunities to promote digital adoption
and expand their base of broadband customers, and that a condition is not necessary.13
We will not impose this condition on the proposed transaction. One Economy does not argue
that the transaction will cause any public interest harms with regard to broadband use and adoption, and
we find nothing in the record to suggest that it would do so. Indeed, One Economy states that the
transaction will likely lower broadband costs for consumers, which we conclude should lead to greater
broadband adoption. DOCOMO Guam states that MCV will continue to offer and expand cable
television, high-speed data, and telephone services to customers through upgrades to its network, which
currently passes 50,000 residential homes.14 We agree with the Applicants that the general concerns
raised by One Economy are appropriately addressed by the voluntary digital inclusion and broadband
adoption efforts Applicants state they are undertaking rather than through a condition on the transaction.
The Bureaus find, upon consideration of the record, that approving the transaction will serve the
public interest, convenience, and necessity.15 We find that the transaction is unlikely to result in any
public interest harms. Upon consummation of the transaction, the resulting entity will have a market
share in the U.S. interstate interexchange market of less than ten percent and will provide competitive
telephone exchange services or exchange access services exclusively in geographic areas served by a
dominant local exchange carrier in the United States that is not a party to the transaction. In addition, no
party to the transaction is dominant with respect to any domestic service.16 We also find the transaction
is likely to result in certain public interest benefits, including allowing DOCOMO Guam, a wireless
provider in Guam and CNMI, to bring telecommunications expertise and financial resources to MCV so
that MCV is better positioned to compete with the incumbent LECs on the islands.
We find that grant of the application, subject to DOCOMO Guam and MCV abiding by the
commitments and undertakings contained in the Petition and Agreement, will serve the public interest,
convenience, and necessity. Consistent with Commission precedent, we accord the appropriate level of
deference to the Executive Branch Agencies’ expertise on national security and law enforcement issues.17

12 Reply Comments of DOCOMO Guam Holdings, Inc. and MCV Guam Holding Corp., WC Docket No. 12-265
at 4-5 (filed Oct. 24, 2012) (Reply).
13 Id. at 5.
14 Domestic 214 Application, Exh. 1 at 2-6; Reply at 4-5.
15 See 47 U.S.C. §§ 214(a), 310(d).
16 47 C.F.R. 63.03(b)(2)(i).
17 The Commission considers national security, law enforcement, foreign policy, and trade policy concerns when
analyzing a transfer of control or assignment application in which foreign ownership is an issue. See Amendment
of the Commission’s Regulatory Policies to Allow Non-U.S. Licensed Satellites Providing Domestic and
International Service in the United States
, Report and Order, 12 FCC Rcd 24094, 24170-72, paras. 178-82 (1997);
Rules and Policies on Foreign Participation in the U.S. Telecommunications Market, Report and Order and Order
on Reconsideration, 12 FCC Rcd 23891, 23919-21, paras. 61-66 (1997) (Foreign Participation Order), Order on
Reconsideration, 15 FCC Rcd 18158 (2000). In assessing the public interest, the Commission considers the record
and accords the appropriate level of deference to Executive Branch expertise on national security and law
enforcement issues. See Foreign Participation Order, 12 FCC Rcd at 23919-21, paras. 61-66.

Pursuant to Sections 4(i), 214, and 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended,18
and Sections 0.291, 0.261, and 0.331 of the Commission’s rules,19 WCB, IB, and MB, under delegated
authority, approve the applications listed herein subject to the condition set forth above.


A. International

The International Bureau grants the applications to transfer control of international section 214
authorizations held by MCVGH to DOCOMO Guam to provide facilities-based and resold service in
connection with the proposed transaction.20

File Number

Authorization Holder

Authorization Number

CNMI Telecom, LLC
Guam Cable Group Inc.
Guam Telecom, LLC

B. Domestic

The Wireline Competition Bureau grants the application to transfer control of domestic section
214 authority in connection with the proposed transaction.


The International Bureau grants the application for consent to the transfer of control of a cable
landing license held by Guam Cable Group, Inc.

File Number

Authorization Holder

Authorization Numbers

Guam Cable Group, Inc.


18 47 U.S.C. §§ 154(i), 214, 310(d).
19 47 C.F.R. §§ 0.291, 0.261, 0.331.
20 DOCOMO Guam is classified as a dominant carrier on the U.S.-Japan route pursuant to section 63.10 of the
Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 63.10, and agrees to comply with the dominant carrier safeguards in section
63.10(c) in the provision of international service between the United States and Japan.

The Media Bureau grants the application for consent to the transfer of control of a cable
television relay service license held by CNMI Cablevision, LLC.

File Number

Authorization Holder

Call Sign

CNMI Cablevision, LLC
For further information, please contact Jodie May, (202) 418-0913, Competition Policy Division,
Wireline Competition Bureau; David Krech, Policy Division, International Bureau, (202) 418-7443;
Wayne McKee, Engineering Division, Media Bureau, (202) 418-2355.

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