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Domestic Section 214 Callis Communications, Inc.To Cellular South Inc.

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Released: December 18, 2013


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DA 13-2413

Released: December 18, 2013




WC Docket No. 13-303

Comments Due: January 2, 2014
Reply Comments Due: January 8, 2014

On December 12, 2013, Callis Communications, Inc. (Callis) and Cellular South, Inc. (CSI)
(together, Applicants) filed an application pursuant to section 63.03 of the Commission’s rules1 to transfer
control of Callis to CSI.
Callis, an Alabama corporation, provides competitive local exchange carrier (LEC) services in
Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. CSI, a Mississippi corporation, provides wireless telecommunications
services under the name “C Spire Wireless” in Mississippi and in portions of Tennessee, Alabama, and
Florida. CSI provides wireless service in areas in which Callis provide competitive LEC service. CSI is
wholly owned by Telapex, Inc., a Mississippi corporation. Applicants state that the following hold a 10
percent or greater interest in Telapex, Inc.: Telapex, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan (13.7972
percent), a Mississippi contribution plan with no 10 percent or greater interest holders, and James H.
Creekmore, Sr., a U.S. citizen (11.9827 percent).2 Applicants state that Telapex, Inc. controls two
incumbent LECs, Franklin Telephone Company, Inc. and Delta Telephone Company, Inc., that provide
service in Mississippi. They state that Callis does not provide competitive LEC service in the service
areas of these carriers. In addition, CSI has one competitive LEC affiliate, Telepak Networks, Inc., that
offer service in the areas in which Callis currently offers service.
Pursuant to the terms of the proposed transaction, CSI will purchase the stock of Callis, and, as a
result, Callis will be controlled by CSI. Applicants assert that the proposed transaction is entitled to
presumptive streamlined treatment under section 63.03(b)(2)(ii) of the Commission’s rules and that a
grant of the application will serve the public interest, convenience, and necessity.3

1 47 C.F.R § 63.03; see 47 U.S.C. § 214. Applicants also filed applications for transfer of control associated with
authorization for international and wireless services. Any action on this domestic section 214 application is without
prejudice to Commission action on other related, pending applications. Applicants filed a supplement to their
domestic section 214 application on December 17, 2013.
2 Applicants state that the other stockholders of Telapex, Inc., all U.S. citizens, own interests of less than 10 percent
and all have familial relationships.
3 47 C.F.R. § 63.03(b)(2)(ii).

Domestic Section 214 Application Filed for the Transfer of Control of Callis
Communications, Inc. to Cellular South, Inc., WC Docket No. 13-303 (filed Dec. 12,


The transfer of control identified herein has been found, upon initial review, to be acceptable for
filing as a streamlined application. The Commission reserves the right to return any transfer application
if, upon further examination, it is determined to be defective and not in conformance with the
Commission’s rules and policies. Pursuant to section 63.03(a) of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR §
63.03(a), interested parties may file comments on or before January 2, 2014, and reply comments on or
before January 8, 2014.
Pursuant to section 63.52 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 63.52,
commenters must serve a copy of comments on the Applicants no later than the above comment filing
date. Unless otherwise notified by the Commission, the Applicants may transfer control on the 31st day
after the date of this notice.4
Pursuant to section 63.03 of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR § 63.03, parties to this proceeding
should file any documents in this proceeding using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System

In addition, e-mail one copy of each pleading to each of the following

1) Tracey Wilson, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau,;
2) Jodie May, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau,;
3) David Krech, Policy Division, International Bureau,; and
4) Jim Bird, Office of General Counsel,
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).
The proceeding in this Notice shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in
accordance with the Commission’s ex parte rules.5 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
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

4 Such authorization is conditioned upon receipt of any other necessary approvals from the Commission in
connection with the proposed transaction.
5 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.

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), 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206(b). Participants in this proceeding should familiarize
themselves with the Commission’s ex parte rules.
For further information, please contact Tracey Wilson at (202) 418-1394 or Jodie May at
(202) 418-0913.
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