Domestic Section 214 Transfer Control of HyperCube and Parent to Rubik
Federal Communications Commission
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: December 20, 2011
DOMESTIC SECTION 214 APPLICATION FILED FOR THE TRANSFER OF CONTROL OF
HYPERCUBE TELECOM, LLC FROM HYPERCUBE, LLC TO
RUBIK ACQUISITION COMPANY, LLC
NON-STREAMLINED PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED
WC Docket No. 11-198
Comments Due: January 3, 2012
Reply Comments Due: January 10, 2012
Rubik Acquisition Company, LLC (Rubik) (collectively, Applicants) filed an application pursuant to
section 63.04 of the Commission’s rules1 to transfer control of HyperCube and Parent to Rubik.
HyperCube, a Delaware limited liability company, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent.
HyperCube provides competitive wholesale local and national tandem switching and transport services,
termination services, toll-free origination services, and Direct Inbound Dial services across leased lines to
telecommunications and information service providers throughout the United States.2 HyperCube
operates its own network equipment, but does not own fiber, IRUs or other transmission facilities.
Rubik, a Delaware limited liability company, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of West Corporation
(West) and was created for the specific purpose of acquiring HyperCube. Through its subsidiaries, West
provides primarily non-regulated service, including conferencing and other meeting replacement services,
alerts and notification services, emergency communications services, automated call processing,
interconnected VoIP services, and agent-based services such as inbound customer care, customer
1 47 C.F.R § 63.04; see 47 U.S.C. § 214. Applicants also filed an application for transfer of control associated with
authorizations for international services. Any action on this domestic section 214 application is without prejudice to
Commission action on other pending applications. Applicants filed a supplement to the application on December
2 HyperCube currently provides services in the following 43 states and the District of Columbia: Alabama,
Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska,
Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma,
Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West
Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
acquisition and retention, and collection of receivables, in the U.S. as well as in Europe, Asia, and other
regions of North America.3
The following individuals or entities hold a direct 10 percent or greater ownership interest in
West: Funds of Thomas H. Lee (approximately 60 percent)4; Gary L. West (U.S. citizen, 12.5 percent);
Mary E. West (U.S. citizen, 12.5 percent); The Quadrangle Group (Quadrangle, 12.5 percent).5 Through
Quadrangle, West is affiliated with four rural incumbent local exchange carriers (LECs) operating in the
cities of Waynesboro and Covington, Virginia, in Virginia’s Alleghany, Augusta and Botetourt counties,
and in Hilton Head Island, Hardeeville, Jasper and Bluffton, South Carolina.6 Although HyperCube
provides services in these areas, Applicants state that HyperCube provides no telephone exchange service
or exchange access service at this time in these markets, and that HyperCube terminates traffic for its
customers only through HyperCube’s interconnections with other carriers in these markets.
The transaction involves the purchase by Rubik of all of the membership interests in Parent.
Specifically, Rubik will acquire all of the membership interests in Parent directly from the individuals or
entities currently holding those interests, with the exception of Annex Holdings HC Corporation (Annex),
which holds 26.06 percent of Parent. With respect to Annex, Rubik will acquire all of the equity of
Annex, and after the closing, Annex will remain a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rubik and will continue to
hold its interest in HyperCube. Applicants state that after the proposed transaction, there will be no loss
or impairment of service for any customers, and that a grant of the application will serve the public
3 West operates through the following groups of subsidiaries: Intrado Inc. is a U.S. entity that provides 911-related
services in the U.S., and its subsidiary provides telecommunications services in Florida, Nevada, North Carolina,
Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia. InterCall, Inc. is a U.S. entity that delivers advanced audio, event, web and
video conferencing solutions throughout the U.S. West Communications, Inc. d/b/a Smoothstone is a U.S. entity
that primarily provides interconnected VoIP services to business customers in the following 42 states plus the
District of Columbia: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia,
Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota,
Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio,
Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia,
Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
4 Voting or investment control over securities that the Thomas H. Lee Funds own are acted upon by a majority vote
of the following members, all of whom are U.S. citizens: Todd M. Abbrecht, Charles A. Brizius, Anthony J.
DiNovi, Thomas M. Hagerty, Scott L. Jaeckel, Seth W. Lawry, Soren L. Oberg, Scott A. Schoen, Scott M. Sperling
and Kent R. Weldon.
5 Voting or investment control over securities that Quadrangle owns are acted upon by an investment committee
consisting of the following U.S. citizens: Michael A. Huber, Peter R. Ezersky, Steven Felsher, and Puneet Gulati.
Quadrangle’s current investments include the following companies that provide domestic telecommunications
services: Hargray Telephone Company, Inc. (ILEC operating in Hilton Head, Hardeeville and Jasper, SC); Bluffton
Tel. Co. Inc. (rural ILEC operating in Bluffton, SC); Hargray of Georgia, Inc. (CLEC operating in GA); Hargray,
Inc. (CLEC operating in SC); Low Country Carriers, Inc. (d/b/a Hargray Long Distance, a toll reseller operating in
GA and SC); Mercury Voice and Data, LLC (CLEC operating in AZ and MO); Cebridge Telecom CA, LLC (CLEC
operating in CA); Cebridge Telecom LA, LLC (CLEC operating in LA); Cebridge Telecom MO, LLC (CLEC
operating in MO); Cebridge Telecom NC, LLC (CLEC operating in NC); Cebridge Telecom OK, LLC (CLEC
operating in OK); Cebridge Telecom TX, LLC (CLEC operating in TX); Cebridge Telecom WV, LLC (CLEC
operating in WV); TCA Communications, LLC (IXC operating in various states); NTELOS Telephone Inc. (ILEC
operating in Waynesboro and Covington, and portions of Augusta and Alleghany Counties, VA); Roanoke and
Botetourt Telephone Company (ILEC operating in Botetourt County, VA, including in the towns of Troutville,
Dalevill and Fincastle); NTELOS Network Inc. (CLEC operating in VA); NTELOS of West Virginia (CLEC
operating in WV); FiberNet, L.L.C. (CLEC operating in WV, KY and MD); FiberNet of Ohio, LLC (CLEC
operating in OH); FiberNet Telecommunications of Pennsylvania, LLC (CLEC operating in PA); and FiberNet of
Virginia, Inc. (CLEC operating in Virginia).
6 See supra n.5 for a list of Quadrangle’s incumbent LEC affiliates..
interest, convenience and necessity. Applicants request streamlined treatment under section
63.03(b)(2)(i) of the Commission’s rules.7 Because this transaction is more complex than usual, in order
to analyze whether the proposed transaction would serve the public interest, this application will not be
Domestic Section 214 Application Filed for the Transfer of Control of HyperCube, LLC and
HyperCube Telecom, LLC to Rubik Acquisition Company, LLC, WC Docket No. 11-198 (filed
December 1, 2011).
GENERAL INFORMATIONThe application referenced herein has been found, upon initial review, to be acceptable for filing
as a non-streamlined application. The Commission reserves the right to return any application if, upon
further examination, it is determined to be defective and not in conformance with the Commission’s rules
and policies. Interested parties may file comments on or before January 3, 2012, and reply comments
on or before January 10, 2012. All filings concerning matters referenced in this Public Notice should
WC Docket No. 11-198.
Under the Commission’s procedures for the submission of filings and other documents,9
submissions in this matter may be filed electronically (i.e., though ECFS) or by hand delivery.
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7 47 C.F.R. § 63.03(b)(2)(i).
8 47 C.F.R. § 63.03(b), (c)(1)(v).
9 See Implementation of Interim Electronic Filing Procedures for Certain Commission Filings, Order, 16 FCC Rcd
21483 (2001); see also FCC Announces a New Filing Location for Paper Documents and a New Fax Number for
General Correspondence, Public Notice, 16 FCC Rcd 22165 (2001); Reminder: Filing Locations for Paper
Documents and Instructions for Mailing Electronic Media, Public Notice, 18 FCC Rcd 16705 (2003).
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