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Released: April 12, 2013


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DA 13-709

Released: April 12, 2013




CC Docket Nos. 96-45, 01-92; GN Docket No. 09-51;

WC Docket Nos. 03-109, 05-337, 07-135, 10-90; WT Docket No. 10-208

Comment Date: April 22, 2013

On April 9, 2013, the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) filed a petition on behalf
of its rate-of-return member carriers seeking expedited clarification or, in the alternative, a waiver of
requirements in section 51.909(a)(4) of the Commission’s rules.1 Specifically, NECA requests that the
Commission clarify that section 51.909(a)(4) does not require adjustments to NECA’s capped interstate
switched access rates when pool participation changes result in de minimis impacts.2 NECA states that
the costs of strictly adhering to this new rule clearly outweigh the benefits in such circumstances.3 NECA
further states that such a clarification would avoid the need for waivers in 2013 and in future years when
companies enter or exit the NECA pool, or when offsetting pool participation changes do not have
significant net impacts on rates.4 In the alternative, NECA requests that the Commission waive section
51.909(a)(4) for the 2013-2014 tariff period.5 NECA states that such a waiver would avoid the need for
tariff revisions at the federal and state levels required to effectuate de minimis changes in rates associated
with 2013 pool election changes.6
Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR §§ 1.415, 1.419,
interested parties may file comments on or before the date indicated above. All filings should refer to CC
Docket Nos. 96-45, 01-92, GN Docket No. 09-51, WC Docket Nos. 03-09, 05-337, 07-135, 10-90, and
WT Docket No. 10-208. Comments may be filed using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing
System (ECFS). See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 FR 24121 (1998).

1 See Petition of the National Exchange Carrier Association for Expedited Clarification or Waiver, WC Docket No.
10-90 et. al at 1 (filed April 9, 2013). See also Connect America Fund et al., WC Docket No. 10-90 et al., Order,
DA 13-564 (Wireline Comp. Bur. rel. Mar. 27, 2013).
2 Id. at 2.
3 Id. at 2, 6.
4 Id.
5 Id.
6 Id.

Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the
Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each
filing. If more than one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding,
filers must submit two additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number.
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 St., SW, Room TW-A325,
Washington, DC 20554. The filing hours are 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, SW, Washington DC 20554.
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 this Notice initiates shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in
accordance with the Commission’s ex parte rules.7 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

7 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.

For further information, please contact Robin Cohn, Wireline Competition Bureau, Pricing Policy
Division, at (202) 418-1520 or via email at
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