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Rural Call Completion Comment Dates Announced

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Released: April 18, 2013


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DA 13-780

Release Date: April 18, 2013




WC Docket No. 13-39

Comment Date: May 13, 2013
Reply Comment Date: May 28, 2013

On February 7, 2013, the Commission released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) seeking
comment on steps the Commission should take to help address problems in the completion of long-
distance telephone calls to rural customers.1
The Commission set the comment and reply comment deadlines for the NPRM as 30 and 45 days,
respectively, after publication of the summary of the NPRM in the Federal Register. On April 12, 2013, a
summary of the NPRM appeared in the Federal Register.2 Accordingly, interested parties may file
comments on or before May 13, 2013, and reply comments on or before May 28, 2013. All pleadings
are to reference

WC Docket No. 13-39

In the NPRM, the Commission proposed rules that would require that originating long-distance
providers submit in electronic form the monthly call answer rate for rural operating carrier numbers
(OCNs) with 100 attempts or more and the nonrural monthly overall average to the Commission once per
calendar quarter.3 The Commission would specify an electronic template for this reporting requirement
with a list of rural OCNs. 4 The National Exchange Carrier Association, Inc. (NECA) provides a list of
rural OCNs on its web site, at the following link: The Bureau
invites comment on the completeness of NECA’s list, and whether it would be suitable for the
Commission to use this list upon the adoption of the rules proposed in the NPRM.
Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules,5 interested parties may file
comments and reply comments on or before the dates indicated on the first page of this document.

1 Rural Call Completion, WC Docket No. 13-39, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 28 FCC Rcd 1569 (2013).
2 78 Fed. Reg. 21891 (Apr. 12, 2013).
3 NPRM, 28 FCC Rcd at 1575-76, para. 20 & n.46.
4 Id.
5 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.415, 1.419.

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).
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).
This matter shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in accordance with the
Commission’s ex parte rules.6 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,

6 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.

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 parte rules.
For further information, please contact Steve Rowings, Competition Policy Division, Wireline
Competition Bureau at (202) 418-1033 or
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