Submarine Cable Streamlined Accepted PN 06/21/2012
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
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WASHINGTON D.C. 20554
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Report No. SCL-00131S
Friday June 22, 2012
Streamlined Submarine Cable Landing License Applications
Accepted For FilingUnless otherwise specified, the following procedures apply to the applications listed below:
The applications listed below have been found, upon initial review, to be acceptable for filing and subject to the
streamlined processing procedures set forth in section 1.767 of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. § 1.767. Pursuant to
the Submarine Cable Landing License Act, 47 U.S.C. §§ 34-39, and Executive Order No. 10530, reprinted as amended
in 3 U.S.C. § 301, each applicant seeks: (a) the grant of a cable landing licensee; (b) the modification of a cable landing
license; and/or (c) the assignment or transfer of control of an interest in a submarine cable landing license.
Pursuant to its decision in Review of Commission Consideration of Applications under the Cable Landing License Act,
IB Docket No. 00-106, FCC 01-332, 16 FCC Rcd 22167 (2001) and section 1.767 of the rules, the Commission will
take action upon these applications within forty-five (45) days after release of this public notice, unless the Commission
has informed the applicant in writing that the application, upon further examination, has been deemed ineligible for
Ex parte communications between outside parties and Commission staff concerning these applications are permitted
subject to the Commission's rules for "permit-but-disclose proceedings." See 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206. Filings relating to
this application must be received within 14 days of this notice. Such filings will not necessarily result in an application
being deemed ineligible for streamlined processing.
Copies of all applications listed here are available for public inspection in the FCC Reference and Information Center,
located in room CY-A257 at the Portals 2 building, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington DC 20554. The center can be
contacted at (202) 418-0270. 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 email@example.com or call the Consumer
& Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty). All applications listed are subject to
further consideration and review, and may be returned and/or dismissed if not found to be in accordance with the
Commission's rules, regulations, and other requirements.
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CABLE & WIRELESS AMERICAS SYSTEMS, INC.
Transfer of Control
Current Licensee:CABLE & WIRELESS AMERICAS SYSTEMS, INC.
FROM:Cable & Wireless Worldwide plc
TO:Vodafone Europe BV
Application filed for consent to the transfer of the control of cable landing license for the Apollo Cable system, SCL-LIC-20010122-00002, held
by Cable & Wireless Americas Systems, Inc. (CWAS), from Cable & Wireless Worldwide plc (CWW) to Vodafone Europe B.V. (Vodafone EU).
The Apollo Cable system is a non-common carrier fiber-optic cable system between the United States, the United Kingdom, and France.
CWAS has a 60% and controlling interest in Apollo Submarine Cable Systems Ltd., the licensee of the Apollo Cable system. Alcatel-Lucent has
a 40% ownership interest in Apollo Submarine Cable Systems Ltd. The Alcatel-Lucent ownership is not affected by this transaction.
Vodafone EU will acquire 100% of the shares of CWW. As a result, CWW and CWAS will become direct and indirect wholly-owned
subsidiaries of Vodafone EU, respectively. Vodafone EU will thus have an indirect 60% controlling interest in Apollo Submarine Cable Systems
Ltd. and the Apollo Cable system.
Vodafone EU, a company organized in the Netherlands and based in the United Kingdom, is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Vodafone
Group plc, a United Kingdom corporation. Vodafone Group plc is a widely-held corporation for which there are no ten percent or greater direct
or indirect shareholders.
Applicants must certify that neither the applicant nor any party to the application is subject to a denial of federal benefits
by federal and/or state courts under authority granted in 21 U.S.C. § 862. See C.F.R. §§ 1.2001-1.2003.
The Commission's rules applicable to submarine cable landing licenses (47 C.F.R. §§ 1.767, 1.768) are available at
https://www.fcc.gov/ib/td/pf/telecomrules.html. See also
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edoc_public/attachmatch/DA-02-5981A1.pdf for a March 13, 2002 Public Notice;
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-01-332A1.pdf for the December 14, 2001 Report and Order.
By this notice, we inform the public that submarine cable landing license applications and international section 214
applications that are part of larger transactions involving multiple Commission licenses or authorizations may involve
"extraordinary circumstances" as referenced in Review of Commission Consideration of Applications under the Cable
Landing License Act, Report and Order, 16 FCC Rcd 22167 (2001) and Rules and Policies on Foreign Participation in
the U.S. Telecommunications Market, Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration, 12 FCC Rcd 23891 (1997),
paras. 327-28, Order on Reconsideration, 15 FCC Rcd 18158 (2000). Additionally, these extraordinary circumstances
may result where Executive Branch agencies petition the Commission to defer decision on certain transactions pending
the resolution of potential national security, law enforcement, foreign policy and trade policy issues. Accordingly, these
applications may not be acted on within the 90-day review period that the Commission has established as the period of
time normally required to reach a decision on non-streamlined cable landing licenses and international section 214
applications. This notice shall serve as public notice to applicants that, in these circumstances, additional time may be
required for Commission review and final action. No additional formal public notice will be provided routinely with
respect to specific applications in the event that the applicable review period extends beyond 90 days.
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