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Released: October 25, 2012


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DA 12-1725

Released: October 25, 2012




WC Docket No. 09-197

Comment Date: November 26, 2012
Reply Comment Date: December 10, 2012

The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on petitions filed by Free Mobile, Inc. (Free
Mobile),1 ICON Telecom, Inc. (ICON),2 and NewPhone Wireless, L.L.C. (NewPhone Wireless)3 for
limited designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) for the provision of Lifeline service.
Free Mobile, ICON, and NewPhone Wireless each seek designation as an ETC for the limited purpose of
offering Lifeline service in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, New
Hampshire, North Carolina, New York, Tennessee and Virginia.4
Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, interested parties may file
comments and reply comments on or before the dates indicated on the first page of this document.
Comments may be filed using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).5

1 Free Mobile, Inc. Petition for Designation as a Lifeline Eligible Telecommunications Carrier, WC Docket No. 09-
197 (filed Sept. 13, 2012) (Free Mobile Petition). Free Mobile has a compliance plan pending with the Commission
and may not be designated as an ETC until that plan has been approved by the Wireline Competition Bureau. See
Amended Compliance Plan of Free Mobile, Inc., WC Docket Nos. 09-197 and 11-42 (filed Aug. 31, 2012); see also
Lifeline and Link Up Reform and Modernization et al.
, WC Docket No. 11-42 et al., Report and Order and Further
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 27 FCC Rcd 6656, 6816, para. 380 (2012) (Lifeline Reform Order).
2 ICON Telecom, Inc. Petition for Limited Designation as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier in Alabama,
Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee
and Virginia, WC Docket No. 09-197 (filed Aug. 27, 2012) (ICON Petition). ICON has a compliance plan pending
with the Commission and may not be designated as an ETC until its plan has been approved by the Wireline
Competition Bureau. See ICON Telecom, Inc. Amended Compliance Plan, WC Docket Nos. 09-197 and 11-42
(filed Aug. 22, 2012); see also Lifeline Reform Order, 27 FCC Rcd at 6816, para. 380.
3 NewPhone Wireless, L.L.C. Petition for Designation as a Lifeline Eligible Telecommunications Carrier, WC
Docket No. 09-197 (filed Sept. 28, 2012) (NewPhone Wireless Petition). NewPhone Wireless has a compliance
plan pending with the Commission and may not be designated as an ETC until that plan has been approved by the
Wireline Competition Bureau. See Revised Compliance Plan of NewPhone Wireless, L.L.C., WC Docket Nos. 09-
197 and 11-42 (filed Aug. 23, 2012); see also Lifeline Reform Order, 27 FCC at 6816, para. 380.
4 Free Mobile Petition at 1-2; ICON Petition at 1; NewPhone Wireless Petition at 1-2.
5 See 47 CFR §§ 1.415, 1.419; 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).
The proceeding this Notice initiates 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, 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,

6 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.

searchable .pdf). Participants in this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission’s ex
For further information, please contact Divya S. Shenoy, Telecommunications Access Policy
Division, Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-7400 or TTY (202) 418-0484.
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