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WCB Seeks Comment on i-wireless's Petition Regarding Service Areas

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Released: January 4, 2013


Federal Communications Commission

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DA 13-10

Release Date: January 4, 2013




WC Docket No. 09-197

Comment Date: February 4, 2013
Reply Comment Date: February 19, 2013

The Wireline Competition Bureau seeks comment on a petition filed on December 21, 2012 by i-
wireless, LLC (i-wireless), a Lifeline-only eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC), pursuant to section
54.207 of the Commission’s rules.1 In its petition, i-wireless requests the Commission’s agreement with
the Kansas State Corporation Commission’s conclusion to redefine the service areas of certain rural
incumbent telephone companies: Cunningham Telephone, Co., LaHarpe Telephone Company, Mo-Kan
Dial, Moundridge Telephone Company, People Telecommunications, Rainbow Telecommunications
Association, S&A Telephone Company, Wamego Telecommunications Company, and Zenda Telephone
Section 54.207 of the Commission’s rules, which implements section 214(e)(5) of the
Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the Act), provides that a rural telephone company’s service
area will be its study area “unless and until the Commission and the states, after taking into account the
recommendations of a Federal-State Joint Board instituted under section 410(c) of the Act, establish a
different definition of service area for such company.”3
This public notice is required by section 54.207(c)(2) of the Commission’s rules.4 If the
Commission initiates a proceeding to consider the Petition, it must do so within 90 days of the release
date of this public notice, pursuant to the Commission’s rules.5 If the Commission does not act on the

1 Petition for Commission Agreement in Redefining Certain Service Areas of Rural Incumbent Telephone
Companies in the State of Kansas, WC Docket No. 09-197 (filed Dec. 21, 2012) (i-wireless Petition); 47 C.F.R. §
54.207. Pursuant to section 54.207(e), the Commission delegated authority to the Wireline Competition Bureau to
consider redefinitions of rural telephone companies’ service areas. 47 C.F.R. § 54.207(c).
2 i-wireless Petition at 1-2, Ex. A.
3 47 C.F.R § 54.207(b); 47 U.S.C. (c). § 214(e)(5).
4 47 C.F.R. § 54.207(c)(2).
5 47 C.F.R. § 54.207(c)(3).

Petition by

April 4, 2013

, the definition proposed by the State Corporation Commission of Kansas will be
deemed approved by the Commission and shall take effect in accordance with state procedures.6
Interested parties may file comments on or before February 4, 2013, and reply comments on
or before February 19, 2013. All pleadings are to reference

WC Docket No. 09-197

. Comments may
be filed using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) or by filing paper copies.7
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., S.W., Room TW-A325, Washington, D.C. 20554. All
hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes must be disposed of
before entering the building. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 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, S.W., Washington D.C. 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).

In addition, we request that one copy of each pleading be sent to each of the following:

(1) The Commission’s duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., 445 12th Street, S.W., Room
CY-B402, Washington, D.C. 20554,; phone: (202) 488-5300 fax: (202) 488-
(2) Michelle R. Schaefer, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau,
445 12th Street, S.W., Room 5-B442, Washington, D.C. 20554; e-mail:;
(3) Charles Tyler, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th
Street, S.W., Room 5-A452, Washington, D.C. 20554; e-mail:
Filings and comments are also available for public inspection and copying during regular
business hours at the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-
A257, Washington, D.C. 20554. They may also be purchased from the Commission’s duplicating
contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington,
D.C. 20554, telephone: (202) 488-5300, fax: (202) 488-5563, or via e-mail
This matter shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in accordance with the
Commission’s ex parte rules.8 Persons making oral ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda

6 See 47 C.F.R. § 54.207(c)(ii).
7 See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, GC Docket No. 97-113, Report and Order, 13
FCC Rcd 11322 (1998).

summarizing the presentations must contain summaries of the substance of the presentation and not
merely a listing of the subjects discussed. More than a one or two sentence description of the views and
arguments presented generally is required.9 Other rules pertaining to oral and written ex parte
presentations in permit-but-disclose proceedings are set forth in section 1.1206(b) of the Commission’s
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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8 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
9 See 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206(b)(2).
10 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206(b).

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