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Released: January 16, 2009
DOMESTIC SECTION 214 APPLICATION FILED FOR THE TRANSFER OF CONTROL OF
RICHMOND TELEPHONE COMPANY AND RICHMOND CONNECTIONS, INC.
TO CORNERSTONE TELEPHONE COMPANY, L.L.C.
STREAMLINED PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED
WC Docket No. 09-5
Comments Due: January 30, 2009
Reply Comments Due: February 6, 2009
On January 12, 2009, Richmond Telephone Company (RTC) and its subsidiary, Richmond
Connections, Inc. (RCI), and CornerStone Telephone Company, L.L.C. (CornerStone) (collectively,
Applicants) filed an application pursuant to section 63.03 of the Commission's rules to transfer control of
RTC and RCI to CornerStone.1
RTC and RCI are Massachusetts corporations. RTC is a rural incumbent local exchange carrier
(LEC) serving Richmond, Massachusetts in Berkshire County. RCI provides facilities-based and resold
competitive local exchange services primarily in Berkshire County, Massachusetts outside the service
area of RTC. It also provides long distance services to customers in RTC's service territory.
CornerStone, a New York limited liability company, provides competitive local exchange, long distance,
and other services in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey. Applicants state that RCI
and CornerStone both currently provide competitive services in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, which they
state is the only geographic area in which the Applicants overlap. CornerStone serves 62 business
customers in Pittsfield, and RCI serves 391 business customers and 726 residential customers. Applicants
assert that there are multiple competitive carriers in Pittsfield, in addition to the incumbent LEC, Verizon
The following U.S. citizens own at least 10 percent of the equity of CornerStone: Daniel Yamin
(15.75%), Donald Walsh (15.75%), Stanley D. Russell (13.15%), Jack A. Overton, Jr. (13.15%), and
Jeffrey S. Doerr (13.15%). Pursuant to the terms of the proposed transaction, Applicants state that the
transfer will be through a reverse triangular merger in which a newly formed Massachusetts corporation,
Richmond Acquisition Corporation, will merge with RTC, with RTC as the surviving entity. RTC will be
a wholly owned subsidiary of CornerStone. Applicants assert that the proposed transaction is entitled to
1 47 C.F.R 63.03; see
47 U.S.C. 214. Applicants are also filing applications for transfer of control associated
with authorization for international services. Any action on this domestic section 214 application is without
prejudice to Commission action on other related, pending applications. Applicants filed a supplement to their
domestic section 214 application on January 15, 2009.
presumptive streamlined treatment under section 63.03(b)(2)(ii) of the Commission's rules and that a
grant of the application will serve the public interest, convenience, and necessity.2
Domestic Section 214 Application Filed for the Transfer of Control of Richmond
Telephone Company and Richmond Connections, Inc. to CornerStone Telephone
Company, L.L.C, WC Docket No. 09-5 (filed Jan. 12, 2009).
The Wireline Competition Bureau finds, upon initial review, that the transfer of control
identified herein is acceptable for filing as a streamlined application. The Commission reserves
the right to return any transfer of control application if, upon further examination, it is determined
to be defective and not in conformance with the Commission's rules and policies. Pursuant to
section 63.03(a) of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. 63.03(a), interested parties may file
comments on or before January 30, 2009,
and reply comments on or before February 6, 2009
Unless otherwise notified by the Commission, the Applicants may transfer control on the 31st day
after the date of this notice.3 Comments must be filed electronically using (1) the Commission's
Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) or (2) the Federal Government's e-Rulemaking
47 C.F.R. 63.03(a) ("All comments on streamlined applications shall be filed
electronically . . . ."); Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings
, 63 FR 24121
Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the ECFS, https://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/
, or the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, http://www.regulations.gov
Filers should follow the instructions provided on the website for submitting comments.
For ECFS filers, if multiple docket or rulemaking numbers appear in the caption of this
proceeding, filers must transmit one electronic copy of the comments for each docket or
rulemaking number referenced in the caption. In completing the transmittal screen, filers should
include their full name, U.S. Postal Service mailing address, and the applicable docket or
rulemaking number. Parties may also submit an electronic comment by Internet e-mail. To get
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In addition, e-mail one copy of each pleading to each of the following
1) The Commission's duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., firstname.lastname@example.org;
phone: (202) 488-5300; fax: (202) 488-5563;
2) Tracey Wilson-Parker, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau,
3) Jodie May, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, email@example.com;
4) David Krech, Policy Division, International Bureau, firstname.lastname@example.org; and
5) Jim Bird, Office of General Counsel, email@example.com
2 47 C.F.R. 63.03(b)(2)(ii).
3 Such authorization is conditioned upon receipt of any other necessary approvals from the Commission in
connection with the proposed transaction.
Filings and comments are 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; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; url: www.bcpiweb.com
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