[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 36 (Friday, February 22, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 12269-12271]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-03936]


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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

47 CFR Part 54

[WC Docket No. 10-90; DA 13-193]


Wireline Competition Bureau Seeks Updates and Corrections to 
TelcoMaster Table for Connect America Cost Model

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: In this document, the Wireline Competition Bureau seeks 
comment to confirm the attribution of price cap carrier operating 
company wire centers to particular holding companies for purposes of 
Connect America Phase II implementation.

DATES: Comments are due on or before March 14, 2013. If you anticipate 
that you will be submitting comments, but

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find it difficult to do so within the period of time allowed by this 
notice, you should advise the contact listed below as soon as possible.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by WC Docket No. 10-90, 
by any of the following methods:
    [ssquf] Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
    [ssquf] Federal Communications Commission's Web Site: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/. Follow the instructions for submitting 
comments.
    [ssquf] People with Disabilities: Contact the FCC to request 
reasonable accommodations (accessible format documents, sign language 
interpreters, CART, etc.) by email: FCC504@fcc.gov or phone: (202) 418-
0530 or TTY: (202) 418-0432.
    For detailed instructions for submitting comments and additional 
information on the rulemaking process, see the SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION section of this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heidi Lankau, Wireline Competition 
Bureau at (202) 418-2876 or TTY (202) 418-0484.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is a synopsis of the Wireline 
Competition Bureau's Public Notice in WC Docket No. 10-90; DA 13-193 
released February 12, 2013. The complete text of the Public Notice is 
available for inspection and copying during normal business hours in 
the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street SW., 
Room CY-A257, Washington, DC 20554. These documents may also be 
purchased from the Commission's duplicating contractor, Best Copy and 
Printing, Inc. (BCPI), 445 12th Street SW., Room CY-B402, Washington, 
DC 20554, telephone (800) 378-3160 or (202) 863-2893, facsimile (202) 
863-2898, or via the Internet at http://www.bcpiweb.com.
    1. The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) hereby seeks comment to 
confirm the attribution of price cap carrier operating company wire 
centers to particular holding companies for purposes of Connect America 
Phase II implementation.
    2. The USF/ICC Transformation Order, 76 FR 73830, November 29, 
2011, adopted a framework for providing ongoing support to areas served 
by price cap carriers, including areas where broadband-capable 
infrastructure does not exist, known as Connect America Phase II. As a 
part of this framework, the Commission directed the Bureau to develop a 
forward-looking model to ``estimate the cost of a modern voice and 
broadband capable network.'' The Bureau has sought public input on the 
design of the forward-looking cost model, and on January 17, 2013 the 
Bureau announced the release of Connect America Cost Model version two 
(CACM v2.0) that allows Commission staff and interested parties to 
calculate costs based on a series of inputs and assumptions for Connect 
America Phase II implementation.
    3. Today, the Bureau solicits public input on an updated version of 
the TelcoMaster table that will be used in a subsequent version of 
CACM. CACM reflects the assigned serving wire center boundaries and 
subsequent state totals based on the boundary designations for each 
serving wire center. The TelcoMaster table provides the holding company 
name associated with the serving wire centers for the entire nation and 
lists the following data:

 Service Area
 State
 Operating Company Number
 Company Name
 Study Area Code
 Study Area Name
 Rate-of-Return or Price Cap--Connect America-Specific

    4. We seek comment on whether any adjustments should be made to the 
TelcoMaster table data for the price cap carrier wire centers. 
Specifically, does the TelcoMaster table identify the correct holding 
company ownership of the listed price cap carrier wire centers?
    5. There are also several Alaskan wire centers where the holding 
company is unknown and the company name is listed as 
``UnderStudyforCorrection.'' Which holding companies should be 
associated with these wire centers? To the extent carriers or other 
parties identify any errors or omissions in the TelcoMaster table data, 
please provide correct information.
    6. Parties who have signed the Third Supplemental Protective Order 
may view the TelcoMaster table by accessing the model at http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/caf-phase-ii-models, and visiting the Posted 
Data Sets.

I. Procedural Matters

A. Initial Regulatory Flexibility Act Analysis

    7. As required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, as 
amended (RFA), the Bureau prepared an Initial Regulatory Flexibility 
Analysis (IRFA), included as part of the Model Design PN, 77 FR 38804, 
June 29, 2012, of the possible significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities by the policies and rules proposed 
in these Public Notices and the information posted online in the 
Virtual Workshops. We have reviewed the IRFA and have determined that 
is does not need to be supplemented. We invite parties to file comments 
on the IRFA in light of this additional notice.

B. Paperwork Reduction Act

    8. This document does not contain proposed information 
collection(s) subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 
Public Law 104-13. In addition, therefore, it does not contain any new 
or modified information collection burden for small business concerns 
with fewer than 25 employees, pursuant to the Small Business Paperwork 
Relief Act of 2002, Public Law 107-198, see 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(4).

 C. Filing Requirements

    9. Comments and Replies. Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of 
the Commission's rules, 47 CFR 1.415 and 1.419, interested parties may 
file comments on or before the date indicated on the first page of this 
document. Comments may be filed using the Commission's Electronic 
Comment Filing System (ECFS). See Electronic Filing of Documents in 
Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 FR 24121, May 1, 1998.
    [ssquf] Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically 
using the Internet by accessing the ECFS: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/.
    [ssquf] Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file 
an original and one copy of each filing. 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.
    [ssquf] All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for 
the Commission's Secretary must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 
12th Street 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.
    [ssquf] 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.
    [ssquf] U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail 
must be addressed to 445 12th Street SW., Washington DC 20554.
    10. People with Disabilities. To request materials in accessible 
formats for people with disabilities (braille,

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large print, electronic files, audio format), send an email to 
fcc504@fcc.gov 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) Heidi Lankau, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, 
Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Room 5-B511, 
Washington, DC 20554; email: Heidi.Lankau@fcc.gov;
    (2) Charles Tyler, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, 
Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Room 5-A452, 
Washington, DC 20554; email: Charles.Tyler@fcc.gov.
    11. Availability of Documents. Comments, reply comments, and ex 
parte submissions will be publicly available online via ECFS. These 
documents will also be available for public inspection during regular 
business hours in the FCC Reference Information Center, which is 
located in Room CY-A257 at FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20554. The Reference Information Center is open to the 
public Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 
from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    12. The proceeding this Notice initiates shall be treated as a 
``permit-but-disclose'' proceeding in accordance with the Commission's 
ex parte rules. 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, searchable .pdf). Participants in this proceeding 
should familiarize themselves with the Commission's ex parte rules.

Federal Communications Commission.
Kimberly A. Scardino,
Acting Division Chief, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, 
Wireline Competition Bureau.
[FR Doc. 2013-03936 Filed 2-21-13; 8:45 am]
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