FCC Record, Volume 27, No. 11, Pages 8850 to 9847, July 30 - August 17, 2012 Page: 8,923
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Federal Communications Commission News Media Information 20214184500
445 12' St., S.W. Intemet: http:lHwww.fcc.gov
Washington, D.C. 20554 TTY: 1-884354322
Released: July 31, 2012
COMMENTS INVITED ON APPLICATION OF AT&T SERVICES INC. ON BEHALF
OF AT&T CORP. TO DISCONTINUE DOMESTIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS
WC Docket No. 12-205
Comp. PoL File No. 1045
Comments Due: August 15, 2012
Section 214 Application
Applicant: AT&T Services Inc. on behalf of AT&T Corp.
On June 26, 2012, AT&T Services Inc. (AT&T or Applicant) filed an application with the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) on behalf of its affiliate, AT&T Corp., located at
One AT&T Way, Bedminster, NJ 07921, requesting authority, under section 214 of the
Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 214, and section 63.71 of the Commission's
rules, 47 C.F.R. 63.71, to discontinue a certain domestic telecommunications service throughout the
continental United States, the District of Columbia, Alaska and off-shore to Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico
and the U.S. Virgin Islands (collectively Service Areas).
AT&T indicates that AT&T Corp. currently offers Fractional TI Channel service in the Service
Areas (also referred to in the notice to customers as Private Line Fractional TI Interoffice Channel
service). AT&T describes Fractional Ti Channel service as a dedicated, point-to-point digital interoffice
channel service that supports speeds of 128, 192, 256, 320, 384, 448, 512, 576, 640, 704 or 768 kbps, and
1.024 or 1.152 Mbps. AT&T states, however, that AT&T Corp. plans to discontinue the service because
of low market demand. In its customer notices, AT&T Corp. specifies that on or after September 30,
2012, subject to Commission authorization, it plans to no longer offer Fractional TI Channel service to
new customers and plans to impose certain restrictions on service to existing customers including no
longer renewing service agreements or allowing moves, additions and change orders for service unless
expressly provided for in the customer's existing agreement. AT&T Corp. also clarifies that, upon
expiration of existing contracts, it will continue to provide Fractional Ti Channel service to existing
customers on a month-to-month basis until it discontinues the service entirely, which is currently planned
for March 31, 2014. AT&T maintains that the public convenience and necessity will not be impaired by
the proposed discontinuance because there are alternative services available in the marketplace including
AT&T Corp.'s Private Line DS1 or Multi-Protocol Label Switching based VPN services. AT&T
indicates that AT&T Corp. notified affected customers of the proposed discontinuance by letters sent via
U.S. mail on June 14, 15, 22 and 26, 2012. AT&T states that AT&T Corp. offers Fractional Ti Channel
service pursuant to non-dominant carrier regulation.
In accordance with section 63.71(c) of the Commission's rules, AT&T's application will be
deemed to be granted automatically on the 31st day after the release date of this public notice, unless the
Commission notifies AT&T that the grant will not be automatically effective. In the customer notices,
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