FCC Record, Volume 26, No. 7, Pages 4843 to 5761, March 28 - April 08, 2011 Page: 5,049
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Federal Communications Commission News Media Information 202 I 418-0500
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Released: April 4, 2011
NOTIFICATION OF PROPOSED FOREIGN CARRIER AFFILIATIONS AND REQUEST FOR
A DETERMINATION THAT THE INDEPENDENT STATE OF SAMOA PROVIDES
EFFECTIVE COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITIES TO U.S. CARRIERS TO LAND AND
OPERATE A SUBMARINE CABLE IN SAMOA AND PROVIDE INTERNATIONAL SERVICES
IB Docket No. 11-57
PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED
Comments Due: April 18, 2011
Reply Comments Due: April 25, 2011 I
AST Telecom, LLC, d/b/a Blue Sky Communications ("Blue Sky"), American Samoa Hawaii
Cable, LLC ("ASHC"), and Samoa American Samoa Cable, LLC ("SASC," collectively with Blue Sky
and ASHC, "Cable Landing Licensees"), and American Samoa License, Inc. ("ASLI") have filed
notifications pursuant to section 1.768 and section 63.11 of the Commission's rules' to become affiliated
with SamoaTel Limited ("SamoaTel"), a foreign carrier in the Independent State of Samoa ("Independent
Samoa").2 SamoaTel is authorized to provide telecommunications services in Independent Samoa and
also owns and controls the cable station at Apia, Independent Samoa, where the American Samoa Hawaii
cable system ("ASH Cable") lands.' The Cable Landing Licensees are jointly licensed to land and
operate the ASH Cable in the United States, connecting Keawaula, Hawaii and Iliili, American Samoa
with Independent Samoa.4 ASLI holds international section 214 authorization to provide facilities-based
and resale service.5
Independent Samoa is not currently a full member of the World Trade Organization ("WTO").6
The Cable Landing Licensees and ASLI therefore request a determination that Independent Samoa offers
' 47 C.F.R. 1.768, 63.11.
2 Blue Sky Foreign Carrier Affiliation Notification, FCN-NEW-201 10316-00003, filed March 16, 2011 at 1 ("Blue
Sky Notification"); ASLI Foreign Carrier Affiliation Notification, FCN-NEW-20 11 03 1 5-00002, filed March 15,
2011 at 1 ("ASLI Notification").
I3 d. The Commission licensed the ASH Cable on January 9, 2009. See Actions Taken Under Cable Landing
License Act, SCL-LIC-20080814-00016, Public Notice, 24 FCC Red 226 (2009).
6 Blue Sky Notification at 2; ASLI Notification at I.
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