FCC Record, Volume 26, No. 7, Pages 4843 to 5761, March 28 - April 08, 2011 Page: 5,083
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Federal Communications Commission News Media Information 20214180500
445 12x St., S.W. Internet: http:Ilwww.fcc.gov
Washington, D.C. 20554 TTY: 14-88-354322
Released: April 4, 2011
COMMENTS INVITED ON APPLICATION OF AT&T INC. ON BEHALF OF
BELLSOUTH TELECOMMUNICATIONS, INC. D/B/A AT&T SOUTHEAST TO
DISCONTINUE DOMESTIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES
WC Docket No. 11-61
Comp. Pol. File No. 985
Comments Due: May 4, 2011
Section 214 Application
Applicant: AT&T Inc. on behalf of BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. d/b/a AT&T Southeast
On March 10, 2011, AT&T Inc. (AT&T or Applicant) filed an application with the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) on behalf of its affiliate, BellSouth
Telecommunications, Inc. d/b/a AT&T Southeast, located at One SBC Plaza, Dallas, Texas 75202,
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 certain domestic
telecommunications services throughout the AT&T service territory in Alabama, Florida, Georgia,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina. South Carolina and Tennessee (Service Areas). By an
amendment filed April 1, 2011, AT&T corrected certain deficiencies in its initial application and updated
the record regarding notice to its customer. Accordingly, AT&T's application is deemed complete as of
April 1, 2011.
AT&T indicates that AT&T Southeast currently offers Automatic Loop Transfer/Automatic
Protection Switching (ALT/APS) service in the Service Areas pursuant to the terms of the BellSouth
Telecommunications, Inc. FCC Tariff No. 1, Section 7.2.9 E(1). AT&T explains that ALT/APS service
provides protection against failure of the facilities between a customer designated premise and the wire
center serving that premise. According to AT&T, protection is furnished through the use of a switching
arrangement that automatically switches to a spare channel when the working channel fails. AT&T
states, however, that the manufacturer of the necessary provisioning equipment has discontinued
production of the facilities utilized to provide this service so AT&T Southeast plans to discontinue
providing ALT/APS service in the Service Areas. In the customer notice, AT&T indicates that AT&T
Southeast plans to no longer make ALT/APS service available to new customers, and to no longer allow
existing customers to purchase new service in the Service Areas on or after May 31, 2011, pending
regulatory approval. AT&T's notice specifies that under the plan AT&T Southeast will cease
provisioning new requests for physical changes to ALT/APS service including installation of new service
or moves to different service addresses beginning May 31, 2011. AT&T states, however, that AT&T
Southeast plans to continue providing ALT/APS service to existing customers on a month-to-month basis
until the service is discontinued on October 3 1, 201 I, subject to Commission approval of this application.
AT&T maintains that the public convenience and necessity will not be adversely affected by the proposed
discontinuance because there are replacement services available from AT&T and other carriers in the
marketplace including AT&T's DSI Diverse service local and interoffice channel. AT&T indicates that
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