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provided services to Cuba. On January 12, 2011, TeleCuba was granted an international section 214
authorization to provide facilities-based service to Cuba pursuant to the new State Department
C. The Petition
11. TeleCuba filed its Petition on March 18, 2010, and supplemented its Petition on May 21,
2010, in response to an information request from the International Bureau.24 In these documents,
TeleCuba requests that the Commission, for a three-year period, waive the ISP and the applicable
benchmark rate of $0.19 per minute for direct service to Cuba in order to permit it to pay ETECSA $0.84
per minute for termination of telephone traffic between the United States and Cuba.2s
12. TeleCuba indicates that a three-year waiver is necessary in order to allow a sufficient
timeframe to establish direct services between the United States and Cuba.26 TeleCuba believes that
traffic would increase over the course of the three-year period, which would enable TeleCuba to negotiate
a lower rate with ETECSA.27 TeleCuba asserts that a waiver of the proposed settlement and accounting
rates is in the public interest since it will allow TeleCuba to reestablish its working relationship with
ETECSA and therefore allow for an expansion of telecommunications services between the United States
and Cuba.28 Finally, TeleCuba contends that the provision of direct service to Cuba will minimize the
influence of intermediate country carriers.29
13. The Petition was placed on Public Notice on April 26, 2010.30 On May 26, 2010, AT&T
Inc. ("AT&T") filed comments,31 and on June 10, 2010, Verizon filed reply comments.32
14. Both AT&T and Verizon support TeleCuba's request for a waiver of the benchmark rate.
AT&T and Verizon state that a waiver of the ISP should be granted to the extent necessary to allow the
$0.84 per minute settlement rate.33 Additionally, Verizon emphasizes that any waiver must apply to all
23 See ITC-214-20101119-00448 (IConnect Wholesale, Inc.), International Authorizations Granted, Public Notice,
DA 11-64 (Int'l Bur. rel. Jan. 13, 2011). IConnect Wholesale, Inc. was also granted international section 214
authorization to provide global facilities-based and resale service. See ITC-214-20101119-00449, International
Authorizations Granted, Public Notice, DA 10-2367 (Int'l Bur. rel. Dec. 16, 2010).
24 Letter from Luis G. Coello, President, IConnect Wholesale, Inc. d/b/a TeleCuba, to the Secretary of the
Commission, dated May 21, 2010 ("Petitioner's Response to Supplemental Information Request"); Letter from
James L. Ball, Chief, Policy Division, International Bureau, FCC, to Mr. Luis G. Coello, President, IConnect
Wholesale, Inc., d/b/a TeleCuba, (May 12, 2010) (FCC May 12 Supplemental Information Request).
25 See Petition at I.
27 See Petitioner's Response to Supplemental Information Request at 2.
28 See Petition at 2.
3o IConnect Wholesale, Inc., d/b/a TeleCuba, Requests a Waiver of the International Settlements Policy and
Benchmark Rate for Facilities-Based Telecommunications Services with Cuba, Public Notice, DA-10-961, 25 FCC
Red 5829 (Int'l Bur. 2010).
" Comments of AT&T Inc., filed May 26, 2008 (AT&T Comments).
32 Reply Comments of Verizon companies (Verizon Reply Comments). The Verizon companies participating in this
filing ("Verizon") are the regulated, wholly-owned subsidiaries ofVerizon Communications Inc.
SAT&T Comments at I; Verizon Reply Comments at 1.
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