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Elizabeth S. Jacobs
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Nick Wagner
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Sheila K. Tipton
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Telephone Certificate (TCU)

TCU-0099-0026  Cedar Communications, LLC On March 25, 2013, Cedar filed a request to amend its certificate to provide local exchange telecommunications service in Iowa, identified as Certificate No. 0204, to allow it to provide competitive local exchange service in the exchanges being served by Windstream Iowa Communications, Inc.  On March 25, 2013, the Board issued an order approving an amendment to its certificate and approving a concurrence in maps.  The order stated that the Board would issue an amended certificate to Cedar upon approval of a tariff that accurately reflects the exchanges where Cedar provides local exchange service in Iowa.

TCU-2012-0009 (TF-2013-0005) NORTHLAND COMMUNICATIONS, INC. On December 6, 2012, Northland filed an application for a certificate to provided local exchange telecommunications service in Iowa.  Northland stated that its service area would mirror the exchange service area maps of Qwest Corporation, d/b/a CenturyLink QC, Frontier Communications of Iowa, Inc. and Windstream Iowa Communications, Inc.  On January 9, 2013, Northland filed a proposed local exchange tariff.  On February 22, 2013, the Board issued an order granting the application, approving a concurrence in maps, approving the tariff, and issuing a certificate.

TCU-2012-0010 (TF-2013-0056) MINBURN TELEPHONE COMPANY On December 10, 2012, Minburn filed an application for a certificate to provide local telecommunications service in the Perry, Iowa, exchange.  On February 22, 2013, the Board issued an order granting Minburn’s application, stating that Minburn would be issued a certificate upon the Board’s approval of a local exchange tariff.  After receiving additional information from Minburn, the Board discovered that Minburn is operating as an incumbent local exchange carrier in the Minburn exchange pursuant to Certificate No. 0088.  Minburn’s application for a new certificate should have been filed as a request to amend its current certificate to reflect Minburn’s operation as a competitive local exchange carrier in a new exchange.  On May 23, 2012 the Board issued an order approving the amendment to Minburn’s certificate, its concurrence in maps, and its tariff, and issuing an amended certificate.

TCU-2013-0001  Onvoy, Inc., d/b/a Onvoy Voice Services On January 8, 2013, Onvoy filed an application for certificate to provide local exchange telecommunications services in the Iowa service areas of Qwest Corporation, n/k/a CenturyLink, Windstream Iowa Communications, and Frontier Communications of Iowa.  Onvoy stated that it would mirror the service area maps of the affected Iowa exchanges.  On April 8, 2013, the Board issued an order granting the application and approving a concurrence in maps.  The certificate will be issued when an approved tariff is on file with the Board.

TCU-2013-0002  Telecom Management, Inc., d/b/a Pioneer Telephone On March 19, 2012, Pioneer filed an application with the Board for a certificate to provide local exchange telecommunications service in Iowa.  Pioneer stated that its service area would mirror the exchange service area maps of Qwest Corporation, d/b/a CenturyLink QC.  On May 24, 2013, the Board issued an order granting the application and approving a concurrence in maps.  The order stated that the Board would issue a certificate to Pioneer upon approval of a tariff reflecting the terms and conditions of its local exchange service in Iowa.

TCU-2013-0003  Farmers and Merchants Mutual Telephone Company On April 18, 2013, Farmers filed a request to amend its Iowa certificate, identified as Certificate No. 0048, to allow it to provide competitive local exchange service in the Olds, Mt. Pleasant, and Washington, Iowa, exchanges.  On June 3, 2013, the Board issued an order approving the certificate amendment, a concurrence in maps, the tariff, and issuing an amended certificate.  The Board’s order stated that Farmers would be allowed to provide service in the exchanges as shown by its tariffs as currently and subsequently approved.

TCU-2013-0004 (TF-2013-0347)  Voice Stream Network, Inc. On June 10, 2013, Voice Stream filed an application with the Board for a certificate to provide local exchange telecommunications service in Iowa.  Also on June 10, 2013, Voice Stream filed a proposed local exchange tariff providing the terms and conditions for local exchange service in Iowa.  On August 1, 2013, the Board issued an order granting the application, approving a concurrence in maps, approving the tariff, and issuing a certificate.

TCU-2013-0005 (TF-2013-0445)  ViaSat Communications, Inc., f/k/a Wildblue Communications, Inc., n/k/a ViaSat, Inc. On June 14, 2013, ViaSat filed an application for a certificate to provide local exchange telecommunications service in Iowa.  On September 11, 2013, the Board issued an order granting application and approving a concurrence in maps.  The order stated that the Board would issue a certificate to ViaSat upon approval of a tariff.  On September 16, 2013, ViaSat filed a proposed local exchange tariff containing the terms and conditions for providing local exchange service in Iowa as described in the local exchange maps of the incumbent local exchange carriers in Iowa. On September 30, 2013, revisions to the proposed tariff were filed and ViaSat Communications filed a notification indicating a corporate name change from ViaSat Communications, Inc., f/k/a WildBlue Communications, Inc., to ViaSat, Inc.  On October 18, 2013, the Board issued an order approving the tariff and issuing a certificate.  In the order, the Board also stated that it would recognize the corporate name change.

TCU-2013-0006 (TF-2013-0357, WRU-2013-0015-2504)  McLeodUSA Telecommunications Services, L.L.C., d/b/a PAETEC Business Services On June 21, 2013, McLeodUSA filed a request for modification of its certificate to provide landline local exchange telecommunications services in South Slope Cooperative Telephone Company’s North Liberty exchange. Concurrent with its application, McLeod filed proposed tariff sheets, a proposed North Liberty exchange map, and a request for a waiver of 199 IAC 22.20(3)“a,” regarding the required scale and other technical requirements of Board-approved exchange maps.  On August 27, 2013, McLeod filed a withdrawal of the filed exchange map and the waiver request. McLeod stated that it adopted South Slope’s ILEC North Liberty exchange map on file with the Board.  On July 11, 2013, South Slope filed a response to the McLeod application asserting that, pursuant to Iowa Code § 476.29(5), any local exchange carrier holding a certificate of public convenience and necessity is obligated to serve all eligible customers within the carrier’s service territory.  South Slope stated it believes that McLeod has no plans to offer or provide local services to residential customers within the proposed service territory.  On September 17, 2013, the Board issued an order approving the application to amend the certificate and approving the tariff.

TCU-2013-0007  BCN Telecom, Inc. On August 13, 2013, BCN filed an application for a certificate to provide competitive local exchange telecommunications service in Iowa.  BCN sought authority to provide competitive local exchange telecommunications services initially in the Iowa service areas of Qwest Corporation d/b/a CenturyLink QC.  On October 25, 2013, the Board issued an order granting the certificate application and approving a concurrence in service territory maps.

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