Attachment StarVox and CTI Pote

StarVox and CTI Pote

LETTER submitted by Federal Communications Commission

Potential Termination Letter

2018-12-14

This document pretains to ITC-214-19920520-00115 for International Global Resale Authority on a International Telecommunications filing.


                              Federal Communications Commission
                                    Washington, D.C. 20554

                                              December 14, 2018

Kyle L. Dickson, Esq.
General Counsel for
StarVox Communications, Inc., Capital Telecommunications, Inc., and
U.S. Wireless Data, Inc.
$275 El Rio, Suite 110
Houston, Texas 77054

272$ Orchard Parkway
San Jose, California 95134
kdickson@starvox.com

CERTIFIED MAIL        -   RETURN RECEIPTREQUESTED

Re:     Potential Termination of International Section 214 Authorizations,
        file Nos. ITC-214-19920520-OO115 & ITC-214-20050407-00146

Dear Mr. Dickson:

        We are forwarding for your response the attached letter submitted on July 23, 201$ by the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with the concurrence of the Department of Justice (DOJ),
including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) (collectively, “the Executive Branch Agencies”).1
The Executive Branch Agencies request that the Federal Communications Commission (Commission)
terminate, declare null and void and no longer in effect, and/or revoke the domestic and international
Section 214 authorizations held by StarVox Communications, Inc. (StarVox)2 and its wholly owned
subsidiary, Capital Telecommunications, Inc. (CTI)3 for failure to comply with the Letters of Assurances
(LOAs) filed in connection with the transfers of control of such authority and compliance with which are
express conditions of StarVox and CTI’s authorizations.4 The Executive Branch Agencies make this
request because they believe that StarVox and CTI are no longer in business.5

 Letter from Phil Ludvigson, Director, Foreign Investment Risk Management, Office of Policy, U.S. Department of
Homeland Security, to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, FCC (July 23, 2018) (DHS Letter).
2
 StarVox’s international Section 214 authorization was granted on May 5, 2005 under file number ITC-214-
20050407-00 146. International Authorizations Granted, Section 214 Applications (47 C.F.R. § 63.18); Section
3]O(b)(4) Requests, Report No. TEL-00907, Public Notice, 20 FCC Rcd 8781 (lB 2005).
  CTI’s international Section 214 authorization was granted on July 22, 1992, under file number ITC-92-169 (new
file number ITC-214-l9920520-OOl 15). L.D.C. Consultants, Application for Authority to Operate as an
International Resale Carrier et at., DA-92-984, Order, Authorization and Certificate, 7 FCC Rcd 5012 (Common
Carrier Bur. 1992).
  Do,nestic Authorization Granted, Application filedfor the Transfer of Control of Capital Teteconununications,
Inc. to StarVox Co,nnzunications Inc., WC Docket No. 06-127, Public Notice, 21 FCC Rcd 10695 (WCB 2006);
International Authoi-izations Granted, Section 214 Applications (47 C.F.R. § 63.18); Section 310(b)(4) Requests,
Report No. TEL-0 1069, Public Notice, 21 FCC Rcd 10675 (lB 2006); Letter from Jonathan S. Marashlian, Legal
Counsel and Authorized Signatory for StarVox Communications, Inc. and Capital Telecommunications, Inc., to Ms.
Sigal P. Mandelker, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Stewart
A. Baker, Assistant Secretary of Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Ms. Elaine N. Lammert,
Deputy General Counsel, federal Bureau of Investigation (Sept. 15, 2006) (2006 LOA). In 2007, the FCC


        As an initial matter, on April 2, 2008, pursuant to Section 63.7 1(c) of the Commission’s rules and
absent further Commission action, the Wireline Competition Bureau approved StarVox and Cli’s request
to discontinue domestic service on or after May 3, 2008 and we do not address in this letter the Executive
Branch Agencies’ request to terminate the domestic Section 214 authorizations of StarVox and CTI.6

         With regard to StarVox and CTI’s international Section 214 authorizations, after receiving an
international Section 214 authorization, as required by Section 63.21(a) of the Commission’s rules, a
carrier “is responsible for the continuing accuracy of the certifications made in its application” and must
promptly correct information no longer accurate, “and in any event, within thirty (30) days.”7 CII and
StarVox have failed to inform the Commission of any changes in their business status of providing
international telecommunications services, as required by Section 63.2 1(a) of the Commission’s rules.8

         Additionally, as part of their authorizations, StarVox and CII were required to file annual
international telecommunications traffic and revenue reports, as required by Section 43.62 of the



conditioned its grant of the transfers of control of the domestic and international Section 214 authorizations held by
StarVox and CII to U.S. Wireless Data. Inc. (USWI) on USWI, StarVox, and CII abiding by the commitments and
undertakings contained in their July 25, 2007 letter to the Executive Branch Agencies. Domestic Section 214
Authorization Granted, Applications for the Transfer of Control of StarVox Communications 1,tc. and Capital
Teleco,nnzunications, Inc. to U.S. Wireless Data, Inc., WC Docket No. 07-1 15, Public Notice, 22 FCC Rcd 15276
(WCB 2007); I,tternatio.’talAuthorizations Granted, Section 214 Applications (47 c.F.R. § 63.18); Section
310(b)(4) Requests, Report No. TEL-Ol 180, Public Notice, 22 FCC Rcd 16035 (lB 2007); Letter from U.S. Wireless
Data, Inc., StarVox Communications, Inc., and Capital Telecommunications, Inc., to Ms. Sigal Mandelker, Deputy
Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Stewart A. Baker, Assistant
Secretary of Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Ms. Elaine N. Lammert, Deputy General Counsel,
Federal Bureau of Investigation (July 25, 2007) (committing to abide by all of the commitments set out in the 2006
LOA).
 DHS Letter at 2. On October 2, 2018, Jonathan S. Marashlian filed a letter stating that he had “ceased representing
StarVox concurrent with StarVox’s dissolution, which occurred in or around 2007.” Letter from Jonathan S.
Marashlian, Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC, The Commiaw Group, to International Bureau, Federal
Communications Commission (Oct. 2, 2018).
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  On March 19, 2008, StarVox and CII filed an application to discontinue certain domestic service in California,
Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey,
New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington. Section 63.71 Application
of Capital Telecommunications, Inc. and Starvox Communications, Inc., (filed Mar. 19, 2008) (Domestic
Discontinuance Application); Comments Invited on Application of Capital Telecommunications, Inc. attd StarVox
Communications, I,tc. to Disconthute Domestic Telecommunications Services, WC Docket No. 08-48, Public
Notice, 23 FCC Red 5619 (WCB 2008) (Domestic Discontinuance Public Notice). Applicants filed for Chapter?
bankruptcy protection before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division.
Domestic Discontinuance Public Notice at 1. In their Domestic Discontinuance Application, StarVox and CII
stated they also were discontinuing international services pursuant to Section 63.19 of the Commission’s rules and
serving a copy of the domestic application and customer notification on the International Bureau. Domestic
Discontinuance Application at 1, n. 1. However, the International Bureau did not receive a copy of the domestic
application or a Section 63.19 filing.
747CFR 63.21(a).
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  There is no indication that StarVox and CTI are currently providing service pursuant to their international Section
214 authorizations. If they have discontinued international services, they may be in violation of the Commission’s
rules requiring prior notification for such discontinuance. 47 CFR § 63.19.


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Commission’s rules, which was in effect until April 201$. Specifically, Section 43.62(b) of the
Commission’s rules required that “[nJot later than July 31 of each year, each person or entity that holds an
authorization pursuant to Section 214 to provide international telecommunications service shall report
whether it provided international telecommunications services during the preceding calendar year.”°
StarVox and CTI did not submit traffic and revenue reports indicating whether or not they provided
services for the 2014 and 2015 reporting periods and thus may have violated Section 43.62 of the
Commission’s rules.1’

         We require that you respond to the allegations by the Executive Branch Agencies and possible
violations of the Commission’s rules within 30 days from the date of this letter, by Monday, January 14,
2019. In your response, please describe any steps that you are taking or will take with the Executive
Branch Agencies to resolve their concerns. If StarVox and CTI are no longer in business, have changed
their name, or are no longer providing services under their international Section 214 authorizations and do
not intend to do so in the future, please indicate whether they are surrendering their authorizations.
Finally, StarVox and CTI must adhere to the Commissions rules designed to ensure its ability to
communicate with the authorization holders and verify if they are still providing service. Failure to do so
may also warrant termination, wholly apart from StarVox and CTI’s non-compliance with the condition
of their international Section 214 authorizations.

        A failure to respond to this letter will be deemed as an admission of the facts alleged by the
Executive Branch Agencies and the Commission and will result in the issuance of an order terminating
StarVox and CTI’s international Section 214 authorizations.


                                                              Sincerely,



                                                              Denise Coca
                                                              Division Chief
                                                              Telecommunications & Analysis Division
                                                              International Bureau

Enclosure:          DHS Letter
947 CFR § 43.62(b). In 2013, the Commission adopted section 43.62(b) of its rules, which went into effect on
February 11, 2015. Reportbtg Requirements for U.S. Providers of International Telecomniunications Services;
Amendment of Part 43 of the Commission Rules, TB Docket No. 04-112, Second Report and Order, 2$ FCC Rcd 575
(2013); Reporthtg Requirenients for U.S. Providers of International Telecommunications Services, 80 Fed. Reg.
7547 (Feb. 11, 2015). On October 24, 2017, the Commission eliminated the annual traffic and revenue reporting
requirement. Section 43.62 Reporting Requirements for U.S. Providers of International Services; 2016 Biennial
Review of Telecommunications Regulations, TB Docket Nos. 17-55 and 16-131, Report and Order, 32 FCC Rcd
8115 (2017); Section 43.62 Reporting Requirements for U.S. Providers of International Services; 2016 Biennial
Review of Telecommunications Regulations, 83 Fed. Reg. 17931 (April 25, 2018).
‘°
     47 CFR § 43.62(b).
°
     FCC, International Bureau, 2014 U.S. International Telecommunications Traffic and Revenue Data (lB July
2016), ipj//transitionicc.gov/Daily Releases/Daily Business/2t) 1 6/dhO7Ol /DOC-34t) 121 A3.pdf; FCC,
International Bureau, Section 43.62 Online Filing (June 28, 2016), https://www.fcc.gov/general/section-4362-
online—ti Ii nv.


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Cc:   Capital Telecommunications, Inc.
      200 West Market Street
      York, Pennsylvania ] 7401

      Thomas E. Rowley
      Chief Executive Officer and Director
      U.S. Wireless Data, Inc.
      2728 Orchard Parkway
      San Jose, California 95134
      tomrowley@starvox.com

      Jackie Sorman
      StarVox Communications Inc.’s DC Agent
      Premier Corporate Services, Inc.
      National Registered Agents, Inc.
       1090 Vermont Avenue, NW Suite 190
      Washington, DC 20005
      jckie @ prerniercorp.corn




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