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Calling Party Pays Service Offering in the Commercial Mobile Radio Services

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AGENCY:

Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION:

Final rule, petition for reconsideration.

SUMMARY:

This document denies a petition for reconsideration of a previous Declaratory Ruling in this proceeding. This decision also terminates this proceeding regarding calling party pays service offering without taking any specific action on the issues raised in the proceeding.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Joseph A. Levin or David H. Siehl, 202-418-1310; [TTY: 202-418-7233].

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This is a summary of the Commission's Memorandum Opinion and Order on Reconsideration and Order Terminating Proceeding in WT Docket No. 97-207, FCC 01-125, adopted April 9, 2001, and released April 13, 2001. The complete text of the released document is available on the Commission's Internet site, at www.fcc.gov. The full text is also available for inspection and copying during normal business hours in the FCC Reference Information Center (Courtyard level), 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554, and also may be purchased from the Commission's copy contractor, International Transcription Services (ITS, Inc.), (202) 857-3800, 445 12th Street, SW., CY-B400, Washington, DC 20054.

Synopsis of Memorandum Opinion and Order on Reconsideration and Order Terminating Proceeding

1. This Memorandum Opinion and Order on Reconsideration and Order Terminating Proceeding (MO&O) denies a Petition for Reconsideration of the Declaratory Ruling and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in this proceeding (64 FR 38313, July 16, 1999; 64 FR 38396, July 16, 1999) regarding calling party pays service, and terminates the proceeding without action.

2. The Ohio Public Utilities Commission (Ohio Petition) alleges that the Declaratory Ruling contains ambiguous and potentially conflicting conclusions that should be clarified. As discussed in paragraphs 7 through 19 of the MO&O, because the Commission's rules permit parties to file petitions for reconsideration only for final rules, the MO&O considers only that part of the Ohio Petition which argues that calling party pays is not properly classified as a commercial mobile radio service because it does not meet the interconnected service criteria. The Commission denies the Ohio Petition, finding that calling party pays service is an interconnected for profit service to the public and, therefore, constitutes commercial mobile radio service under the Communications Act.

3. The MO&O also terminates the calling party pays proceeding without taking action. The MO&O, in paragraphs 20-24 of the full text of the MO&O, finds that it is unclear that regulatory intervention by the Commission is warranted. The Commission emphasizes, however, that the existing rules do not prevent a carrier from offering a calling party pays service to its subscribers. In terminating this Start Printed Page 22446proceeding, the Commission removes any remaining regulatory uncertainty regarding calling party pays occasioned by the pendency of the proceeding.

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4. The Petition for Reconsideration of the Declaratory Ruling in this proceeding, filed by the Public Utility Commission of Ohio on August 16, 1999, is denied.

5. The proceeding is terminated without further action.

6. This action is taken pursuant to sections 1, 4(i), 7, 201, 202, 303(r), and 332 of the Communications Act of 1934 as amended, 47 U.S.C. 151, 154(i), 157, 201, 202, 303(r), 332.

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Federal Communications Commission.

Magalie Roman Salas,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 01-11169 Filed 5-3-01; 8:45 am]

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