SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D. C. 20549
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): February 21, 2011 (February 21, 2011)
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4.01 Changes in Registrants Certifying Accountant.
On December 8, 2010, EarthLink, Inc. (EarthLink) acquired ITC^DeltaCom, Inc. (the Company) as a wholly-owned subsidiary. In connection with the consummation of this acquisition, on February 21, 2011, the Companys Audit Committee approved dismissing BDO USA, LLP (BDO) as the Companys independent registered public accounting firm effective upon BDOs completion of its audit of the Companys financial statements as of December 31, 2010 and for the period January 1, 2010 to December 7, 2010 (Predecessor period) and the period December 8, 2010 to December 31, 2010 (Successor period) and the filing by the Company of its Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010. The Companys Audit Committee also approved engaging Ernst & Young (E&Y) to serve as the Companys independent registered public accounting firm for the 2011 fiscal year. E&Y currently serves as EarthLinks independent registered public accounting firm.
During the Companys fiscal years ended December 31, 2008 and 2009 and for the period January 1, 2010 through February 25, 2011, the Company had no disagreements with BDO on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedure, which disagreements, if not resolved to the satisfaction of BDO, would have caused BDO to make reference thereto in their reports with respect to the Companys consolidated financial statements for any of such years. During such periods, there were also no reportable events as defined in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K. The reports of BDO with respect to the Companys audited consolidated financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 did not contain any adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion and were not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope or accounting principles.
During the Companys fiscal years ended December 31, 2008 and 2009 and for the period January 1, 2010 through February 25, 2011 (1) neither the Company nor anyone on the Companys behalf consulted E&Y regarding (a) either the application of accounting principles to a specified transaction, either completed or proposed, or the type of audit opinion that might be rendered on the Companys financial statements or (b) any matter that was the subject of a disagreement or a reportable event as set forth in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) and (v), respectively, of Regulation S-K, and (2) E&Y did not provide the Company with a written report or oral advice that they concluded was an important factor considered by the Company in reaching a decision as to an accounting, auditing or financial reporting issue.
The Company provided BDO with a copy of this Current Report on Form 8-K prior to its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission and requested that the firm furnish it with a letter addressed to the Securities and Exchange Commission stating whether they agree with the statements made in this Current Report on Form 8-K, and if not, stating the aspects with which they do not agree. A copy of the letter provided to BDO is filed as Exhibit 16.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned duly authorized.
Date: February 25, 2011