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Released: July 28, 2014
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PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

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445 12th St., S.W.

Washington, D.C. 20554

DA 14-1071

Released July 28, 2014

WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU EXTENDS PERIOD TO FILE REPLY

COMMENTS ON PROPOSED RULES TO ESTABLISH A CITIZENS BROADBAND RADIO

SERVICE IN THE 3550-3650 MHz BAND

WT Docket No. 12-354

Reply Comment Date: August 15, 2014

By this Public Notice, we extend the deadline for filing reply comments in response to the

Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) in the above-captioned proceeding to allow parties to

more thoroughly address the complex technical, legal, and policy issues raised in the FNPRM and in the

record.1 Interested parties will now have until August 15, 2014 to file reply comments.2

On July 23, 2014, the Satellite Industry Association (SIA) filed a motion to extend the reply

comment deadline in the above-captioned proceeding from August 1 until August 15, 2014.3 SIA asserts

that additional time is needed to respond to significant technical issues raised in the extensive record.4 In

addition, SIA notes that, during the scheduled reply comment period, many of the technical personnel

responsible for analyzing issues raised in the FNPRM on behalf of SIA member companies will be

unavailable. These personnel will be attending meetings of the ITU Joint Task Working Groups

preparing for WRC-15.5

1 Amendment of the Commission's Rules with Regard to Commercial Operations in the 3550-3650 MHz Band, GN

Docket No. 12-354, Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 29 FCC Rcd 4273(2014).

2 The FNPRM sets forth a comment deadline of 40 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register and a

reply comment deadline of 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. Id. The FNPRM was published in the

Federal Register on June 2, 2014. Comments were due on or before July 14, 2014 and reply comments were

originally due on or before August 1, 2014. See 79 FR 31247, available at https://federalregister.gov/a/2014-11732.

3 Satellite Industry Association Motion for Extension of Time to File Reply Comments, GN Docket No. 12-354

(filed July 23, 2014) (SIA Motion).

4 Id. at 1.

5 Id. at 2.

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On July 24, 2014, the Public Interest Spectrum Coalition, Utilities Telecom Council, and

Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (Petitioners) filed a joint request (Joint Extension

Request) to extend the reply comment deadline until August 15, 2014.6 Petitioners assert that extenuating

circumstances warrant an extension and that the requested extension would be consistent with the public

interest.7

Specifically, the Joint Extension Request asserts that additional time is needed to accurately

assess and prepare responses to the relatively large volume of comments filed in response to the FNPRM,

many of which addressed complicated technical issues.8 The Petitioners also note that the Commission’s

Electronic Comment Filing System was largely inaccessible during the two days following the July 14,

2014 comment deadline and that the Federal Register publication date of the FNPRM removed an

additional two days from the contemplated reply comment window.9 In addition, the Petitioners note that

many of the parties that have filed comments in this proceeding have also been participating in the Open

Internet proceeding10 and other Commission rulemakings with overlapping deadlines.11 The Petitioners

contend that the requested extension would not prejudice other parties or delay consideration of the record

and that the Commission’s work would be assisted by more robust participation in the reply comment

phase.12

It is the general policy of the Commission that extensions of time shall not be routinely granted.13

However, under these circumstances, we agree that an extension of time to file reply comments is

warranted to ensure that the Commission obtains a complete and thorough record in response to the

FNPRM. The FNPRM sought comment on a wide variety of novel technical, policy and legal issues

related to the establishment of the proposed Citizens Broadband Radio Service. We conclude that a short

extension of time is warranted to enable interested parties sufficient opportunity to review and respond to

the complex issues raised by the FNPRM. Accordingly, pursuant to Section 4(i) of the Communications

Act of 1934, as amended,14 and Section 1.46 of the Commission's rules,15 we extend the deadline for

filing reply comments until August 15, 2014.

For further information, please contact Paul Powell of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau,

Mobility Division, at (202) 418-1613 or paul.powell@fcc.gov.

Action by the Deputy Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.

-FCC-

6 Public Interest Spectrum Coalition, Utilities Telecom Council, and Wireless Internet Service Providers Association

Joint Request for Extension of Time to File Reply Comments, GN Docket No. 12-354 (filed July 24, 2014) (Joint

Extension Request).

7 Id. at 1.

8 Id. at 1-2.

9 Id. at 1-2.

10 See GN Docket No. 14-28.

11 Joint Extension Request at 2-3.

12 Id. at 3.

13 47 C.F.R. § 1.46(a).

14 47 U.S.C. § 154(i).

15 47 C.F.R. § 1.46.

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