CGB Seeks Comment On Termination of Certain Proceedings as Dormant
Federal Communications Commission
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Released: June 30, 2014
CONSUMER & GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON
TERMINATION OF CERTAIN PROCEEDINGS AS DORMANT
CG Docket No. 14-97
(30 days after date of publication in the Federal Register).
Reply Comment Date:
(45 days after date of publication in the Federal Register).
By this Public Notice, the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau (“CGB”) seeks comment
on whether certain docketed Commission proceedings should be terminated as dormant (Attachment
By Report and Order released on February 4, 2011,1 the Commission revised portions of its Part 1
practice and procedural rules and its Part 0 organizational rules to increase the efficiency of Commission
decision-making, modernize the agency’s processes in the digital age and enhance the openness and
transparency of Commission proceedings for practitioners and the public.2 The revised rules delegate
authority to the Chief, CGB to periodically review all open dockets and, in consultation with the
responsible Bureaus or Offices, to identify those dockets that appear to be candidates for termination.3
The Commission stated that these candidates may include dockets in which no further action is required or
contemplated as well as those in which no pleadings or other documents have been filed for several years,
but it specified that proceedings in which petitions addressing the merits are pending should not be
terminated, absent the parties’ consent.5 The termination of a dormant proceeding also includes dismissal
as moot of any pending petition, motion, or other request for relief that is procedural in nature or otherwise
does not address the merits of the proceeding.6 Following these procedures, by Order released on
November 1, 2011, CGB terminated, as dormant, 999 docketed proceedings.7
1Amendment of Certain of the Commission’s Part 1 Rules of Practice and Procedure and Part 0 Rules of Commission
Organization, Report and Order, 26 FCC Rcd 1594 (2011) (Procedure Order).
2 Id. at 1594-95, para. 1.
3 Id. at 1604, para. 23.
This Public Notice addresses open proceedings in which no action has been taken or pleading filed since December
31, 2008, or in which no further action is required or contemplated. The record in a terminated docket remains part of
the Commission’s official records, and the various pleadings, orders, and other documents in that docket will continue to
be accessible to the public, post-termination.
6 Id. at 1604, para. 24.
7 Termination of Certain Proceedings as Dormant, Order, 26 FCC Rcd 15312 (CGB 2011) (“First Dormant Proceedings
In the Procedure Order, the Commission directed that a public notice, identifying dockets under
consideration for termination and affording interested parties an opportunity to comment, should be issued
before terminating a proceeding. On February 15, 2012, CGB released the Dormant Proceedings
Termination Public Notice,8 listing open dockets under consideration for termination. On September 27,
2012, CGB released an Order in which it terminated as dormant the proceedings listed on the Attachment
thereto.9 Termination of the proceedings in the Second Dormant Proceedings Termination Order
furthered the Commission’s organizational goals of increasing the efficiency of its decision-making,
modernizing the agency’s processes in the digital age, and enhancing the openness and transparency of
Commission proceedings for practitioners and the public. Upon publication of that Order in the Federal
Register, the proceedings were terminated in the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). The records
in terminated proceedings remain part of the Commission’s official records, and the various pleadings,
orders, and other documents in these dockets continue to be accessible to the public, post-termination.
CGB, in coordination with the responsible Bureaus and Offices has once again identified dockets
for possible termination.10 By this third Dormant Proceedings Termination Public Notice, CGB hereby
seeks comment from interested parties on the possible termination of the proceedings listed in Attachment
A. To the extent that a particular proceeding includes a petition addressing the merits or other pending
pleadings, a party’s failure to file comments in response to this Public Notice will be construed as consent
to termination of that proceeding. A party aggrieved by a docket termination may file a petition for
reconsideration with CGB or an application for review with the full Commission.11
Comments and Reply Comments. Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s
rules,12 interested parties may file comments and reply comments on or before the dates indicated on the
first page of this document.
Comments may be filed using: (1) the Commission’s Electronic Comment
Filing System (ECFS); or (2) by filing paper copies.
All filings should reference the docket number of
this proceeding, CG Docket No. 14-97.
Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the
Filers should follow the instructions provided on the
website for submitting comments. In completing the transmittal screen, ECFS filers should
include their full name, U.S. Postal Service mailing address, and CG Docket No. 14-97.
Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy
of each filing. Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial
overnight courier, or by first class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail.
must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal
All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s
Secretary must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW, Room TW-
A325, Washington, DC 20554. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All
hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners.
envelopes or boxes must be disposed of before entering the building.
8 Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau Seeks Comment on Termination of Certain Proceedings as Dormant, 27
FCC Rcd 1613 (CGB 2012) (“Second Dormant Proceedings Termination Public Notice”).
9 Termination of Certain Proceedings as Dormant, Order, 27 FCC Rcd 11284 (CGB 2012) (“Second Dormant
Proceedings Termination Order”).
10 The list of proceedings is sorted by responsible Bureau or Office and Proceeding Number.
11See Procedure Order, 26 FCC Rcd at 1604, para. 24, n.76.
12 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.415, 1.419.
■ Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and
Mail) must be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD
U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445
Street, SW, Washington DC 20554.
To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities
(Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY).
The comments and reply comments filed in response to this Public Notice will be available via
ECFS at: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/; you may search by the docket number (CG Docket No. 14-97).
Comments are also available for public inspection and copying during business hours in the FCC
Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street S.W., Room CY-A257, Washington, D.C.
20554. Copies may also be purchased from Best Copy and Printing, Inc., telephone (800) 378-3160,
facsimile (202) 488-5563, e-mail FCC@BCPIWEB.com.
Ex Parte Rules.
This proceeding shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in
accordance with the Commission’s ex parte rules.13 Persons making ex parte presentations must file a
copy of any written presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two
business days after the presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies).
Persons making oral ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentation
must: (1) list all persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte
presentation was made; and (2) summarize all data presented and arguments made during the
presentation. If the presentation consisted in whole or in part of the presentation of data or arguments
already reflected in the presenter’s written comments, memoranda or other filings in the proceeding, the
presenter may provide citations to such data or arguments in his or her prior comments, memoranda, or
other filings (specifying the relevant page and/or paragraph numbers where such data or arguments can be
found) in lieu of summarizing them in the memorandum. Documents shown or given to Commission
staff during ex parte meetings are deemed to be written ex parte presentations and must be filed
consistent with section 1.1206(b) of the Commission’s rules. In proceedings governed by section 1.49(f)
of the rules or for which the Commission has made available a method of electronic filing, written ex
parte presentations and memoranda summarizing oral ex parte presentations, and all attachments thereto,
must be filed through the electronic comment filing system available for that proceeding, and must be
filed in their native format (e.g., .doc, .xml, .ppt, searchable .pdf).
Participants in this proceeding should
familiarize themselves with the Commission’s ex parte rules.
Additional Information. For further information, contact Gayle Radley Teicher of the Consumer
& Governmental Affairs Bureau, at (202) 418-1515, Gayle.Teicher@fcc.gov.
By the Acting Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
– FCC –
13 See 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
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