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Released: November 16, 2012

Federal Communications Commission

DA 12-1841

Before the

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of
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Revisions to Rules Authorizing the Operation of
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WT Docket No. 08-166
Low Power Auxiliary Stations in the 698-806
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MHz Band
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Public Interest Spectrum Coalition, Petition for
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WT Docket No. 08-167
Rulemaking Regarding Low Power Auxiliary
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Stations, Including Wireless Microphones, and the
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Digital Television Transition
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Amendment of Parts 15, 74 and 90 of the
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ET Docket No. 10-24
Commission’s Rules Regarding Low Power
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Auxiliary Stations, Including Wireless
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Microphones
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ORDER

Adopted: November 16, 2012

Released: November 16, 2012

Extended Comment Filing Deadline: December 21, 2012
Extended Reply Comment Filing Deadline: February 19, 2013

By the Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and the Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology:
1.
On October 5, 2012, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and the Office of
Engineering and Technology released a Public Notice inviting interested parties to update and refresh the
record in the wireless microphone proceeding.1 In this Order, we extend the comment and reply comment
filing deadlines in this proceeding to provide that comments are due on or before December 21, 2012, and
reply comments are due on or before February 19, 2013.2
2.
On November 8, 2012, Shure Incorporated, Audio-Technia U.S., Inc., ESPN, Inc.,
Lectrosonics, Inc., Robert Bosch LLC, Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, The Society of Broadcast
Engineers, Inc., and The National Football League (collectively, “Joint Filers”) filed a “Joint Motion for
Extension of Time to File Comments on the Public Notice.”3 The Joint Filers request that the comment


1 The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and the Office of Engineering and Technology Seek to Update and
Refresh Record in the Wireless Microphones Proceeding, WT Docket Nos. 08-166, 08-167, ET Docket No. 10-24,
Public Notice, DA 12-1570 (rel. Oct 5, 2012) (“Public Notice”).
2 Initially, comments were due on or before November 21, 2012, and reply comments were due on or before
December 12, 2012. See Wireless Microphone Proceeding, 77 Fed. Reg. 64,446 (Oct. 22, 2012); The Wireless
Microphone Proceeding, Comment Deadline Established, WT Docket Nos. 08-166, 08-167, ET Docket No. 10-24,
Public Notice, DA 12-1763 (rel. Nov. 2, 2012).
3 Joint Motion for Extension of Time to File Comments, Shure Incorporated, Audio-Technia U.S., Inc., ESPN, Inc.,
Lectrosonics, Inc., Robert Bosch LLC, Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, The Society of Broadcast Engineers, Inc.,
and The National Football League, WT Docket No. 08-166, filed November 8, 2012 (Joint Motion).

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periods be modified so as to coincide with the comment cycle in the Incentive Auctions NPRM.4 The
Joint Filers assert that an extension is required because “many of the issues raised in the public notice are
entwined with issues under consideration in the Incentive Auctions NPRM” and that the Public Notice
“involves complex technical and operational issues.”5 Engineers for the Integrity of Broadcast Auxiliary
Services Spectrum support the Joint Motion.6
3.
The Commission’s policy, as set forth in Section 1.46(a) of its rules,7 is that extensions of
time are not routinely granted. In the instant case, however, we find that providing an extension will
serve the public interest by allowing all parties additional time to consider and discuss the complex issues
in the wireless microphone proceeding. This extension of time also will enable parties to fully evaluate
and take into account in their comments any related issues in the incentive auctions proceeding that may
affect wireless microphones, ensuring that we have a complete record in this proceeding. Therefore, we
grant to all parties an extension of the comment and reply comment filing deadlines, establishing
December 21, 2012 as the new comment filing deadline and February 19, 2013 as the new reply comment
deadline.
4.
Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that, pursuant to section 4(i) of the Communications Act
of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. § 154(i), and sections 0.131, 0.331, and 1.46 of the Commission’s Rules,
47 C.F.R. §§ 0.131, 0.331, and 1.46, the Joint Motion for Extension of Time to File Comments filed by
Shure Incorporated, Audio-Technia U.S., Inc., ESPN, Inc., Lectrosonics, Inc., Robert Bosch LLC,
Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, The Society of Broadcast Engineers, Inc., and The National Football
League IS GRANTED.
5.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, pursuant to section 4(i) of the Communications Act of
1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. § 154(i), and sections 0.131, 0.331, and 1.46 of the Commission’s rules, 47
C.F.R. §§ 0.131, 0.331, and 1.46, the deadline to file comments in this proceeding is extended to
December 21, 2012 and the deadline to file reply comments in this proceeding is extended to February 19,
2013.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
Ruth Milkman
Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
Julius P. Knapp
Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology


4 See Expanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum Through Incentive Auctions, GN Docket
No. 12-268, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 12-118 (adopted Sept. 28, 2012) (Incentive Auctions NPRM).
5 See Joint Motion at 2-6.
6 EIBASS Supports the Joint Motion for Additional Time, Engineers for the Integrity of Broadcast Auxiliary
Services Spectrum, WT Docket No. 08-166, filed November 9, 2012.
7 47 C.F.R. § 1.46(a).
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