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Released: December 19, 2012

Federal Communications Commission

DA 12-2046

Before the

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

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In the Matter of
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IB Docket No. 12-267
Comprehensive Review of Licensing and
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Operating Rules for Satellite Services

ORDER

Adopted: December 19, 2012

Released: December 19, 2012

Extended Comment Filing Deadline:

January 14, 2013

Extended Reply Comment Filing Deadline:

February 13, 2013
By the Chief, International Bureau:
1.
On September 28, 2012, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
(“NPRM”) in which it initiated a comprehensive review of Part 25 of its rules governing licensing and
operation of space stations and earth stations.1 The NPRM set the deadline for filing comments at 45 days
after its publication in the Federal Register, and reply comments at 75 days after its publication in the
Federal Register. The NPRM was published in the Federal Register on November 8, 2012.2 Accordingly,
the deadline for filing comments is December 24, 2012 and the deadline for filing reply comments is
January 22, 2013.3
2.
On December 17, 2012, Intelsat License LLC (Intelsat) filed a request to extend the
comment deadline by three weeks, until January 14, 2013.4 Intelsat states that the extension will allow
interested parties to address meaningfully the multiple and highly technical issues raised in this
comprehensive proceeding.5 Intelsat further notes that the imminent holiday season poses staffing
challenges that warrant a three week extension of the comment period.6
3.
The Commission does not routinely grant extensions of time.7 However, given the
numerous and detailed changes proposed in the NPRM and due to the holiday season, we find that a three
week extension of time for filing comments is warranted. Further, we also extend the reply comment
period by three weeks to give all parties the contemplated 30-day period in which to review the comments
and prepare reply comments.
4.
Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that, pursuant to Section 4(i) of the Communications Act


1 Comprehensive Review of Licensing and Operating Rules for Satellite Services, IB Docket No. 12-267, Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking, 27 FCC Rcd 11619 (rel. Sept. 28, 2012).
2 See 77 Fed Reg. 67172 (Nov. 8, 2012).
3 Id.
4 Request for Extension of Comment Deadline, Intelsat License LLC, IB Docket No.12-267, filed December 17,
2012.
5 Id.
6 Id. at 2.
7 47 C.F.R. § 1.46(a).

Federal Communications Commission

DA 12-2046

of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. § 154(i), and Sections 0.51, 0.261, and 1.46 of the Commission's Rules,
47 C.F.R. §§ 0.51, 0.261, and 1.46, the Request for Extension of Time to File Comments filed by Intelsat
License LLC IS GRANTED and the deadline to file comments in this proceeding is extended to January
14, 2013.
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 0.51, 0.261, and 1.46 of the Commission's rules,
47 C.F.R. §§ 0.51, 0.261, and 1.46, the deadline to file reply comments in this proceeding is extended to
February 13, 2013.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
Mindel De La Torre
Chief
International Bureau
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