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Released: August 29, 2011

Federal Communications Commission

DA 11-1471

Before the

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of
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Connect America Fund
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WC Docket No. 10-90
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A National Broadband Plan for Our Future
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GN Docket No. 09-51
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Establishing Just and Reasonable Rates for Local
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WC Docket No. 07-135
Exchange Carriers
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High-Cost Universal Service Support
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WC Docket No. 05-337
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Developing an Unified Intercarrier Compensation
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CC Docket No. 01-92
Regime
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Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service
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CC Docket No. 96-45
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Lifeline and Link-Up
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WC Docket No. 03-109

ORDER

Adopted: August 29, 2011

Released: August 29, 2011

By the Chiefs, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Wireline Competition Bureau:
1.
On August 25, 2011, the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates and
the New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel (collectively, "Consumer Advocates") filed a motion for
extension of time1 requesting a twelve-day extension to file reply comments in response to a Public
Notice seeking comment on aspects of certain proposals filed in the record and on additional issues that
are not fully developed in the record.2 On August 26, 2011, the Rural Telecommunications Group and
RCA The Competitive Carriers Association filed motions for a nine-day extension of time to file reply
comments. 3 These parties seek an extension of time for filing reply comments due to the volume of
comments received in the record combined with the complexity and significance of the issues addressed.4



1 Consumer Advocates Motion for Extension of Time, WC Docket Nos. 10-90, 07-135, 05-337, 03-109; GN Docket
No. 09-51; CC Docket Nos. 01-92, 96-45 (filed Aug. 25, 2011) (Consumer Advocates Motion).
2 Further Inquiry Into Certain Issues in the Universal Service-Intercarrier Compensation Transformation Proceeding,
Public Notice, WC Docket Nos. 10-90, 07-135, 05-337, 03-109; GN Docket No. 09-51; CC Docket Nos. 01-92, 96-
45, DA 11-1348 (rel. Aug. 3, 2011) (Public Notice).
3 Rural Telecommunications Group Motion for Extension of Time, WC Docket Nos. 10-90, 07-135, 05-337, 03-109;
GN Docket No. 09-51; CC Docket Nos. 01-92, 96-45 (filed Aug. 26, 2011) (RTG Motion); RCA The Competitive
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2.
Under Section 1.46(a) of the Commission's rules,5 it is the policy of the Commission that
extensions of time shall not be routinely granted. We recognize that the comment schedule established
by the Public Notice provided seven days within which to digest and respond to comments and that a
substantial record was received.6 In addition, we note that Hurricane Irene has had a substantial impact
on significant portions of the Eastern United States, including flooding and power outages that may
affect the ability of interested parties to meet the original due date for reply comments.
3.
We find that the circumstances presented here warrant granting a brief extension of time
to file reply comments; however, we do not grant the extensions requested. Although we find that an
extension is appropriate, it remains necessary to balance the circumstances discussed above with the
Commission's commitment to promptly address the issues raised in this proceeding.7 Accordingly, we
grant an extension of six days to file reply comments, which shall now be due on September 6, 2011.
4.
Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that, pursuant to sections 4(i), 4(j), and 5(c) of the
Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 154(i), 154(j), 155(c), section 1.46 of the
Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. 1.46, and pursuant to the authority delegated in sections 0.91 and 0.291
of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. 0.91, 0.291, the motions for extension of time filed by the
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Carriers Association Motion for Extension of Time, WC Docket Nos. 10-90, 07-135, 05-337, 03-109; GN Docket
No. 09-51; CC Docket Nos. 01-92, 96-45 (filed Aug. 26, 2011) (RCA Motion). In addition, the Universal Service
for America Coalition filed a letter in support of both the Consumer Advocates Motion and RCA Motion. See Letter
from Todd D. Daubert, Counsel to the USA Coalition, to Marlene H Dortch, Secretary, FCC, WC Docket Nos. 10-
90, 07-135, 05-337, 03-109; GN Docket No. 09-51; CC Docket Nos. 01-92, 96-45 (filed Aug. 26, 2011).
4 See Consumer Advocates Motion at 2; RTG Motion at 2; RCA Motion at 2.
5 47 C.F.R. 1.46(a).
6 See Consumer Advocates Motion at 2 (noting that 126 initial comments and over 2,800 pages were filed); RCA
Motion at 1 (stating that over 125 parties filed comments amounting to almost 3,000 pages); RTG Motion at 2
(stating that over 100 parties filed comments).
7 See Bringing Broadband to Rural America: The Home Stretch on USF and ICC Reform,
http://www.fcc.gov/blog/bringing-broadband-rural-america-home-stretch.
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National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates and the New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel,
the Rural Telecommunications Group, and RCA The Competitive Carriers Association are GRANTED
IN PART AND DENIED IN PART as discussed herein.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
Sharon E. Gillett
Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
Rick Kaplan
Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
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