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Released: December 8, 2011

PUBLIC NOTICE
Federal Communications Commission

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DA 11-2000

December 8, 2011

DEADLINES ESTABLISHED FOR FILING COMMENTS AND REPLY COMMENTS

ON THE BENEFITS AND BURDENS OF REQUIRING COMMENTERS TO FILE CITED

MATERIALS IN RULEMAKING PROCEEDINGS

GC Docket No. 10-44

Comments Due: January 9, 2012
Reply Comments Due: January 23, 2012

On November 29, 2011, we released a Public Notice soliciting comment on additional
procedures to improve transparency and efficiency in Commission proceedings. In particular, the Public
Notice seeks comment on the benefits and burdens of requiring commenters to file materials they cite in
pleadings or ex parte notices submitted in rulemaking proceedings, so that those materials are more
easily accessible to all interested parties.1 The Public Notice set deadlines for filing comments and reply
comments at 30 and 45 days, respectively, after publication of a summary of the Public Notice in the
Federal Register.
On December 8, 2011, a summary of the Public Notice was published in the Federal Register.2
Accordingly, comments must be filed on or before January 9, 2012, and reply comments must be filed on
or before January 23, 2012. Commenters should follow the filing instructions in the Public Notice.3 The
Public Notice is available on the Commission’s website.4


1 Comment Sought on Benefits and Burdens of Requiring Commenters to File Cited Materials in Rulemaking
Proceedings as Further Reform to Enhance Record-Based Decisionmaking
, GC Docket No. 10-44, Public Notice,
DA 11-1950, 2011 WL 5995710 (F.C.C.) (rel. Nov. 29, 2011).
2 Benefits and Burdens of Requiring Commenters to File Cited Materials in Rulemaking Proceedings as Further
Reform to Enhance Record-Based Decisionmaking
, 76 Fed. Reg. 76728 (Dec. 8, 2011).
3 Commenters are reminded that the Commission has designated this as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in
accordance with the Commission’s ex parte rules. 47 C.F.R. § 1.1200 et seq.; Amendment of Certain of the
Commission’s Part 1 Rules of Practice and Procedure and Part 0 Rules of Commission Organization
, Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking, 25 FCC Rcd 2430, 2439-40 (2010). 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. 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

DA 11-2000

For further information regarding this proceeding, contact Elizabeth Lyle, Office of General
Counsel, (202) 418-1720.
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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 § 1.1206(b) of the Commission’s rules. Written ex parte presentations and memoranda
summarizing oral ex parte presentations, and all attachments thereto, must be filed through the electronic comment
filing system, 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.
4 See http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-11-1950A1.doc (Word);
http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2011/db1129/DA-11-1950A1.pdf (Acrobat).
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