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Released: August 20, 2014
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Federal Communications Commission

DA 14-1211

Before the

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of

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Implementation of the Twenty-First Century

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Communications and Video Accessibility Act of

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CG Docket No. 10-210

2010, Section 105, Relay Services for Deaf-Blind

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Individuals

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ORDER

Extended Comment Date: September 5, 2014

Extended Reply Comment Date: September 19, 2014

Adopted: August 20, 2014

Released: August 20, 2014

By the Acting Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau:

1.

On August 1, 2014, the Bureau released a Public Notice establishing a pleading cycle for

comments and reply comments in the above referenced proceeding related to the establishment of a

permanent National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP).1 The Public Notice

directed commenters to submit comments by August 22, 2014, and reply comments by September 5,

2014. On August 19, 2014, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) filed a request to extend these

comment and reply comment deadlines by 14 days each, respectively.2 NFB states that additional time is

needed due to the unique communication barriers experienced by individuals who are deaf-blind.3

Specifically, NFB says that it needs more time to conduct outreach, collect comprehensive feedback, and

provide members of NFB’s deaf-blind division with ample opportunity to submit comments as

individuals.4 We grant the requested extension of time.

2.

As set forth in Section 1.46 of the Commission’s rules, it is the policy of the Commission

that extensions of time shall not be routinely granted.5 Nonetheless, we find that granting an extension of

the comment and reply comment periods in this instance will serve the public interest by allowing as

much opportunity as possible for interested stakeholders, particularly individuals who are deaf-blind, to

provide input into the preparation of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the development of proposed

rules to continue the NDBEDP after the pilot program ends on June 30, 2015.

3.

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 0.141, 0.361, and 1.46 of the Commission’s rules,

1 Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau Seeks Comment on the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution

Program, Public Notice, CG Docket No. 10-210, DA 14-1128 (rel. Aug. 1, 2014). The NDBEDP supports

programs that distribute equipment used for telecommunications, Internet access, and advanced communications to

low-income individuals who are deaf-blind.

2 See National Federation of the Blind, Motion for Extension of Time at 2 (filed Aug. 19, 2014), available at

http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7521773528.

3 Id. at 1.

4 Id. at 1-2.

5 47 C.F.R. § 1.46(a).

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Federal Communications Commission

DA 14-1211

47 C.F.R. §§ 0.141, 0.361, and 1.46, the Motion for Extension of Time filed by the National Federation of

the Blind IS GRANTED, the deadline to file comments in this proceeding is extended to September 5,

2014, and the deadline to file reply comments in this proceeding is extended to September 19, 2014.

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

Kris Anne Monteith

Acting Chief

Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau

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