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Released: February 7, 2014
PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission
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DA 14-165
Released: February 7, 2014

DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR REPLY COMMENTS ON NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE

MAKING IN REVITALIZATION OF THE AM RADIO SERVICE

MB Docket No. 13-249

Extended Reply Comment Deadline: March 20, 2014

1.
By this Public Notice, the Media Bureau extends the deadline for filing reply comments
in the above-referenced proceeding. On October 31, 2013, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed
Rule Making, FCC 13-139, in Revitalization of the AM Radio Service, MB Docket No. 13-249.1 In the
AM Revitalization NPRM, the Commission sought comment on a number of proposals intended to
enhance the AM broadcast service or ease regulatory burdens on AM broadcasters. On November 20,
2013, the Media Bureau released a Public Notice announcing that a summary of the AM Revitalization
NPRM
had been published in the Federal Register.2 In the AM Publication PN, the Bureau announced a
comment deadline of January 21, 2014, and a reply comment deadline of February 18, 2014. On January
29, 2014, the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (“AFCCE”) requested a 60-
day extension of the reply comment deadline.3 AFCCE explained that it had formed a committee to
review and reply to the approximately 150 comments received in the proceeding, but that more time was
needed to review and respond to the comments. We grant AFCCE’s request in part, and extend the reply
comment deadline for an additional 30 days.
2.
As set forth in Section 1.46(a) of the Commission’s Rules,4 the Commission’s policy is
that extensions of time shall not be routinely granted. Given the expertise of AFCCE and its members,
and the need for AFCCE’s committee to consult among themselves, however, we believe that granting
AFCCE’s request is necessary to facilitate the development of a full record. Accordingly, we extend the
comment deadline by an additional 30 days, until March 20, 2014.

1 Revitalization of the AM Radio Service, Notice of Proposed Rule Making, 28 FCC Rcd 15221 (2013) (“AM
Revitalization NPRM
”).
2 Media Bureau Announces Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Matter of Revitalization of the AM Radio Service
Published in Federal Register Today
, Public Notice, MB Docket No. 13-249, DA 13-2224, 28 FCC Rcd 15884
(2013) (“AM Publication PN”).
3 Request for Extension for Reply Comments of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers,
MB Docket No. 13-249 (filed January 29, 2014).
4 47 C.F.R. § 1.46.

3.
For additional information on this proceeding, contact Thomas Nessinger,
Thomas.Nessinger@fcc.gov, of the Media Bureau, Audio Division, (202) 418-2700. Press contact:
Janice Wise, (202) 418-8165.
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