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Media Bureau To Permit Electronic Filing Of Pleadings

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Released: July 6, 2012


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DA 12-1083

Released: July 6, 2012

Media Bureau Expands CDBS Features to Permit

the Electronic Filing of Pleadings
The Media Bureau has added a new feature to the Consolidated DataBase System (CDBS).
Parties may now file the following pleadings electronically:
-Informal Objections
-Petitions to Deny
-Petitions for Reconsideration
-Applications for Review
This feature will make electronically filed pleadings promptly available to licensees, interested parties and
the general public, thereby increasing the transparency of the broadcast licensing processes.
The majority of the Bureau’s official broadcast forms must be filed electronically. The Bureau
also permits applicants and licensees to submit certain non-form filings electronically. These include
Change of Address, Consummation Notice, Silent Notification, Special Temporary Authority, Digital
Notification, Notification of Suspension, Silent STA and DTV Transition Notification.1 The new filing
feature expands permissive electronic filing to include the listed pleadings.
To access the pleadings submission form in the electronic filing system, simply log into a CDBS
account at this site:, and click
on “additional non-form filings” at the bottom of the list of available electronic forms. From the Informal
Filings menu on the next screen, select “Informal Objection/Petition to Deny/Petition for
Reconsideration/Application for Review/Opposition/Reply/Supplement.” The link will open the CDBS
Pre-form for "Informal Objection/Petition to Deny/Petition for Reconsideration/Application for
Review/Opposition/Reply/Supplement" where you select the type of pleading to be filed and enter the
application file number to which the pleading pertains. Upon completion of the Pre-form, click on
"Enter." The link will open the "Informal Objection/Petition to Deny/Petition for
Reconsideration/Application for Review/Opposition/Reply/Supplement" Form. Pleadings filed
electronically shall be treated as properly transmitted to the Commission as of the date of receipt.2

1 Media Bureau Announces New Features in CDBS, Public Notice, 21 FCC Rcd 2071 (MB 2006).
2 See 47 C.F.R. § 0.401(a)(1)(iii).

Please note that CDBS can be used only to file pleadings pertaining to broadcast applications, and
can not be used for pleadings relating to docketed proceedings (that is, proceedings that have a Docket
Number, e.g., MB Docket No. 12-001). To file comments or pleadings in docketed proceedings, go to the
Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS):
Electronically filed pleadings will generally be available in CDBS Public Access the first
business day after filing. Pleadings may be accessed via the Application Search screen in CDBS: Once locating an application on the
Application Search Results screen, click on the “Info” link for that application. On the next screen, click
on the “View Legal Actions” link to view any pleadings filed regarding that particular application.
For more information about electronic submission of pleadings, see the CDBS Informal Filings
FAQ page:
For more information about this public notice, please contact Jim Bradshaw at (202) 418-2700
( General questions concerning the use of CDBS may be addressed to the
CDBS Help Desk at or (202) 418-2662. Press inquiries should be directed to Janice
Wise at (202) 418-8165 or


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