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Released: July 31, 2013

Federal Communications Commission

DA 13-1681

Before the

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of
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Promoting Technological Solutions to Combat
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GN Docket No. 13-111
Contraband Wireless Device Use in Correctional
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Facilities
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ORDER

Extended Reply Comment Date:

August 23, 2013

Adopted: July 31, 2013

Released: July 31, 2013

By the Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau; Chief, Wireless Telecommunications
Bureau:
1.
On May 1, 2013, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in GN
Docket No. 13-111 seeking comment on proposed rules to encourage the development of multiple
technological solutions to combat the use of contraband wireless devices in correctional facilities
nationwide.1 The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking established deadlines for filing comments and reply
comments of July 18, 2013, and August 2, 2013, respectively.2
2.
On July 26, 2013, the American Correctional Association (ACA) filed a request to extend
the reply comment deadline to August 23, 2013.3 ACA states it will be holding its annual summer
meeting on August 9-14, 2013, and issues relating to managed access services and contraband devices,
including issues raised by the FCC's pending proceeding, will be discussed at the conference.4 ACA
believes that further discussion of the issues by its membership at the meeting will enable it to submit
more complete reply comments.5 ACA states that a grant of the extension will not cause harm to any
interested party.6
3.
We grant the motion for an extension of time. While the Commission does not routinely
grant requests for extensions of time,7 we find that an extension of the reply comment period is warranted
in this instance for the reasons identified by ACA. Given the importance of the issues raised in the Notice
of Proposed Rulemaking
and in the interest of enabling ACA and other interested parties to more fully


1 See Promoting Technological Solutions to Combat Contraband Wireless Device Use in Correctional Facilities, GN
Docket No. 13-111, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 28 FCC Rcd 6603 (2013) (Contraband Wireless Devices
NPRM
).
2 See 78 Fed. Reg. 36469 (June 18, 2013).
3 See American Correctional Association, Motion for Extension of Time to File Reply Comments, GN Docket No.
13-111 (filed July 26, 2013).
4 Id. at 3.
5 Id.
6 Id.
7 47 C.F.R. 1.46.

Federal Communications Commission

DA 13-1681

consider the initial record in this proceeding, we conclude that extension of the reply comment deadline to
August 23, 2013 is warranted. ACA represents individuals, agencies, and organizations involved in the
correctional industry, all of which have a significant interest in this proceeding. This extension will
enable ACA and all other parties sufficient time to prepare reply comments that fully respond to the
complex technical and policy issues raised in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. For detailed filing
instructions, we direct commenters to Part IV.B of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.8
4.
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 0.131, 0.191, 0.331, 0.392, and 1.46 of the
Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. 0.131, 0.191, 0.331, 0.392, and 1.46, the Motion for Extension of Time
filed by ACA

IS GRANTED

, and the deadline to file reply comments in this proceeding is extended to
August 23, 2013.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
David S. Turetsky
Chief, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau
Ruth Milkman
Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau


8 Contraband Wireless Devices NPRM, 28 FCC Rcd at 6636-37, 79.
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