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Released: July 11, 2014
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Federal Communications Commission

DA 14-987

Before the

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, DC 20554

In the Matter of

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Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees

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MD Docket No. 14-92

for Fiscal Year 2014

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Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for

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MD Docket No. 13-140

Fiscal Year 2013

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Procedures for Assessment and Collection of

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MD Docket No. 12-201

Regulatory Fees

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ORDER

Extended Reply Comment Date: July 21, 2014

Adopted: July 11, 2014

Released: July 11, 2014

By the Deputy Managing Director:

1.

On June 13, 2014, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and

Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Notice) seeking comment on proposed regulatory fees

for fiscal year 2014.1 The Commission set deadlines for filing comments and reply comments of July 7,

2014 and July 14, 2014, respectively.

2.

On July 9, 2014, the American Cable Association (ACA) filed a request to extend the

reply comment deadline until July 21, 2014.2 ACA states that an extension of time is warranted in order

to allow parties to develop the record in response to other comments filed in this proceeding.3 ACA

observes that numerous parties have filed comments in this proceeding and an extension of time will

allow the Commission to develop a more complete record.4

3.

We grant the request for an extension of time. As set forth in section 1.46 of the

Commission’s rules,5 the Commission’s policy is that extensions of time for filing comments in

1 Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2014, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Second

Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Order, MD Docket Nos. 14-92, 13-140, and 12-201, FCC 14-88 (rel.

June 13, 2014) (Notice).

2 See American Cable Association, Motion for Extension of Time to File Reply Comments, MD Docket Nos. 14-92,

13-140, and 12-201 (filed July 9, 2014) (ACA Motion for Extension of Time). Technically the motion was not

timely filed under 47 C.F.R. 1.46(b) because it was filed fewer than the seven days in advance of the deadline for

reply comments. We find, however, that an extension of time is warranted for the reasons stated above and that for

the same reasons there is good cause to waive the seven-day filing rule. Therefore we accept and act upon the ACA

Motion for Extension of Time.

3 ACA Motion for Extension of Time at 1-2.

4 Id.

5 47 C.F.R. § 1.46.

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Federal Communications Commission

DA 14-987

rulemaking proceedings shall not be routinely granted. In this case, however, an extension of time for the

reply comment period is warranted for the reasons identified by ACA. Specifically, we find that an

extension of the reply comment deadline to July 21, 2014 is warranted to provide commenters with

sufficient time to prepare reply comments that fully respond to the issues raised in the Notice and to

comments filed thereto.

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 0.11, 0.231, and 1.46 of the Commission’s rules,

47 C.F.R. §§ 0.11, 0.231, and 1.46, there is good cause to accept the late-filed Motion for Extension of

Time to File Reply Comments filed by the American Cable Association, this Motion IS GRANTED, and

the deadline to filed reply comments in this proceeding is extended to July 21, 2014.

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

Dana R. Shaffer

Deputy Managing Director

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