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Released: December 7, 2012

Federal Communications Commission

DA 12-1985

Before the

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of
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Accessible Emergency Information, and Apparatus
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Requirements for Emergency Information and
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MB Docket No. 12-107
Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty-
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First Century Communications and Video
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Accessibility Act of 2010
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ORDER

Extended Reply Comment Date: January 7, 2013

Adopted: December 7, 2012

Released: December 7, 2012

By the Chief, Media Bureau:
1.
On November 19, 2012, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
(“NPRM”) in the above-captioned proceeding.1 The NPRM set deadlines for filing comments and reply
comments at 20 and 30 days, respectively, after publication of the NPRM in the Federal Register.2 A
summary of the NPRM was published in the Federal Register on November 28, 2012.3 Accordingly, the
filing dates were established as December 18, 2012 for comments and December 28, 2012 for reply
comments. On December 6, 2012, the Consumer Electronics Association (“CEA”), the National
Association of Broadcasters (“NAB”), and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association
(“NCTA”) filed a joint request to extend the reply comment deadline by ten (10) days.4 CEA, NAB, and
NCTA state that an extension of time is warranted due to the expected volume of comments, discussion,
and data on the complex issues raised in this proceeding, as well as the groundbreaking nature of those
issues.5 We grant the requested extension.
2.
As set forth in Section 1.46 of the Commission’s rules,6 the Commission’s policy is that
extensions of time for filing comments in rulemaking proceedings shall not be routinely granted. Given
the importance of the issues in this proceeding and in the interest of encouraging thoughtful consideration
of these issues, however, we believe that granting the joint request is warranted to provide commenters
with sufficient time to prepare reply comments in response to the NPRM and to facilitate the development
of a more complete record.


1 See Accessible Emergency Information, and Apparatus Requirements for Emergency Information and Video
Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010
, MB
Docket No. 12-107, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 12-142 (rel. Nov. 19, 2012).
2 Id. at 1.
3 See Accessible Emergency Information, and Apparatus Requirements for Emergency Information and Video
Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010
, 77
Fed. Reg. 70970 (Nov. 28, 2012).
4 CEA, NAB & NCTA, Joint Motion for Extension of Time, MB Docket No. 12-107 (filed Dec. 6, 2012).
5 See id. at 2.
6 47 C.F.R. § 1.46.

Federal Communications Commission

DA 12-1985

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 0.61, 0.283, and 1.46 of the Commission’s rules,
47 C.F.R. §§ 0.61, 0.283, and 1.46, the Joint Motion for Extension of Time filed by CEA, NAB, and
NCTA

IS GRANTED

, and the deadline to file reply comments in this proceeding is extended to January
7, 2013.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
William T. Lake
Chief, Media Bureau
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