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Temporary Prohibition on Ex Partes in Certain Wireless Proceedings

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Released: December 12, 2012

PUBLIC NOTICE
Federal Communications Commission

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DA 12-2015
Released: December 12, 2012

WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY PROHIBITION ON

EX PARTE COMMUNICATIONS IN CERTAIN PROCEEDINGS

WT Docket No. 12-70; ET Docket No. 10-142; WT Docket No. 04-356
WT Docket No. 12-357
On December 11, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) adopted a Report and Order
and Order of Proposed Modification
in WT Docket No. 12-70, ET Docket No. 10-142, and WT Docket No. 04-
356 and a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in WT Docket No. 12-357.1 Commission staff is in the process of
finalizing both documents, under ordinary editorial privileges, for public release.
By this Public Notice the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau hereby temporarily suspends the ex parte
procedures in the above captioned proceedings to prohibit all ex parte communications until the Report and Order
and Order of Proposed Modification
and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking have been publicly released. While we
ordinarily do not prohibit ex parte communications for Commission items adopted on circulation, we believe this
prohibition serves the public interest. Specifically, we believe that any further ex parte communications made
prior to the public release of both items will likely be unnecessary given that the Commission has already adopted
the items. Additionally, we believe that any ex parte communications prior to the public release of the items will
likely be made on public speculation regarding the contents of the documents, and could therefore inject
confusion or incorrect information into the records for each item. We take this action pursuant to our authority
under Section 1.1200 of the Commission’s rules.2
For further information, contact Brian Regan, Legal Advisor, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at (202) 418-
2849, or via email to Brian.Regan@fcc.gov.
By the Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.

1 Service Rules for Advanced Wireless Services in the 2000-2020 MHz and 2180-2200 MHz Bands; Fixed and Mobile
Services in the Mobile Satellite Service Bands at 1525-1559 MHz and 1626.5-1660.5 MHz, 1610-1626.5 MHz and 2483.5-
2500 MHz, and 2000-2020 MHz and 2180-2200 MHz; Service Rules for Advanced Wireless Services in the 1915-1920
MHz, 1995-2000 MHz, 2020-2025 MHz and 2175-2180 MHz Bands; WT Docket No. 12-70; ET Docket No. 10-142; WT
Docket No. 04-356; FCC 12-151; Report and Order and Order of Proposed Modification, __ FCC Rcd __ (adopted Dec.
11, 2012); Service Rules for the Advanced Wireless Services H Block—Implementing Section 6401 of the Middle Class
Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 Related to the 1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000 MHz Bands; WT Docket No. 12-
357; FCC 12-152, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, __ FCC Rcd __ (adopted Dec. 11, 2012).
2 47 C.F.R. § 1.1200 (“Where the public interest so requires in a particular proceeding, the Commission and its staff retain
the discretion to modify the applicable ex parte rules by order, letter, or public notice.”).

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