On October 17, 2013, the Commission released a Public Notice announcing that all ULS applications and notifications filed in accordance with the Commission’s rules (e.g., sections 1.913, 1.946) that were originally due on October 1, 2013 through and including November 4, 2013 are now due on November 4, 2013. To file an application subject to the revised filing deadlines, you must answer the Waiver question on the applicable Universal Licensing System (ULS) form Yes and include an attachment indicating that the filing is subject to these revised filing deadlines. To attach the document, select the Attachment Type called “Revised Filing Deadline” in lieu of a waiver attachment and enter “Revised Filing Deadline Attachment” in the File Description field on the attachment screen in ULS. Filings submitted manually should include an attachment indicating that the filing is subject to these revised filing deadlines and the following statement at the top of the attachment: “Revised Filing Deadline Attachment.” ULS is currently available and we encourage applicants and licensees to file any applications and notifications as soon as practicable.
Note: Following this process will also allow you to submit a filing without paying waiver fees if filings are submitted pursuant to the revised deadline guidance. Normal application fees still apply.
Requesting a Refund in the Event that Unnecessary Fees are Paid
We realize that some parties may not be aware of these temporary filing procedures when submitting filings and therefore may be charged unnecessary waiver fees. You may request a refund of certain fees paid for a waiver pursuant to section 1.1113 of the Commission’s rules if the fee for a waiver was unnecessarily paid because it was not required. In the event that parties submitted an application and unnecessarily paid the fee because the filing is in connection with the recent government-wide lapse in funding, a request for refund of the fee for the waiver may be submitted to: Federal Communications Commission, 1270 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325, Attention: Fee Refund.
The request should include at the top of the first page a statement that reads (as applicable): “Application Waiver Fee Refund Request –Government-Wide Lapse in Funding” and a justification for the requested fee refund. The justification must indicate that the filing is subject to these revised filing deadlines, and that the application was submitted within the extension period. These requests will be processed on an expedited basis. Failure to comply with this guidance and to provide the required information will delay the processing of any request for refund.