Federal Communications Commission
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Released: December 30, 2011
MEDIA BUREAU ANNOUNCES COMMENCEMENT OF MANDATORY ELECTRONIC
FILING FOR CABLE SPECIAL RELIEF PETITIONS AND CABLE SHOW CAUSE
PETITIONS VIA THE ELECTRONIC COMMENT FILING SYSTEM
Effective January 3, 2012, the Commission will no longer accept and consider new Cable Special
Relief (CSR) and Cable Show Cause (CSC) petitions filed on paper. As of that date, such petitions must
be submitted electronically, utilizing the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).1
This change in filing procedures is made pursuant to Section 1.49(f) of the Commission’s Rules, as
recently amended in the Commission’s Report and Order released on February 4, 2011.2 Therein, the
Commission revised portions of its Part 1 practice and procedural rules and its Part 0 organizational rules
to increase the efficiency of Commission decision-making and modernize the agency’s processes in the
digital age.3 The Commission implemented the requirement by Public Notice on November 22, 2011.4
Electronic filing of new CSR and CSC petitions is mandatory. Should the Commission receive
such a petition on paper, we will return it to the filer with instructions on how to file it electronically.
Waivers of this requirement will not be considered unless the filer demonstrates that the filing cannot be
How to File
The Media Bureau has opened
MB Docket No. 12-1 (“Cable Special Relief and Cable Show
Cause Petitions for 2012”)
for electronic filing of CSR and CSC petitions. MB Docket No. 12-1 will
serve as a holding area for all such petitions until they have been reviewed and placed on public notice by
the Media Bureau. Upon review and acceptance of each petition, the Media Bureau will assign either a
CSR or CSC number to the petition. It will then assign a new docket number to each petition and issue a
Special Relief and Show Cause Petition Public Notice containing the filing information and guidelines.
Anyone may search for petitions electronically filed via ECFS by using MB Docket No. 12-1 in
the proceeding number field. Once the Media Bureau has issued a Special Relief and Show Cause
Petition Public Notice, you can find the petition at issue by using the newly assigned docket number or
1 The revised procedures announced herein pertain only to the filing of CSR and CSC petitions. The documentation
required for the electronic filing of CSR and CSC petitions is the same as that currently required for their filing on
2 Amendment of Certain of the Commission’s Part 1 Rules of Practice and Procedure and Part 0 Rules of
, Report and Order, 26 FCC Rcd 1594 (2011).
at 1594-95, para. 1.
4 76 Fed. Reg.. 77,533 (Dec. 13, 2011).
the CSR or CSC number. Enter the CSR or CSC number into the Bureau Identification Number field in
Persons filing petitions via ECFS should be sure to record the confirmation number generated by
ECFS at the time the petition is filed for use, in case issues arise concerning the status of the filing. If you
do not receive a confirmation number, the petition was not successfully filed and you should contact the
ECFS customer support staff at 202-418-0193 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pursuant to Section 76.7 of the Commission’s Rules, you should include the following
documentation in filing any CSR petition. The documentation required for the electronic filing of CSRs
and CSCs is the same as currently required for paper filings; the substance has not changed, only the
o “Requests should set forth clearly and concisely the facts relied upon, the relief sought,
the statutory and/or regulatory provisions (if any) pursuant to which the request is filed
and under which relief is sought, and the interest of the person submitting the request.”
47 C.F.R. §1.41
o Statement of relief requested. 47 C.F.R. §76.7(a)(4).
o Information required by the relevant rule section under which a complaint or request for
exemption is being filed. 47 C.F.R. §76.7(a)(2).
o All documentation necessary to support the request. 47 C.F.R. §76.7(a)(4).
o Certificate of service. 47 C.F.R. §76.7(a)(3).
o Payment verification of the filing fee required in Section 1.1104(9)(g) of the Rules. 47
C.F.R. §76.1104(9)(g). This will be an FCC Form 159 or the confirmation documents
from Fee Filer (http://transition.fcc.gov/fees/feefiler.html
o When requesting that filings be withheld from public inspection pursuant to Section
0.459 of the Commission’s Rules, a redacted copy of the filing should be submitted in
ECFS together with a non-redacted paper filing together with the statement justifying the
request as required by Section 0.459(b) of the Rules. 47 C.F.R. §0.459.
Please note that documents related to CSRs and CSCs that are currently under review by the
Media Bureau will continue to be filed manually in accordance with the previous filing requirements,
including the number of copies. These documents, as previously, must be sent to the Commission’s
Office of the Secretary. Mandatory electronic filing applies to new CSR and CSC petition filings
beginning in January 2012. Additionally, this process does not apply to Open Video Service (OVS)
certifications, FCC Form 1275, filed pursuant to Section 76.1502 of the Commission’s rules.
An FAQ and instructions for filing are available on the Media Bureau website and you may
for specific filer inquiries.
For assistance using ECFS contact ECFS help at 202-418-0193 or email@example.com
For further information contact Claudia Tillery at 202-418-1056.
By the Chief, Media Bureau.
– FCC –
5 Fee Filer provides an electronic mechanism for automatic payment of fees, an FCC Registration Number
(FRN) and password is required to use this system.