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Released: January 25, 2013


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January 25, 2013





RM No. 11688

Comment Date: February 25, 2013
Reply Date: March 12, 2013

Pursuant to Section 1.403 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 1.403, the Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau hereby seeks comment on the Petition for Expedited Rulemaking
(“Petition”) filed by CTIA—THE WIRELESS ASSOCIATION (“CTIA”) on December 21, 2012.1
In its Petition, CTIA requests that the Commission initiate an expedited rulemaking to add an
exception from the public notice requirements set forth in Section 17.4(c)(3)-(4) of the Commission’s
rules for temporary towers that: (1) will be in use for 60 days or less; (2) require the filing of a Form
7460-1 with the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”); (3) do not require marking or lighting
pursuant to FAA regulations; and (4) will be less than 200 feet in height. CTIA also requests a blanket
waiver under Sections 1.3 and 1.925 of the Commission’s rules under which towers that fall under the
foregoing criteria would be exempt from the Antenna Structure Registration public notice requirements
during the pendency of any rulemaking initiated pursuant to its Petition. CTIA states that although the
Commission has provided for waivers of notice in emergency situations,2 many non-emergency situations
arise in which carriers need temporary towers to address short-term capacity constraints but have
insufficient advance notice to complete the public notice process. We seek comment on CTIA’s Petition.
Interested parties may file comments on or before February 25, 2013, and reply comments on or
before March 12, 2013. All filings should refer to

RM No. 11688

. Comments may be filed using: (1)
the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), (2) the Federal Government’s
eRulemaking Portal, or (3) by filing paper copies. See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking
Proceedings, 63 FR 24121 (1998).

1 In the Matter of Amendment of Parts 1 and 17 of the Commission’s Rules Regarding Public Notice
Procedures for Processing Antenna Structure Registration Applications for Certain Temporary Towers,
filed December 21, 2012 (“Petition”).
2 See National Environmental Policy Act Compliance for Proposed Tower Registrations, WT Docket No.
08-61, Order on Remand, 26 FCC Rcd 16700, 16717 n. 117 (2011).

Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the
ECFS: or the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Filers should follow the instructions provided on the website for
submitting comments.

For ECFS filers, if multiple docket or rulemaking numbers appear in the caption of this
proceeding, filers must transmit one electronic copy of the comments for each docket or
rulemaking number referenced in the caption. In completing the transmittal screen, filers
should include their full name, U.S. Postal Service mailing address, and the applicable
docket or rulemaking number. Parties may also submit an electronic comment by
Internet e-mail. To get filing instructions, filers should send an e-mail to,
and include the following words in the body of the message, “get form.” A sample form
and directions will be sent in response.

Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and four copies of each
filing. If more than one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding,
filers must submit two additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number.
Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-
class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail (although we continue to experience delays in
receiving U.S. Postal Service mail). All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary,
Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.

The Commission’s contractor will receive hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper
filings for the Commission’s Secretary at 236 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Suite 110,
Washington, D.C. 20002. The filing hours at this location are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All
hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes
must be disposed of before entering the building.

Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority
Mail) must be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.

U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail should be addressed to 445 12th
Street, S.W., Washington D.C. 20554.
All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary, Marlene H. Dortch, Office of the
Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554.
Parties should also send a copy of their filings to Mania K. Baghdadi, Spectrum and Competition Policy
Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, Room 6123, 445
12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554, or by e-mail to Parties must also
serve one copy with the Commission’s copy contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc. (BCPI), Portals II,
445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington, D.C. 20554, (202) 488-5300, or via e-mail to
Documents in

RM No. 11688

are available for public inspection and copying during business
hours at the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-A257,
Washington, D.C. 20554. The documents may also be purchased from BCPI, telephone (202) 488-5300,
facsimile (202) 488-5563, TTY (202) 488-5562, e-mail

People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities
(Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418- 0432 (TTY).
This proceeding shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in accordance with the
Commission's ex parte rules.3 Persons making ex parte presentations must file a copy of any written
presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two business days after the
presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies). Persons making oral
ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentation must (1) list all
persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte presentation was made,
and (2) summarize all data presented and arguments made during the presentation. If the presentation
consisted in whole or in part of the presentation of data or arguments already reflected in the presenter's
written comments, memoranda or other filings in the proceeding, the presenter may provide citations to
such data or arguments in his or her prior comments, memoranda, or other filings (specifying the relevant
page and/or paragraph numbers where such data or arguments can be found) in lieu of summarizing them
in the memorandum. Documents shown or given to Commission staff during ex parte meetings are
deemed to be written ex parte presentations and must be filed consistent with rule 1.1206(b). In
proceedings governed by rule 1.49(f) or for which the Commission has made available a method of
electronic filing, written ex parte presentations and memoranda summarizing oral ex parte presentations,
and all attachments thereto, must be filed through the electronic comment filing system available for that
proceeding, and must be filed in their native format (e.g., .doc, .xml, .ppt, searchable .pdf). Participants in
this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission's ex parte rules.
For further information regarding this proceeding, contact Mania K. Baghdadi, Spectrum and
Competition Policy Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at or (202)
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3 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.

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