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Electronic Filing of Section 208 and Section 224 Formal Complaints

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Released: June 1, 2011


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DA 11-967
Adopted: May 27, 2011
Released: May 31, 2011


On February 4, 2011, the Commission released a Report and Order revising Part 1 and Part 0 of
its rules.1 Among those revisions are new regulations requiring the docketing and electronic filing of all
newly filed section 208 formal complaints and newly filed section 224 pole attachment complaints.2
During the transition to a comprehensive docketing regime, the Part 1 Order permits Bureaus not to
assign a formal docket number to certain proceedings if, in the considered judgment of staff, it would not
be in the public interest to do so.3 Similarly, the Part 1 Order states that, during the transition to a
comprehensive electronic filing regime, Bureaus may permit paper filings, if doing so would be in the
public interest.4
In accordance with the Part 1 Order, the Enforcement Bureau will be migrating newly filed
section 208 formal complaints and newly filed section 224 pole attachment complaints to a formal
docketing system and will be utilizing the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System ("ECFS") in
connection with those complaints. However, prior to doing so, the Commission's formal complaint rules5
and pole attachment rules6 must be modified in certain respects to facilitate the docketing and electronic
filing changes. Accordingly, until such time as the revised complaint filing rules are adopted and
effective, the Enforcement Bureau deems it to be in the public interest to defer the implementation of the
docketing and electronic filing requirements for newly filed section 208 formal complaints and section
224 pole attachment complaints.7
For further information, contact the Enforcement Bureau at 202-418-7330.

1 Amendment of Certain of the Commission's Part 1 Rules of Practice and Procedure and Part 0 Rules of
Commission Organization
, FCC 11-16, Report and Order, 26 FCC Rcd 1594 (2011) ("Part 1 Order").
2 Id. at 10, 15.
3 Id. at 10.
4 Id. at 15.
5 47 C.F.R. 1.720-1.736.
6 47 C.F.R. 1.1401-1.1418.
7 Note that these new rules do not affect existing section 208 formal complaints or existing section 224 pole
attachment complaints. They also do not concern carrier-to-carrier informal complaints. See Id. at Appendix A,
(listing new rule 1.49(f)(1)(i) that requires "[f]ormal complaint proceedings under Section 208 . . . " to be filed
electronically and excluding informal complaints from that rule).

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