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Released: July 12, 2013


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Federal Communications Commission

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DA 13-1560

Released: July 12, 2013


GN Docket No. 13-86

Reply Comment Date: August 2, 2013

On April 1, 2013, the Enforcement Bureau and the Office of General Counsel released a
Public Notice seeking comment on whether the full Commission should make changes to its
current broadcast indecency policies or maintain them as they are.1 On May 11, 2013, the
Enforcement Bureau and the Office of General Counsel released a second Public Notice that
extended the deadlines for filing comments to June 19, 2013, and reply comments to July 18,
On July 1, 2013, College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) filed a request to extend the deadline
for filing reply comments by 15 days to August 2, 2013.3 To support its request for more time,
CBI cited the substantial number of comments filed in the proceeding, the scope and complexity
of the Notice, and its own limited budgets and staffing constraints during the summer portion of
the academic year.4

1 See FCC Reduces Backlog of Broadcast Indecency Complaints by 70% (More than One Million Complaints);
Seeks Comment on Adopting Egregious Cases Policy
, Public Notice, 28 FCC Rcd 4082 (Enf. Bur. and OGC 2013)
(Notice). The Notice was published in the Federal Register on April 19, 2013, thereby establishing May 20, 2013, as
the deadline for filing comments, and June 18, 2013, as the deadline for filing reply comments. 78 Fed. Reg. 23,563
(Apr. 19, 2013).
2 See FCC Extends Pleading Cycle For Indecency Cases Policy, Public Notice, 28 FCC Rcd 6566 (Enf. Bur. and
OGC 2013) (Second Notice). The Second Notice was published in the Federal Register on June 6, 2013. 78 Fed.
Reg. 34,099 (June 6, 2013).
3 CBI, Motion for Extension of Time (July 1, 2013) (on file in GN Dkt. No. 13-86).
4 See id. at 12.

By this Public Notice, we grant CBI's request for additional time. We recognize the
importance of affording all interested parties sufficient time to review the comments in the
Docket and to prepare their reply comments. We also respect the interest of the public in having
sufficient time for review and consideration of the various positions and concerns.

All comments should refer to GN Docket No. 13-86.

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. Comments can be filed through the
Commission's ECFS filing interface located at the following Internet address: Generally, only one copy of an electronic submission must be
filed. In completing the transmittal screen, commenters should include their full name, U.S.
Postal Service mailing address, and the applicable docket or rulemaking number, in this case GN
Docket No. 13-86. Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and two copies of
each filing.
For paper copies, 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.
All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission's
Secretary must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW, Room TW-
A325, Washington, DC 20554. The filing hours 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
U.S. Postal Service first-class mail, Express Mail, and Priority Mail should be
addressed to 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554.
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 and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530, (202) 418-0432
This matter shall be treated as a "permit-but-disclose" proceeding in accordance with the
Commission's ex parte rules.5 Persons making oral ex parte presentations are reminded that
memoranda summarizing the presentations must contain summaries of the substance of the
presentations and not merely a listing of the subjects discussed. More than a one- or two-
sentence description of the views and arguments presented generally is required.6 Other rules

5 See 47 C.F.R. 1.1200, 1.1206.
6 See 47 C.F.R. 1.1206(b).

pertaining to oral and written ex parte presentations in permit-but-disclose proceedings are set
forth in Section 1.1206(b) of the Commission's rules.7
For further information about this Public Notice, please contact Eloise Gore, Associate
Bureau Chief, Enforcement Bureau, at (202) 418-1066, or Jacob Lewis, Associate General
Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, at (202) 418-1767.
Please direct press inquiries to Mark Wigfield at (202) 418-0253.
By the Acting Chief, Enforcement Bureau and the General Counsel.
- FCC -

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