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Implementation of Electronic Filing of Cable Special Relief Petitions

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Released: November 22, 2011


Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.


Washington, D.C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

DA 11- 1930

Released: November 22, 2011





Effective January 3, 2012, the Commission will no longer accept and consider 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

How to File

To allow parties to transition to these new procedures, effective December 1, 2011, voluntary
electronic filing of CSR and CSC petitions will be permitted through January 3, 2012, when electronic
filing will become mandatory. The Media Bureau has opened

Docket No. 11-187 (“Cable Special Relief
and Cable Show Cause Petitions for 2011”)

to facilitate the voluntary electronic filing of CSR and CSC
petitions during this transition period. Docket No. 11-187 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. A new holding area docket
for 2012 will be opened and announced by Public Notice issued on or before January 3, 2012.
Petitions electronically filed during this transition period can be searched for via ECFS by using
Docket No. 11-187 in the proceeding number field. Once the Media Bureau has issued a Special Relief
and Show Cause Petition Public Notice, the petition at issue will be able to be found using the newly
assigned docket number and/or the CSR or CSC number. The CSR or CSC number should be entered

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
Commission Organization
, Report and Order, 26 FCC Rcd 1594 (2011).
3 Id. at 1594-95, para. 1.

into the Bureau Identification Number field in ECFS. All 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 a filer does not receive a confirmation number, the
petition was not successfully filed and they should contact the ECFS customer support staff for

Demonstration of New Filing Procedures

On November 29, 2011, the Commission will hold a brown bag luncheon to demonstrate these new
filing procedures at its Headquarters, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20554, in the second floor
South Conference Room (2-B516). Parties interested in attending should contact Dorothy Stifflemire at
202-418-7349, or via e-mail at Remote attendance will also be available
via the Commission’s website. To register and join the online event:
1. Go to
2. The

Event Information


Electronic Filing of Cable Special Relief Petitions

appears; click


3. At the



Electronic Filing of Cable Special Relief Petitions

event page, provide the
required information and click


4. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation e-mail message containing instructions for
joining the event, the password and the link for the meeting.
5. Information for joining the audio portion of the meeting will appear as a popup when you join the
meeting. If it does not appear, you may use the following to join the audio portion of the
Call-in number : 1-888-858-2144
Access code : 8672480
Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities will be available upon request. The
request should include a detailed description of the accommodation needed and contact information.
Please provide as much advance notice as possible; last minute requests will be accepted, but may be
impossible to fill. Send an e-mail to or call the Consumer and Governmental Affairs
Bureau, at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY).
The Media Bureau will also post on its website detailed instructions for these new procedures,
and has created a e-mail address for specific filer inquiries.
For assistance using ECFS, contact ECFS help at 202-418-0193 or
For further information, contact Pam Pusey at 202-418-1067 or Claudia Tillery of the Media
Bureau at 202-418-1056.
By the Chief, Media Bureau, and the Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
– FCC –

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