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Released: December 21, 2012

Federal Communications Commission

DA 12-2081

Before the

Federal Communications Commission


In the Matter of

Cable Television Technical and Operational
MB Docket No. 12-217


Extended Reply Comment Date:

January 25, 2013

Adopted: December 21, 2012

Released: December 21, 2012

By the Chief, Media Bureau:
1. On October 9, 2012, the Federal Register published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”)
in the above-captioned proceeding.1 That NPRM established a comment deadline of December 8, 2012, and a
reply comment deadline of January 7, 2013. On December 21, 2012, the National Association of
Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (“NATOA”) requested that the reply comment deadline be
extended by five weeks, to allow for additional time to compile records in response to assertions made by other
commenters, and to permit time for discussions with other commenters regarding differences in the positions
taken in their comments.2 We grant NATOA’s request in part.
2. As set forth in Section 1.46(a) of the Commission’s Rules,3 the Commission’s policy is that
extensions of time shall not be routinely granted. Given the importance of the issues in this proceeding, and in
the interest of encouraging thoughtful consideration of these issues, however, we believe that granting in part
NATOA’s request is necessary to facilitate the development of a full record. However, we feel that five weeks
is unnecessarily long to accomplish these goals and note that parties may avail themselves of the ex parte
process after the submission of their reply comments if necessary. Therefore, we grant an extension of 18
days, until January 25, 2013 for file reply comments.
3. Accordingly,


that, pursuant to Section 4(i) of the Communications Act of
1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. § 154(i), and Sections 0.61, 0.283, and 1.46 of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R.
§§ 0.61, 0.283, and 1.46, the Motion for Extension of Time filed by NATOA


, and
the deadline to file reply comments in this proceeding is extended to January 25, 2013.
William T. Lake
Chief, Media Bureau

1 Cable Technical and Operational Requirements, MB Docket No. 12-217, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC
12-86, 77 FR 61351 (Oct. 9, 2012).
2 Motion for Extension of Time to File Reply Comments of the National Association of Telecommunications
Officers and Advisors (filed Dec. 21, 2012).
3 47 C.F.R. § 1.46.

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