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Released: December 21, 2012

Federal Communications Commission

DA 12-2083

Before the

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

Case Identifier Nos.
In the Matter of
Closed Captioning of Video Programming
CG Docket No. 06-181


Extended Comment and Opposition Date: January 14, 2013
Extended Reply Comment Date: February 4, 2013

Adopted: December 21, 2012

Released: December 21, 2012

By the Acting Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau:
On November 30, 2012, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (Bureau) of the
Federal Communications Commission (Commission) released a Public Notice in the above-captioned
proceeding.1 The Public Notice sought comment on 12 petitions for exemption from the Commission’s
closed captioning requirements.2 Petitioners claim that compliance would be economically burdensome
pursuant to Section 79.1(f) of the Commission’s rules for the television programs they produce.3
Comments and oppositions are due on December 31, 2012, and reply comments are due on January 22,
2013.4 On December 20, 2012, Consumer Groups filed a joint request to extend the comment deadline
until January 14, 2013.5

1 See Request for Comment, Request for Exemption from Commission’s Closed Captioning Rules, CG Docket No.
06-181, Public Notice, DA 12-1923 (rel. Nov. 30, 2012).
2 The names of the Petitioners are set forth in Appendix A.
3 See 47 C.F.R. §79.1(f)(1).
4 See 47 C.F.R. §79.1(f)(6) (Any interested person may file comments or oppositions to the petition within 30 days
of the public notice of the petition. Within 20 days of the close of the comment period, the petitioner may reply to
any comments or oppositions filed.).
5 Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI), National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Deaf
and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network (DHHCAN), Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA),
California Coalition of Agencies Serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCASDHH), Cerebral Palsy and Deaf
Organization (CPADO), collectively “Consumer Groups,” Motion for Extension of Time, CG Docket No. 06-181
(filed Dec. 20, 2012) (Consumer Groups Motion).

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As set forth in Section 1.46 of the Commission’s rules, extensions of time for filing
comments in rulemaking proceedings shall not be routinely granted.6 Section 79.1(f)(8) of the
Commission’s closed captioning rules allows for the lengthening or shortening of any comment period
upon a showing of good cause.7 Consumer Groups state that their counsel’s offices at the Institute for
Public Representation will be closed from December 24, 2012 until January 1, 2013, which “imposes
serious administrative difficulties on filing and serving hard copies of comments, of which the
Commission does not permit electronic filing in this proceeding.”8 Consumer Groups contend that an
extension of time will permit them to “comprehensively offer the perspective of the deaf and hard of
hearing community on the important issues raised” in these petitions.9
Given the importance of the issues in this proceeding and the Commission’s interest in
encouraging thoughtful consideration of these issues, we believe that granting the joint request is
warranted to provide commenters with sufficient time to prepare comments or oppositions in response to
the Public Notice. Good cause being shown, we grant the requested extension.


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, 1.46, and 79.1(f)(8) of the
Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. §§ 0.61, 0.283, 1.46, and 79.1(f)(8), the Motion for Extension of Time
filed by the Consumer Groups


. Comments and oppositions will now be due on January
14, 2013, and reply comments will be due on February 4, 2013.
Kris Anne Monteith
Acting Chief,
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau

6 47 C.F.R. § 1.46.
7 47 C.F.R. § 79.1(f)(8).
8 Consumer Groups Motion at 2. See 47 C.F.R. § 79.1(f)(7).
9 Consumer Groups Motion at 2.

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List of Petitioners


Case Identifier

Petitioner/Program Name



First Baptist Church of Fort Smith,
PO Box 609
Arkansas / Hope From Above
Fort Smith, AR 72902


Paul Gray / Exploring Alaska
35555 Spur Highway, #232
Soldotna, AK 99669


The Justice Foundation / Faces Of
7210 Louis Pasteur Drive, Suite 200
San Antonio, TX 78229


Five & Dime Productions / You’ve
2405 Porter Street, S.W.
Got To Be Kidding Me, America
Wyoming, MI 49519


Iglesia de Cristo MI-EL Longmont
1602 9th Avenue
Longmont, CO 80501


C & G Productions, LLC. / DC
936 North Kenmore Street
Arlington, VA 22201


Sheffield Entertainment Television
1800 Eastwood Road #130
/ Gracie’s Friends
Wilmington, NC 28403


Watch Fatboy Films / Industry
817 Henry Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704


Leon Charney Media Foundation
1441 Broadway, 31F
Inc. / Leon Charney Report
New York, NY 10016


Springfield Community Church /
615 Transmitter Road
Living Word of Faith
Panama City, FL 32401


Sharing Faith Ministries / Your
PO Box 714
Sunday Worship
Walled Lake, MI 48390


Ocala First United Methodist
40 South East 11th Avenue
Church / Sunday Morning Service
Ocala, FL 34471

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