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Released: August 26, 2011


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DA 11-1455
August 26, 2011





WT Docket No. 08-61

WT Docket No. 03-187

Public Meeting Date: September 20, 2011
Comment Date: October 3, 2011

To comply with its obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Federal
Communications Commission is conducting a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) of its
Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) program. The purpose of the PEA is to evaluate the potential
environmental effects of the Commission’s ASR program. Today, the Wireless Telecommunications
Bureau is releasing the attached Draft PEA on the ASR program, and invites comment on the Draft PEA.
Under the ASR program, owners of antenna structures that are taller than 200 feet above ground
level or that may interfere with the flight path of a nearby airport must register those structures with the
FCC. The antenna structure owner must obtain painting and lighting specifications from the Federal
Aviation Administration and include those specifications in its registration prior to construction. The
ASR program allows the FCC to fulfill its statutory responsibility to require painting and lighting of
antenna structures that may pose a hazard to air navigation.
The FCC has established a website,, which contains information and
downloadable documents relating to the PEA process, including the Draft PEA. The website also allows
individuals to contact the Commission.
On September 20, 2011, from 2:30pm until 5:00pm, Eastern Time, the FCC will hold a meeting
for the public to provide input on the Draft PEA. The meeting will take place at the Federal
Communications Commission’s Meeting Room, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC. The meeting will
be open to the public; however, admittance will be limited to the seating available. Comment forms will
be available, and may either be completed at the meeting, submitted through the PEA website, or mailed.
Formal verbal comments will also be transcribed for public record by a stenographer at the meeting.
Audio/video coverage of this meeting will be broadcast live with open captioning over the
Internet from the FCC's web page at The FCC’s webcast is free to the public. Those
who watch the live video stream of the event may email event-related questions to Depending on the volume of questions and time constraints, FCC
representatives will respond to as many questions as possible during the workshop.

Individuals requiring special assistance during the meeting should submit a request through the
PEA website no later than two business days prior to the meeting.
In addition to the public meeting, the Commission invites written comments on the Draft PEA.
Interested parties may file comments no later than October 3, 2011. Comments may be filed: (1)
electronically, (2) in person at the public meeting, or (3) through the use of paper copies.
Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the the
Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (“ECFS”):,
through a link on the PEA website,, or via the Federal eRulemaking
Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and four copies of each
filing. If more than one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding,
filers must submit two additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number.
Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by
first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. All filings must be addressed to the
Commission’s Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.
o 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. All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber
bands or fasteners. Any envelopes must be disposed of before entering the building.
The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
o 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 20743.
o U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445
12th Street, SW, Washington DC 20554.
Availability of Documents. Comments and ex parte submissions will be available for public
inspection during regular business hours in the FCC Reference Center, Federal Communications
Commission, 445 12th Street, S.W., CY-A257, Washington, D.C., 20554. These documents will also be
available via ECFS. Documents will be available electronically in ASCII, Microsoft Word, and/or Adobe
Accessibility Information. To request information in accessible formats (computer diskettes,
large print, audio recording, and Braille), send an e-mail to or call the FCC’s Consumer
and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY). This document can
also be downloaded in Word and Portable Document Format (PDF) at:
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau contact: Aaron Goldschmidt at (202) 418-7146 or by e-mail:
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