[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 234 (Wednesday, December 5, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 72295-72296]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-29426]


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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

47 CFR Part 76

[MB Docket No. 12-68; DA 12-1871]


Revision of the Commission's Program Access Rules

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment and reply comment period.

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SUMMARY: The Media Bureau extends the deadline for filing comments and 
reply comments on the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``FNPRM'') 
in this proceeding which was published in the Federal Register on 
October 31, 2012. The extension will provide commenters with sufficient 
time to prepare comments and reply comments in response to the FNPRM.

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DATES: The comment and reply comment period for the proposed rule 
published October 31, 2012 (77 FR 66052) is extended. Submit comments 
on or before December 14, 2012 and reply comments on or before January 
14, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by MB Docket No. 12-68, 
by any of the following methods:
     Federal Communications Commission's Web site: http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: 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 the Commission continues 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.
     People with Disabilities: Contact the FCC to request 
reasonable accommodations (accessible format documents, sign language 
interpreters, CART, etc.) by email: FCC504@fcc.gov or phone: (202) 418-
0530 or TTY: (202) 418-0432.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information on this 
proceeding, contact David Konczal, David.Konczal@fcc.gov, or Kathy 
Berthot, Kathy.Berthot@fcc.gov, of the Media Bureau, Policy Division, 
(202) 418-2120.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is a summary of the Order in MB Docket 
No. 12-68, DA 12-1871, adopted and released on November 19, 2012, which 
extends the comment and reply comment deadlines established in the 
FNPRM published under FCC No. 12-123 at 77 FR 66052, October 31, 2012. 
The full text of this document is available for public inspection and 
copying during normal business hours in the FCC Reference Center, 
Portals II, 445 12th Street SW., Room CY-A257, Washington, DC 20554. 
The complete text may also be purchased from the Commission's copy 
contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., 445 12th Street SW., Room CY-
B402, Washington, DC 20554. The full text may also be downloaded at: 
http://www.fcc.gov. Alternative formats are available to persons with 
disabilities by sending an email to FCC504@fcc.gov or by calling the 
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), 202-
418-0432 (TTY).

Summary of the Order

    1. On October 5, 2012, the Commission released a Further Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking (``FNPRM'') on revisions to the program access 
rules. The FNPRM set deadlines for filing comments and reply comments 
at 30 and 45 days, respectively, after publication of the FNPRM in the 
Federal Register. A summary of the FNPRM was published in the Federal 
Register on October 31, 2012 (77 FR 66052). Accordingly, the filing 
dates were initially established as November 30, 2012 for comments and 
December 17, 2012 for reply comments.
    2. On November 14, 2012, the National Cable & Telecommunications 
Association (``NCTA'') filed a request to extend the comment and reply 
comment deadlines to December 14, 2012 and January 14, 2013, 
respectively. NCTA states that Hurricane Sandy has disrupted business 
operations along the northeast corridor, thereby hindering the ability 
of some of its members to gather information and prepare comments for 
this proceeding. Accordingly, NCTA requests a two-week extension of the 
comment deadline to December 14, 2012. Because an identical two-week 
extension of the reply comment deadline would require reply comments to 
be filed during the last week of December in the middle of the holiday 
season, NCTA requests a four-week extension of the reply comment 
deadline. We grant the requested extension. As set forth in Section 
1.46 of the Commission's rules, the Commission's policy is that 
extensions of time for filing comments in rulemaking proceedings shall 
not be routinely granted. In this case, however, an extension of the 
comment periods is warranted to provide commenters with sufficient time 
to prepare comments and reply comments in response to the FNPRM.
    3. Accordingly, it is ordered that, pursuant to section 4(i) of the 
Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 154(i), and 
Sec. Sec.  0.61, 0.283, and 1.46 of the Commission's rules, 47 CFR 
0.61, 0.283, and 1.46, the Motion for Extension of Time filed by NCTA 
is granted, and the deadlines to file comments and reply comments in 
this proceeding are extended to December 14, 2012 and January 14, 2013, 
respectively.

Federal Communications Commission.
Steven A. Broeckaert,
Senior Deputy Chief, Policy Division, Media Bureau.
[FR Doc. 2012-29426 Filed 12-4-12; 8:45 am]
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