[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 6 (Wednesday, January 9, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 1823]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-00248]



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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

47 CFR Part 79

[MB Docket No. 12-217; DA 12-2081]


Cable Television Technical and Operational Requirements

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of reply comment period.

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SUMMARY: In this document, the Commission extends the deadline for 
filing reply comments on the Commission's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 
(NPRM) in this proceeding, which was published in the Federal Register 
on October 9, 2012 (77 FR 61351). The extension will facilitate the 
development of a full record given the importance of the issues in this 
proceeding.

DATES: The reply comment period for the proposed rule published October 
9, 2012 (77 FR 61351) is extended. Submit reply comments on or before 
January 25, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit reply comments, identified by MB Docket No. 
12-217, by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Federal Communications Commission's Electronic Comment 
Filing System (ECFS) 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. 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 detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional 
information on the rulemaking process, see the SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION section of the NPRM.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Neumann, 
Jeffrey.Neumann@fcc.gov, of the Engineering Division, Media Bureau, 
(202) 418-2046.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is a summary of the Commission's Order 
in MB Docket No. 12-217, DA 12-2081, adopted and released on December 
21, 2012, which extends the reply comment filing deadline established 
in the NPRM published under FCC No. 12-86 at 77 FR 61351, October 9, 
2012. The full text of this document is available for inspection and 
copying during normal business hours in the FCC Reference Center, 445 
12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554. The complete text may 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).

Background

    1. The NPRM in this proceeding 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. We grant NATOA's 
request in part.
    2. As set forth in Section 1.46 of the Commission's Rules, 47 CFR 
1.46(a), of the Commission's Rules, 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.

Ordering Clauses

    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 to File Reply Comments filed by NATOA is granted in 
part, and the deadline to file reply comments in this proceeding is 
extended to January 25, 2013.

Federal Communications Commission.
William T. Lake,
Chief, Media Bureau.
[FR Doc. 2013-00248 Filed 1-8-13; 8:45 am]
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