[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 151 (Wednesday, August 6, 2014)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 45752-45753]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-18612]



47 CFR Parts 1, 2, 90, 95, and 96

[GN Docket No. 12-354; FCC 14-49; DA 14-1071]

Commission Seeks Comment on Shared Commercial Operations in the 
3550-3650 MHz Band; Extension of Reply Comment Period

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of reply comment period.


SUMMARY: In this document the Federal Communications Commission extends 
the deadline for filing reply comments on its Further Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) in this proceeding, which was previously 
published in the Federal Register.

DATES: Submit reply comments on or before August 15, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by GN Docket No. 12-354 
or FCC 14-49, by any of the following methods:
    [ssquf] Federal Communications Commission's Web site: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/. Follow the instructions for submitting 
    [ssquf] Mail: 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. 
The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries must be 
held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes and boxes 
must be disposed of before entering the building. 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. 
U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be 
addressed to 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554.
    [ssquf] 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: Paul Powell, Attorney Advisor, 

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Bureau's Mobility Division, at (202) 418-1613 or email at 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is a summary of the Wireless 
Telecommunications Bureau's document in GN Docket No. 12-354, DA 14-
1071, adopted and released July 28, 2014, which extends the reply 
comment filing deadline established in the FNPRM published under FCC 
No. 14-49 at 79 FR 31247, June 2, 2014. 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, (202) 488-5300, facsimile (202) 488-5563, 
or via email at fcc@bcpiweb.com. The full text may also be downloaded 
at: 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).


    We extend the deadline for filing reply comments in response to the 
Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) to allow parties to more 
thoroughly address the complex technical, legal, and policy issues 
raised in the FNPRM and in the record. Interested parties will now have 
until August 15, 2014 to file reply comments.
    On July 23, 2014, the Satellite Industry Association (SIA) filed a 
motion to extend the reply comment deadline for the FNPRM from August 1 
until August 15, 2014. SIA asserts that additional time is needed to 
respond to significant technical issues raised in the extensive record. 
In addition, SIA notes that, during the scheduled reply comment period, 
many of the technical personnel responsible for analyzing issues raised 
in the FNPRM on behalf of SIA member companies will be unavailable. 
These personnel will be attending meetings of the ITU Joint Task 
Working Groups preparing for WRC-15.
    On July 24, 2014, the Public Interest Spectrum Coalition, Utilities 
Telecom Council, and Wireless Internet Service Providers Association 
(Petitioners) filed a joint request (Joint Extension Request) to extend 
the reply comment deadline until August 15, 2014. Petitioners assert 
that extenuating circumstances warrant an extension and that the 
requested extension would be consistent with the public interest. 
Specifically, the Joint Extension Request asserts that additional time 
is needed to accurately assess and prepare responses to the relatively 
large volume of comments filed in response to the FNPRM, many of which 
addressed complicated technical issues. The Petitioners also note that 
the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System was largely 
inaccessible during the two days following the July 14, 2014 comment 
deadline and that the Federal Register publication date of the FNPRM 
removed an additional two days from the contemplated reply comment 
window. In addition, the Petitioners note that many of the parties that 
have filed comments in this proceeding have also been participating in 
the Open Internet proceeding and other Commission rulemakings with 
overlapping deadlines. The Petitioners contend that the requested 
extension would not prejudice other parties or delay consideration of 
the record and that the Commission's work would be assisted by more 
robust participation in the reply comment phase.
    It is the general policy of the Commission that extensions of time 
shall not be routinely granted. See 47 CFR1.46(a). However, under these 
circumstances, we agree that an extension of time to file reply 
comments is warranted to ensure that the Commission obtains a complete 
and thorough record in response to the FNPRM. The FNPRM sought comment 
on a wide variety of novel technical, policy and legal issues related 
to the establishment of the proposed Citizens Broadband Radio Service. 
We conclude that a short extension of time is warranted to enable 
interested parties sufficient opportunity to review and respond to the 
complex issues raised by the FNPRM. Accordingly, pursuant to section 
4(i) of the Communications Act of 1934, 47 U.S.C. 154(i), as amended, 
and section 1.46 of the Commission's rules, 47 CFR 1.46, we extend the 
deadline for filing reply comments until August 15, 2014.

Federal Communications Commission.
John Leibovitz,
Deputy Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.
[FR Doc. 2014-18612 Filed 8-5-14; 8:45 am]