[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 239 (Wednesday, December 12, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 73969]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-29962]



47 CFR Parts 1, 27 and 73

[GN Docket No. 12-268; DA 12-1916]

Expanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum 
Through Incentive Auctions

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

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


SUMMARY: The Media Bureau extends the deadline for filing comments and 
reply comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``NPRM'') in this 
proceeding which was published in the Federal Register on November 21, 
2012. The extension will provide commenters with sufficient time to 
prepare comments and reply comments in response to the NPRM.

DATES: The comment and reply comment period for the proposed rule 
published at 77 FR 69933, November 21, 2012 is extended. Submit 
comments on or before January 25, 2013 and reply comments on or before 
March 12, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by MB Docket No. 12-268, 
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: [email protected] or phone: (202) 418-
0530 or TTY: (202) 418-0432.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information on this 
proceeding, contact Edward Smith at (202) 418-1890, 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is a summary of the Order in Docket No. 
12-268, DA 12-1916, adopted and released on November 29, 2012, which 
extends the comment and reply comment deadlines established in the NPRM 
published under FCC No. 12-118 at 77 FR 69933, November 21, 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 [email protected] or by calling the 
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), 202-
418-0432 (TTY).

Summary of the Order

    1. On October 2, 2012, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking (``NPRM'') to implement an incentive auction of broadcast 
television spectrum. The NPRM set deadlines for filing comments and 
reply comments at December 21, 2012, and February 19, 2013, 
    2. On November 20, 2012, the National Association of Broadcasters 
(NAB) and CTIA--The Wireless Association (CTIA) filed a joint request 
to extend the comment and reply comment deadlines to January 25, 2013 
and March 26, 2013. NAB and CTIA state that an extension of time is 
warranted due to the complex economic, engineering, and policy issues 
presented by the NPRM. We grant the requested extension. As set forth 
in Sec.  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 that fully respond to the 
    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 NAB 
and CTIA is granted, and the deadlines to file comments and reply 
comments in this proceeding are extended to January 25, 2013 and 
March12, 2013, respectively.

Federal Communications Commission.
William T. Lake,
Chief, Media Bureau.
[FR Doc. 2012-29962 Filed 12-11-12; 8:45 am]