[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 52 (Tuesday, March 18, 2014)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 15092-15093]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-05940]



47 CFR Part 69

[WC Docket No. 05-25, RM-10593; DA 14-302]

Special Access Proceeding; Comment Deadline Extended

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

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


SUMMARY: In this document, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) 
extends the deadline for filing comments and reply comments on section 
IV.B of the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the special access 
proceeding. This extension is necessary to allow time for the Federal 
Communications Commission (Commission) to collect data on the special 
access market prior to the submission of comments and replies.

DATES: Comments for section IV.B are due on or before October 6, 2014, 
and reply comments are due on or before November 17, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by WC Docket No. 05-25 
and RM-10593 by any of the following methods:
    [ssquf] Federal Communications Commission's Web site: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/. Follow the instructions for submitting 
    [ssquf] 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 detailed instructions for submitting comments and additional 
information on the rulemaking process, see the SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION section of this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Layton, Pricing Policy 
Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, 202-418-0868 or 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is a synopsis of the Commission's 
document, WC Docket No. 05-25, RM-10593; DA 14-302, released March 5, 
2014. The full text of this document is available for public inspection 

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copying during normal business hours in the FCC Reference Information 
Center, 445 12th Street, SW., Room CY-A257, Washington, DC 20554. The 
complete text of this document and related Commission documents may be 
purchased from the Commission's duplicating contractor, Best Copy and 
Printing, Inc. (BCPI), Portals II, 445 12th Street SW., Room CY-B402, 
Washington, DC 20554, via telephone at (202) 488-5300, via facsimile at 
(202)488-5563, or via email at the Commission's Web site at http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-14-302A1.docx.


    On December 11, 2012, the Commission adopted a Report and Order and 
Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking requiring providers and 
purchasers of special access and certain entities providing ``best 
efforts'' service to submit data and information for a comprehensive 
evaluation of the special access market. In the Further Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM), the Commission sought comment on possible 
changes to its rules for granting pricing flexibility for the special 
access services provided by incumbent local exchange carriers in price 
cap areas; the Commission invited interested parties to provide such 
comments after the Commission collected data for the market analysis to 
enable commenters to include analysis of such data in their comments. 
The Bureau has been working diligently to implement the data 
collection, which is subject to the Office of Management and Budget's 
(OMB) approval per the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). In July 2013, the 
Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) extended the deadlines for filing 
comments and reply comments regarding the rule changes to March 19, 
2014, and April 30, 2014, respectively, ``so that parties may prepare 
their comments after the data are collected and made available for 
review.'' The Bureau expects to begin collecting data in summer, 2014, 
following OMB approval of the data collection.


    The Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) extends the deadline for 
filing comments and reply comments on section IV.B of the FNPRM, 78 FR 
2600, January 11, 2013, that was adopted on December 11, 2012 in the 
special access proceeding. Collection of the data is necessary before 
parties can comment on the questions posed in the FNPRM. Accordingly, 
we extend the deadline for filing comments and reply comments so that 
parties may prepare their comments after the data are collected and 
made available for review. The new comment date is October 6, 2014, and 
the new reply comment date is November 17, 2014.

Comment Filing Procedures

    Pursuant to Sec. Sec.  1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission's rules, 
47 CFR 1.415, 1.419, interested parties may file comments and reply 
comments on or before the dates indicated on the first page of this 
document. Comments may be filed using the Commission's Electronic 
Comment Filing System (ECFS). See Electronic Filing of Documents in 
Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 FR 24121, May 1, 1998.
    [ssquf] Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically 
using the Internet by accessing the ECFS: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/.
    [ssquf] Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file 
an original and one copy 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.
     All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings 
for the Commission's Secretary must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 
445 12th Street 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.
    People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible 
formats for people with disabilities (braille, large print, electronic 
files, audio format), send an email to [email protected] or call the 
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-
418-0432 (tty).
    The proceeding this Notice initiates shall be treated as a 
``permit-but-disclose'' proceeding in accordance with the Commission's 
ex parte rules. Persons making ex parte presentations must file a copy 
of any written presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral 
presentation within two business days after the presentation (unless a 
different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies). Persons 
making oral ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda 
summarizing the presentation must (1) list all persons attending or 
otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte 
presentation was made, and (2) summarize all data presented and 
arguments made during the presentation. If the presentation consisted 
in whole or in part of the presentation of data or arguments already 
reflected in the presenter's written comments, memoranda or other 
filings in the proceeding, the presenter may provide citations to such 
data or arguments in his or her prior comments, memoranda, or other 
filings (specifying the relevant page and/or paragraph numbers where 
such data or arguments can be found) in lieu of summarizing them in the 
memorandum. Documents shown or given to Commission staff during ex 
parte meetings are deemed to be written ex parte presentations and must 
be filed consistent with rule 1.1206(b). In proceedings governed by 
rule 1.49(f) or for which the Commission has made available a method of 
electronic filing, written ex parte presentations and memoranda 
summarizing oral ex parte presentations, and all attachments thereto, 
must be filed through the electronic comment filing system available 
for that proceeding, and must be filed in their native format (e.g., 
.doc, .xml, .ppt, searchable .pdf). Participants in this proceeding 
should familiarize themselves with the Commission's ex parte rules.

Federal Communications Commission.
Deena Shetler,
Associate Bureau Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau.
[FR Doc. 2014-05940 Filed 3-17-14; 8:45 am]