[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 186 (Thursday, September 25, 2014)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 57492-57493]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-22873]



47 CFR Part 69

[WC Docket No. 05-25; RM-10593; DA 14-1328]

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 in the 
Special Access Proceeding Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) 
regarding possible changes to the special access rules that apply to 
incumbent local exchange carriers that are subject to price cap 
regulation. This extension is necessary to allow time for the Federal 
Communications Commission (Commission) to collect data that will be 
used for a proposed one-time, multi-faceted market analysis of the 
special access market and for potential commenters to review the data 
in advance of submitting comments and replies.

DATES: Comments for section IV.B of the FNPRM are due on or before 
April 6, 2015, and reply comments are due on or before May 18, 2015.

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 Commission 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 additional information and instructions for submitting 
comments, see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher Koves, Pricing Policy 
Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, 202-418-8209, at 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The synopsis of this document, WC Docket No. 
05-25, RM-10593; DA 14-1328, is stated below. The full text of this 
document is also available for public inspection during regular 

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hours in the Commission's Reference Center, 445 12th Street SW., Room 
CY-A257, Washington, DC 20554. The complete text may be purchased from 
Best Copy and Printing, Inc., 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.


    On December 11, 2012, the Commission adopted a Report and Order 
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. FCC 12-153, 78 FR 2572 (Jan. 11, 2013). In the accompanying 
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. 78 FR 
2600 (Jan. 11, 2013). 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. In the Report and Order, the Commission delegated 
authority to the Bureau to implement the data collection and obtain 
approval for the collection from the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-
3520). On August 15, 2014, the Commission obtained OMB's approval for 
the collection under OMB Control Number 3060-1197. On September 15, 
2014, the Bureau released an order amending the collection to reflect 
the approval received from OMB and announcing a December 15, 2014 
deadline by which parties are required to submit data and information. 
DA 14-1327 (Sept. 15, 2014).


    The previous deadline for filing comments on section IV.B of the 
FNPRM was October 6, 2014 and November 17, 2014 for filing reply 
comments. 79 FR 15092 (March 18, 2014). Because collection of data must 
be completed and made available for review before parties can comment 
on the questions posed in the FNPRM, the Bureau extends the deadline 
for filing comments and reply comments in the special access 
proceeding. Accordingly, the Commission in this document, WC Docket No. 
05-25, RM-10593; DA 14-1328, sets the new comment date as April 6, 2015 
and the new reply comment date as May 18, 2015.

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 St. SW., Room TW-A325, Washington, DC 20554. The filing hours 
are 8 a.m. to 7 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, 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 Sec.  1.1206(b). In proceedings governed 
by rule Sec.  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 

Federal Communications Commission.
Deena Shetler,
Associate Bureau Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau.
[FR Doc. 2014-22873 Filed 9-24-14; 8:45 am]