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Title 47Chapter ISubchapter APart 0 → Subpart C


Title 47: Telecommunication
PART 0—COMMISSION ORGANIZATION


Subpart C—General Information


Contents

General

§0.401   Location of Commission offices.
§0.403   Office hours.
§0.405   Statutory provisions.
§0.406   The rules and regulations.
§0.408   OMB control numbers and expiration dates assigned pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
§0.409   Commission policy on private printing of FCC forms.

Printed Publications

§0.411   General reference materials.
§0.413   The Commission's printed publications.
§0.414   The Communications Act and other statutory materials.
§0.415   The rules and regulations (looseleaf service).
§0.416   The Federal Communications Commission Record.
§0.417   The Annual Reports.
§0.420   Other Commission publications.

Forms and Documents Available Upon Request

§0.421   Application forms.
§0.422   Current action documents and public notices.
§0.423   Information bulletins.

Lists Containing Information Compiled by the Commission

§0.431   The FCC service frequency lists.
§0.434   Data bases and lists of authorized broadcast stations and pending broadcast applications.

Public Information and Inspection of Records

§0.441   General.
§0.442   Disclosure to other Federal government agencies of information submitted to the Commission in confidence.
§0.445   Publication, availability, and use of opinions, orders, policy statements, interpretations, administrative manuals, staff instructions, and frequently requested records.
§0.451   Inspection of records: Generally.
§0.453   Public reference rooms.
§0.457   Records not routinely available for public inspection.
§0.458   Nonpublic information.
§0.459   Requests that materials or information submitted to the Commission be withheld from public inspection.
§0.460   Requests for inspection of records which are routinely available for public inspection.
§0.461   Requests for inspection of materials not routinely available for public inspection.
§0.463   Disclosure of Commission records and information in legal proceedings in which the Commission is a non-party.
§0.465   Request for copies of materials which are available, or made available, for public inspection.
§0.466   Definitions.
§0.467   Search and review fees.
§0.468   Interest.
§0.469   Advance payments.
§0.470   Assessment of fees.

Places for Making Submittals or Requests, for Filing Applications, and for Taking Examinations

§0.471   Miscellaneous submittals or requests.
§0.473   Reports of violations.
§0.475   Applications for employment.
§0.481   Place of filing applications for radio authorizations.
§0.482   Application for waiver of wireless radio service rules.
§0.483   Applications for amateur or commercial radio operator licenses.
§0.484   Amateur radio operator examinations.
§0.485   Commercial radio operator examinations.
§0.489   [Reserved]
§0.491   Application for exemption from compulsory ship radio requirements.
§0.493   Non-radio common carrier applications.

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General

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§0.401   Location of Commission offices.

The Commission maintains several offices and receipt locations. Applications and other filings not submitted in accordance with the addresses or locations set forth below will be returned to the applicant without processing. When an application or other filing does not involve the payment of a fee, the appropriate filing address or location is established elsewhere in the rules for the various types of submissions made to the Commission. The public should identify the correct filing location by reference to these rules. Applications or submissions requiring fees must be submitted in accordance with §0.401(b) of the rules irrespective of the addresses that may be set out elsewhere in the rules for other submissions.

(a) General correspondence, as well as applications and filings not requiring the fees set forth at part 1, subpart G of the rules (or not claiming an exemption, waiver or deferral from the fee requirement), should be delivered to one of the following locations.

(1) The main office of the Commission is located at 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554.

(i) Documents submitted by mail to this office should be addressed to: Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC 20554.

(ii) All hand-carried documents should be addressed to the Commission's Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission and delivered to 9050 Junction Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701.

(iii) Electronic filings, where required, recommended, or permitted, must be transmitted as specified by the Commission or relevant Bureau or Office.

(2) The Commission's laboratory is located near Columbia, Maryland. The mailing address is:

Federal Communications Commission, Equipment Authorization Division, 7435 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, MD 21046

(3) The Commission also maintains offices at Gettysburg, PA.

(i) The address of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau's licensing facilities are:

(A) Federal Communications Commission, 1270 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325-7245; and

(B) Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Washington, DC 20554.

(ii) The mailing address of the International Telecommunications Section of the Finance Branch is: Federal Communications Commission, P.O. Box IT-70, Gettysburg, PA 17326.

(4) For the locations of the field offices, contact the Enforcement Bureau.

(5) The location of the Office of General Counsel is 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554.

(b) Applications or filings requiring the fees set forth at part 1, subpart G of the rules must be delivered through the appropriate electronic filing system with the correct fee and completed Fee Form attached to the application or filing, unless otherwise directed by the Commission. In the case of any conflict between this rule subpart and other rules establishing filing locations for submissions subject to a fee, this subpart shall govern.

Note to paragraph (b) introductory text: Applicants seeking a waiver or deferral of fees must submit their application or filing in accordance with the addresses set forth below. Applicants claiming a statutory exemption from the fees should file their applications in accordance with paragraph (a) of this section.

(1) Applications and filings submitted by mail shall be submitted following the procedures set forth by the Commission in the appropriate fee rules.

Note to paragraph (b)(1): Wireless Telecommunications Bureau applications that require frequency coordination by certified coordinators must be submitted to the appropriate certified frequency coordinator before filing with the Commission. After coordination, the applications are filed with the Commission as set forth herein. (See §§90.127 and 90.175 of this chapter.)

(2) Alternatively, applications and other filings may be sent electronically via the Universal Licensing System (ULS) or the Cable Operations and Licensing System (COALS) as appropriate for use of those systems.

[52 FR 10227, Mar. 31, 1987]

Editorial Note: For Federal Register citations affecting §0.401, see the List of CFR Sections Affected, which appears in the Finding Aids section of the printed volume and at www.govinfo.gov.

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§0.403   Office hours.

The main offices of the Commission are open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays, unless otherwise stated.

[52 FR 10228, Mar. 31, 1987]

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§0.405   Statutory provisions.

The following statutory provisions, among others, will be of interest to persons having business with the Commission:

(a) The Federal Communications Commission was created by the Communications Act of 1934, 48 Stat. 1064, June 19, 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 151-609.

(b) The Commission exercises authority under the Submarine Cable Landing Act, 42 Stat. 8, May 27, 1921, 47 U.S.C. 34-39. See section 5 of Executive Order 10530, 19 FR 2709, May 10, 1954, as amended, 3 CFR, 1965 ed., p. 463.

(c) The Commission exercises authority under the Communications Satellite Act of 1962, 76 Stat. 419, August 31, 1962, 47 U.S.C. 701-744.

(d) The Commission operates under the Administrative Procedure Act, 60 Stat. 237, June 11, 1946, as amended, originally codified as 5 U.S.C. 1001-1011. Pursuant to Pub. L. 89-554, September 6, 1966, 80 Stat. 378, the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act now appear as follows in the Code:

Administrative Procedure Act5 U.S.C.
Sec. 2-9551-558
Sec. 10701-706
Sec. 113105, 7521, 5362, 1305
Sec. 12559

[32 FR 10570, July 19, 1967]

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§0.406   The rules and regulations.

Persons having business with the Commission should familiarize themselves with those portions of its rules and regulations pertinent to such business. All of the rules have been published and are readily available. See §§0.411(b), 0.412, and 0.415. For the benefit of those who are not familiar with the rules, there is set forth in this section a brief description of their format and contents.

(a) Format. The rules are set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations as chapter I of title 47. Chapter I is divided into parts numbered from 0-99. Each part, in turn, is divided into numbered sections. To allow for the addition of new parts and sections in logical sequence, without extensive renumbering, parts and sections are not always numbered consecutively. Thus, for example, part 2 is followed by part 5, and §1.8 is followed by §1.10; in this case, parts 3 and 4 and §1.9 have been reserved for future use. In numbering sections, the number before the period is the part number; and the number after the period locates the section within that part. Thus, for example, §1.1 is the first section of part 1 and §5.1 is the first section in part 5. Except in the case of accounting regulations (parts 31-35), the period should not be read as a decimal point; thus, §1.511 is not located between §§1.51 and 1.52 but at a much later point in the rules. In citing the Code of Federal Regulations, the citation, 47 CFR 5.1, for example, is to §5.1 (in part 5) of chapter I of title 47 of the Code, and permits the exact location of that rule. No citation to other rule units (e.g., subpart or chapter) is needed.

(b) Contents. Parts 0-19 of the rules have been reserved for provisions of a general nature. Parts 20-69 of this chapter have been reserved for provisions pertaining to common carriers. Parts 20-29 and 80-109 of this chapter have been reserved for provisions pertaining to the wireless telecommunications services. In the rules pertaining to common carriers, parts 20-25 and 80-99 of this chapter pertain to the use of radio; In the rules pertaining to common carriers, parts 21, 23, and 25 of this chapter pertain to the use of radio; parts 31-66 of this chapter pertain primarily to telephone and telegraph companies. Persons having business with the Commission will find it useful to consult one or more of the following parts containing provisions of a general nature in addition to the rules of the radio or wire communication service in which they are interested:

(1) Part 0, Commission organization. Part 0 describes the structure and functions of the Commission, lists delegations of authority to the staff, and sets forth information designed to assist those desiring to obtain information from, or to do business with, the Commission. This part is designed, among other things, to meet certain of the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act, as amended.

(2) Part 1 of this chapter, practice and procedure. Part 1, subpart A, of this chapter contains the general rules of practice and procedure. Except as expressly provided to the contrary, these rules are applicable in all Commission proceedings and should be of interest to all persons having business with the Commission. Part 1, subpart A of this chapter also contains certain other miscellaneous provisions. Part 1, subpart B, of this chapter contains the procedures applicable in formal hearing proceedings (see §1.201 of this chapter). Part 1, subpart C, of this chapter contains the procedures followed in making or revising the rule or regulations. Part 1, subpart D, of this chapter contains rules applicable to applications for licenses in the Broadcast Radio Services, including the forms to be used, the filing requirements, the procedures for processing and acting upon such applications, and certain other matters. Part 1, subpart E, of this chapter contains general rules and procedures applicable to common carriers. Part 1, subpart F, of this chapter contain rules applicable to applications for licenses in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau services, including the forms to be used, the filing requirements, the procedures for processing and acting on such applications, and certain other matters. Part 1, subpart F, of this chapter contains rules applicable to applications for licenses in the Private Radio Services, including the forms to be used, the filing requirements, the procedures for processing and acting on such applications, and certain other matters. Part 1, subpart G, of this chapter contains rules pertaining to the application processing fees established by the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (Pub. L. 99-272, 100 Stat. 82 (1986)) and also contains rules pertaining to the regulatory fees established by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 (Pub. L. 103-66, 107 Stat. 397 (1993)). Part 1, subpart H, of this chapter, concerning ex parte presentations, sets forth standards governing communications with commission personnel in hearing proceedings and contested application proceedings. Part 1, subparts G and H, of this chapter will be of interest to all regulatees, and part 1, subpart H, of this chapter will, in addition, be of interest to all persons involved in hearing proceedings.

(3) Part 2, frequency allocations and radio treaty matters; general rules and regulations. Part 2 will be of interest to all persons interested in the use of radio. It contains definitions of technical terms used in the rules and regulations; provisions governing the allocation of radio frequencies among the numerous uses made of radio (e.g., broadcasting, land mobile) and radio services (e.g., television, public safety), including the Table of Frequency Allocations (§2.106); technical provisions dealing with emissions; provisions dealing with call signs and emergency communications; provisions governing authorization of radio equipment; and a list of treaties and other international agreements pertaining to the use of radio.

(4) Part 5, experimental radio service. Part 5 provides for the temporary use of radio frequencies for research in the radio art, for communications involving other research projects, for the development of equipment, data, or techniques, and for the conduct of equipment product development or market trials.

(5) Part 13, commercial radio operators. Part 13 describes the procedures to be followed in applying for a commercial operator license, including the forms to be used and the examinations given, and sets forth rules governing licensed operators. It will be of interest to applicants for such licenses, licensed operators, and the licensees of radio stations which may be operated only by persons holding a commercial radio operator license.

(6) Part 15, radio frequency devices. Part 15 contains regulations designed to prevent harmful interference to radio communication from radio receivers and other devices which radiate radio frequency energy, and provides for the certification of radio receivers. It also provides for the certification of low power transmitters and for the operation of certificated transmitters without a license.

(7) Part 17, construction, marking, and lighting of antenna structures. Part 17 contains criteria for determining whether applications for radio towers require notification of proposed construction to the Federal Aviation Administration, and specifications for obstruction marking and lighting of antenna structures.

(8) Part 18, industrial, scientific and medical equipment. Part 18 contains regulations designed to prevent harmful interference to radio communication from ultrasonic equipment, industrial heating equipment, medical diathermy equipment, radio frequency stabilized arc welders, and other equipment which uses radio energy for purposes other than communication.

(9) Part 19, employee responsibilities and conduct. Part 19 prescribes standards of conduct for the members and staff of the Commission.

[32 FR 10571, July 19, 1967, as amended at 32 FR 12180, Aug. 24, 1967; 37 FR 20553, Sept. 30, 1972; 52 FR 5288, Feb. 20, 1987; 58 FR 13021, Mar. 9, 1993; 59 FR 30998, June 16, 1994; 60 FR 35507, July 10, 1995; 63 FR 36596, July 7, 1998; 78 FR 25160, Apr. 29, 2013]

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§0.408   OMB control numbers and expiration dates assigned pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

(a) Purpose. This section displays the OMB control numbers and expiration dates for the Commission information collection requirements assigned by the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. The Commission intends that this section comply with the requirement that agencies “display” current OMB control numbers and expiration dates assigned by the Director, OMB, for each approved information collection requirement. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) that does not display a currently valid OMB control number. The expiration dates shown in this section are accurate as of January 31, 2017. New, revised, or extended information collections approved by OMB after that date can be found at https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Questions concerning the OMB control numbers and expiration dates should be directed to the Associate Managing Director—Performance Evaluation and Records Management, (PERM), Office of Managing Director, Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC 20554 by sending an email to [email protected]

(b) Display.

OMB control no.FCC form no. or 47 CFR section or part, docket no., or title identifying the collectionOMB expiration date
3060-0004Secs. 1.1307 and 1.131107/31/17
3060-0009FCC 31612/31/18
3060-0010FCC 32311/30/19
3060-0016FCC 2100, Schedule C07/31/19
3060-0017FCC 2100, Schedule D03/31/19
3060-0027FCC 301 and FCC 2100, Schedule A03/31/19
3060-0029FCC 34008/31/17
3060-0031FCC 314 and FCC 31509/30/18
3060-0053FCC 702 and FCC 70305/31/17
3060-0055FCC 32711/30/17
3060-0056Part 68—Connection of Terminal Equipment to the Telephone Network05/31/17
3060-0057FCC 73104/30/17
3060-0059FCC 74004/30/19
3060-0065FCC 44212/31/18
3060-0075FCC 34504/30/19
3060-0076FCC 39506/30/19
3060-0084FCC 323-E11/30/19
3060-0093FCC 40509/30/17
3060-0095FCC 395-A05/31/17
3060-0110FCC 303-S12/31/19
3060-0113FCC 39611/30/18
3060-0120FCC 396-A06/30/18
3060-0126Sec. 73.182008/31/17
3060-0132FCC 1068A01/31/18
3060-0139FCC 85411/30/18
3060-0149Part 63—Application and Supplemental Information Requirements12/31/18
3060-0157Sec. 73.9905/31/17
3060-0161Sec. 73.6112/31/17
3060-0166Part 42, Secs. 42.5, 42.6 and 42.706/30/19
3060-0168Sec. 43.4309/30/18
3060-0169Sec. 43.5110/31/17
3060-0170Sec. 73.103002/28/19
3060-0171Sec. 73.112502/28/19
3060-0174Secs. 73.1212, 76.1615, and 76.171507/31/18
3060-0175Sec. 73.125010/31/19
3060-0176Sec. 73.151005/31/17
3060-0178Sec. 73.156001/31/20
3060-0179Sec. 73.159007/31/19
3060-0180Sec. 73.161001/31/19
3060-0182Sec. 73.162008/31/18
3060-0185Sec. 73.361310/31/17
3060-0188Call Sign Reservation and Authorization System02/28/19
3060-0190Sec. 73.354404/30/18
3060-0192Sec. 87.10309/30/19
3060-0204Sec. 90.20(a)(2)(v) and 90.20(a)(2)(xi)09/30/17
3060-0207Part 11—Emergency Alert System (EAS)10/31/19
3060-0208Sec. 73.187001/31/18
3060-0213Sec. 73.352511/30/17
3060-0214Secs. 73.3526, 73.3527, 73.1212, 76.1701, and 73.194305/31/19
3060-0216Secs. 73.3538 and 73.1690(e)05/31/19
3060-0221Sec. 90.15510/31/19
3060-0222Sec. 97.21302/28/18
3060-0228Sec. 80.59 and FCC 806, 824, 827 and 82908/31/18
3060-0233Part 54—High Cost Loop Support Reporting10/31/18
3060-0248Sec. 74.75105/31/19
3060-0249Secs. 74.781, 74.1281, and 78.6903/31/18
3060-0250Secs. 73.1207, 74.784 and 74.128404/30/17
3060-0259Sec. 90.26304/30/18
3060-0261Sec. 90.21505/31/19
3060-0262Sec. 90.17903/31/17
3060-0264Sec. 80.41305/31/18
3060-0265Sec. 80.86804/30/19
3060-0270Sec. 90.44302/28/19
3060-0281Sec. 90.65102/28/19
3060-0286Sec. 80.30212/31/18
3060-0288Sec. 78.3305/31/17
3060-0289Secs. 76.601, 76.1704, 76.1705, and 76.171704/30/17
3060-0291Sec. 90.477(a), (b)(2), (d)(2) and (d)(3)05/31/17
3060-0292Part 69 and Sec. 69.60506/30/19
3060-0295Sec. 90.60701/31/19
3060-0297Sec. 80.50306/30/18
3060-0298Part 61, Tariffs (Other than Tariff Review Plan)09/30/19
3060-0310FCC 32211/30/17
3060-0311Sec. 76.5403/31/17
3060-0316Secs. 76.1700, 76.1702, 76.1703, 76.1707, and 76.171105/31/19
3060-0320Sec. 73.135005/31/18
3060-0325Sec. 80.60506/30/17
3060-0329Sec. 2.95501/31/18
3060-0331FCC 32110/31/17
3060-0332Secs. 76.614 and 76.170604/30/19
3060-0340Sec. 73.5104/30/18
3060-0341Sec. 73.168010/31/17
3060-0346Sec. 78.2704/30/18
3060-0347Sec. 97.31107/31/17
3060-0349Secs. 73.2080, 76.73, 76.75, 76.79, and 76.170212/31/18
3060-0355FCC 492 and FCC 492A02/28/19
3060-0357Sec. 63.70111/30/18
3060-0360Sec. 80.40901/31/20
3060-0370Part 32—Uniform System of Accounts for Telecommunications Companies08/31/17
3060-0384Secs. 64.901, 64.904 and 64.90506/30/19
3060-0386Secs. 1.5, 73.1615, 73.1635, 73.1740, 73.3598, 74.788, and FCC 33703/31/19
3060-0387Secs. 15.201(d), 15.209, 15.211, 15.213 and 15.22103/31/18
3060-0390FCC 395-B08/31/17
3060-0391Parts 54 and 36—Program to Monitor the Impacts of the Universal Service Support Mechanisms06/30/17
3060-0392Part 1, Subpart J—Pole Attachment Complaint Procedures03/31/19
3060-0394Sec. 1.42011/30/19
3060-0398Secs. 2.948, 2.949, and 15.117(g)(2)09/30/19
3060-0400Tariff Review Plan (TRP)09/30/19
3060-0404FCC 35005/31/19
3060-0405FCC 34912/31/18
3060-0411FCC 48511/30/17
3060-0414Terrain Shielding Policy04/30/18
3060-0419Secs. 76.94, 76.95, 76.105, 76.106, 76.107, and 76.160902/28/19
3060-0422Sec. 68.503/31/19
3060-0423Sec. 73.358811/30/19
3060-0430Sec. 1.120601/31/18
3060-0433FCC 32004/30/17
3060-0439Sec. 64.20106/30/19
3060-0441Secs. 90.621 and 90.69306/30/18
3060-0463Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech Services for Individuals with Hearing and Speech Disabilities06/30/17
3060-0466Secs. 73.1201, 74.783 and 74.128309/30/19
3060-0470Secs. 64.901 and 64.903, and RAO Letters 19 and 2608/31/17
3060-0473Sec. 74.125111/30/19
3060-0474Sec. 74.126306/30/17
3060-0484Secs. 4.901/31/20
3060-0489Sec. 73.3704/30/18
3060-0496FCC Report 43-0804/30/19
3060-0500Sec. 76.171307/31/19
3060-0501Secs. 73.1942, 76.206 and 76.161109/30/17
3060-0506FCC 302-FM09/30/17
3060-0508Part 1 and Part 22 Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements04/30/18
3060-0512FCC Report 43-0102/28/18
3060-0519Rules and Regulations Implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) of 199109/30/18
3060-0526Sec. 69.12304/30/17
3060-0531Secs. 101.1011, 101.1325(b), 101.1327(a), 101.527, 101.529, and 101.10306/30/18
3060-0532Secs. 2.1033 and 15.12106/30/17
3060-0537Secs. 13.9(c), 13.13(c), 13.17(b), 13.211(e), and 13.21706/30/19
3060-0546Sec. 76.5902/28/19
3060-0548Secs. 76.1708, 76.1709, 76.1620, 76.56 and 76.161406/30/17
3060-0550FCC 32808/31/18
3060-0560Sec. 76.91108/31/18
3060-0562Sec. 76.91601/31/19
3060-0565Sec. 76.94401/31/18
3060-0568Secs. 76.970, 76.971 and 76.97503/31/18
3060-0569Sec. 76.97510/31/17
3060-0573FCC 39403/31/18
3060-0580Sec. 76.171007/31/18
3060-0584FCC 44 and FCC 4502/28/18
3060-0589FCC 159, FCC 159-B, FCC 159-C, FCC 159-E and 159-W05/31/17
3060-0594FCC 122012/31/18
3060-0599Secs. 90.187, 90.425 and 90.62709/30/19
3060-0600FCC 17506/30/19
3060-0601FCC 120012/31/18
3060-0607Sec. 76.92211/30/17
3060-0609Sec. 76.934(e)12/31/18
3060-0625Sec. 24.10302/28/19
3060-0626Sec. 90.48311/30/19
3060-0627FCC 302-AM09/30/17
3060-0633Secs. 74.165, 74.432, and 74.83204/30/18
3060-0634Sec. 73.69105/31/18
3060-0636Secs. 2.906, 2.909, 2.1071, 2.1075, 2.1076, 2.1077 and 15.3705/31/18
3060-0645Secs. 17.4, 17.48 and 17.4905/31/18
3060-0647FCC 33309/30/18
3060-0649Secs. 76.1601, 76.1617, 76.1697 and 76.170803/31/19
3060-0652Secs. 76.309, 76.1602, 76.1603 and 76.161907/31/17
3060-0653Sec. 64.703(b) and (c)01/31/20
3060-0655Requests for Waivers of Regulatory and Application Fees11/30/19
3060-0665Sec. 64.70706/30/19
3060-0667Secs. 76.630, 76.1621 and 76.162201/31/20
3060-0668Sec. 76.93603/31/19
3060-0669Sec. 76.94605/31/19
3060-0674Sec. 76.161805/31/17
3060-0678Part 25—Licensing of, and Spectrum Usage by, Commercial Earth Stations and Space Stations08/31/19
3060-0685FCC 1210 and FCC 124012/31/17
3060-0686FCC 214, FCC 412FCN, FCC 214TC and FCC 214STA02/28/18
3060-0687Access to Telecommunications Equipment and Services by Persons with Disabilities04/30/18
3060-0688FCC 123502/28/19
3060-0690Sec. 101.1701/31/18
3060-0691Sec. 90.66504/30/19
3060-0692Secs. 76.613, 76.802 and 76.80402/28/19
3060-0695Sec. 87.21907/31/17
3060-0698Secs. 25.203(i) and 73.1030(a)(2)01/31/20
3060-0700FCC 127505/31/19
3060-0703FCC 120512/31/17
3060-0704Secs. 42.10, 42.11 and 64.1900 and Section 254(g)09/30/17
3060-0706Secs. 76.952 and 76.99001/31/20
3060-0707Over-the Air Reception Devices (OTARD)10/31/19
3060-0710Parts 1 and 51—Implementation of Local Competition Provisions in the Telecommunications Act of 199609/30/19
3060-0713Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) Compliance Notification02/28/17
3060-0715Carriers' Use of Customer Proprietary Network Information and Other Customer Information09/30/17
3060-0716Secs. 73.88, 73.718, 73.685 and 73.163004/30/18
3060-0717Secs. 64.703(a), 64.709 and 64.71006/30/17
3060-0718Part 101—Terrestrial Microwave Fixed Radio Service02/28/19
3060-0719Quarterly Report of IntraLATA Carriers Listing Payphone Automatic Number Identifications06/30/19
3060-0723Sec. 276—Public Disclosure of Network Information by Bell Operating Companies (BOCs)07/31/18
3060-0725Quarterly Filing of Nondiscrimination Reports by Bell Operating Companies (BOCs)06/30/18
3060-0727Sec. 73.21304/30/18
3060-0737Disclosure Requirements for Information Services Provided Under a Presubscription or Comparable Arrangement10/31/17
3060-0740Sec. 95.101507/31/17
3060-0741Technology Transitions01/31/20
3060-0742Secs. 52.21 through 52.3609/30/19
3060-0743Pay Telephone Reclassification and Compensation Provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 199606/30/19
3060-0745Local Exchange Carrier Tariff Streamlining Provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 199607/31/18
3060-0748Secs. 64.1504, 64.1509 and 64.151002/28/19
3060-0750Secs. 73.671 and 73.67307/31/17
3060-0751Sec. 43.5109/30/19
3060-0754FCC 2100, Schedule H04/30/18
3060-0755Secs. 59.1 through 59.401/31/18
3060-0760272 Sunset Order and Access Charge Reform10/31/17
3060-0761Sec. 79.112/31/17
3060-0767Secs. 1.2110, 1.2111 and 1.211204/30/17
3060-076828 GHz Band02/28/18
3060-0770Sec. 61.4911/30/17
3060-0773Sec. 2.80306/30/17
3060-0775Sec. 64.190307/31/19
3060-0779Secs. 90.20(a)(1)(iii), 90.769, 90.767, 90.763(b)(l)(i)(a), 90.763(b)(l)(i)(B), 90.771(b) and 90.74301/31/20
3060-0783Sec. 90.17612/31/17
3060-0787Subscriber Carrier Selection Changes Provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996—Unauthorized Changes of Consumers' Long Distance Carriers07/31/17
3060-0788DTV Showings/Interference Agreements04/30/19
3060-0790Sec. 68.110(c)05/31/18
3060-0791Sec. 32.730005/31/18
3060-0795FCC 60608/31/17
3060-0798FCC 60106/30/19
3060-0799FCC 60210/31/19
3060-0800FCC 60303/31/18
3060-0804FCC 460, FCC 461, FCC 462, FCC 463, FCC 465, FCC 466, and FCC 46709/30/19
3060-0805Secs. 90.523, 90.527, 90.545 and 90.121107/31/17
3060-0806FCC 470 and FCC 47112/31/18
3060-0807Sec. 51.803 and Supplemental Procedures for Petitions to Sec. 252(e)(5)05/31/19
3060-0809Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act12/31/19
3060-0812Exemption from Payment of Regulatory Fees When Claiming Non-Profit Status02/28/18
3060-0813Sec. 20.1802/28/18
3060-0816FCC 47706/30/17
3060-0817BOC Provision of Enhanced Services (ONA Requirements)06/30/18
3060-0819FCC 481, FCC 497, and FCC 55509/30/19
3060-0823Part 64, Pay Telephone Reclassification05/31/17
3060-0824FCC 49811/30/18
3060-0837FCC 2100, Schedule B03/31/19
3060-0844Cable Carriage of Television Broadcast Stations03/31/19
3060-0848Deployment of Wireline Services Offering Advanced Telecommunications Capability03/31/18
3060-0849Commercial Availability of Navigation Devices07/31/17
3060-0850FCC 60505/31/17
3060-0853FCC 479, FCC 486 and FCC 50012/31/19
3060-0854Sec. 64.240109/30/18
3060-0855FCC 499-A and FCC 499-Q12/31/17
3060-0856FCC 472, FCC 473 and FCC 47406/30/19
3060-0859Suggested Guidelines for Petitions for Ruling under Sec. 25303/31/18
3060-0862Handling Confidential Information07/31/17
3060-0863Satellite Delivery of Network Signals to Unserved Households05/31/17
3060-0865Universal Licensing System Recordkeeping and Third-Party Disclosure Requirements02/28/17
3060-0874Consumer Complaint Portal07/31/19
3060-0876Sec. 54.703 and Secs. 54.719 through 54.72510/31/18
3060-0881Sec. 95.86105/31/17
3060-0882Sec. 95.83307/31/17
3060-0888Secs. 76.7, 76.9, 76.61, 76.914, 76.1001, 76.1003, 76.1302 and 76.151301/31/18
3060-0895FCC 50207/31/19
3060-0896Broadcast Auction Form Exhibits09/30/17
3060-0905Sec. 18.21306/30/17
3060-0906FCC 2100, Schedule G10/31/17
3060-0910Ensure Compatibility with Enhanced 911 Emergency Calling Systems05/31/18
3060-0912Secs. 76.501, 76.503 and 76.50401/31/18
3060-0917FCC 16002/28/17
3060-0918FCC 16102/28/17
3060-0920FCC 31803/31/19
3060-0922FCC 39711/30/18
3060-0927Auditor's Annual Independence and Objectivity Certification01/31/18
3060-0928FCC 2100, Schedule F and Sec. 73.3572(h), 73.3700(b)(3) and 73.3700(h)(2)03/31/19
3060-0931Sec. 80.10308/31/18
3060-0932FCC 2100, Schedule E and Secs. 73.3700(b)(1)(i)-(v) and (vii), (b)(2)(i) and (ii), and 74.793(d)03/31/19
3060-0936Secs. 95.1215, 95.1217, 95.1223, and 95.122510/31/19
3060-0937Establishment of a Class A Television Service05/31/19
3060-0938FCC 31912/31/17
3060-0942Access Charge Reform, Price Cap Performance Review for Local Exchange Carriers, Low-Volume Long Distance Users, Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service05/31/19
3060-0944Secs. 1.767 and 1.768, FCC 220, and Executive Order 1053002/28/18
3060-0950Bidding Credits for Tribal Lands04/30/19
3060-0951Sec. 1.1204(b) Note, and Sec. 1.1206(a) Note 108/31/19
3060-0952Proposed Demographic Information and Notifications,02/28/19
3060-0953Secs. 95.1111 and 95.111308/31/19
3060-0960Secs. 76.122, 76.123, 76.124 and 76.12701/31/20
3060-0967Sec. 79.2, 79.105, and 79.10604/30/17
3060-0971Sec. 52.1505/31/17
3060-0972Part 69 Filing Requirements for Regulation of Interstate Services of Non-Price Cap Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers and Interexchange Carriers06/30/17
3060-0973Sec. 64.1120(e)06/30/19
3060-0975Secs. 68.105 and 1.400008/31/19
3060-0979License Audit Letter11/30/18
3060-0980Sec. 76.6602/28/19
3060-0984Secs. 90.35(b)(2) and 90.175(b)(1)09/30/19
3060-0986FCC 481, FCC 507, FCC 508, FCC 509, and FCC 52503/31/17
3060-0987Sec. 20.18(l)(1)(i)-(iii) and 20.18(l)(2)(i)-(iii)08/31/17
3060-0989Secs. 63.01, 63.03 and 63.0404/30/17
3060-0991AM Measurement Data01/31/18
3060-0994Flexibility for Delivery of Communications by Mobile Satellite Service Providers in the 2 GHz Band, the L-Band, and the 1.6/2.4 GHz Band10/31/18
3060-0995Sec. 1.2105(c) and 1.220506/30/19
3060-0996AM Auction Section 307(b) Submissions05/31/17
3060-0997Sec. 52.15(k)07/31/17
3060-0998Sec. 87.10904/30/19
3060-0999Sec. 20.19, Hearing Aid Compatibility Status Report, FCC 65511/30/18
3060-1000Sec. 87.14708/31/19
3060-1003Communications Disaster Information Reporting System07/31/18
3060-1004Commission Rules to Ensure Compatibility with Enhanced 911 Emergency Calling Systems06/30/18
3060-1005Numbering Resource Optimization—Phase 304/30/17
3060-1008Secs. 27.50 and 27.60208/31/17
3060-1013Mitigation of Orbital Debris02/28/18
3060-1015Part 15—Ultra Wideband Transmission Systems11/30/17
3060-1021Sec. 25.13911/30/19
3060-1022Secs. 101.1403, 101.103(f), 101.1413, 101.1440 and 101.141705/31/17
3060-1028International Signaling Point Code (ISPC)11/30/18
3060-1029Data Network Identification Code (DNIC)11/30/18
3060-1030Service Rules for Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) in the 1.7 GHz and 2.1 GHz Bands01/31/18
3060-1031Commission's Initiative to Implement Enhanced 911 (E911) Emergency Services01/31/19
3060-1033FCC 396-C10/31/18
3060-1034FCC 335-AM and FCC 335-FM02/28/19
3060-1035FCC 309, FCC 310 and FCC 31101/31/20
3060-1039FCC 620 and FCC 62110/31/17
3060-1042Request for Technical Support—Help Request Form03/31/19
3060-1044Review of the Section 251 Unbundling Obligations of Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers05/31/19
3060-1045FCC 324 and Sec. 76.161012/31/17
3060-1046Part 64, Pay Telephone Reclassification and Compensation Provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 199608/31/17
3060-1047Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech Services for Individuals with Hearing and Speech Disabilities, FCC 03-11210/31/17
3060-1048Sec. 1.929(c)(1)11/30/18
3060-1050Sec. 97.30304/30/19
3060-1053Two-Line Captioned Telephone Order and IP Captioned Telephone Service Declaratory Ruling, and Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service Reform Order03/31/18
3060-1054FCC 422-IB09/30/18
3060-1056FCC 421-IB07/31/18
3060-1057FCC 420-IB07/31/18
3060-1058FCC 60804/30/18
3060-1060Wireless E911 Coordination Initiative Letter to State 911 Coordinators12/31/19
3060-1063Global Mobile Personal Communications by Satellite (GMPCS) Authorization, Marketing and Importation Rules09/30/18
3060-1064Regulatory Fee Assessment True-Ups07/31/17
3060-1065Sec. 25.70111/30/18
3060-1070Allocation and Service Rules for the 71-76 GHz, 81-86 GHz and 92-95 GHz Bands10/31/17
3060-1078Rules and Regulations Implementing the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003 (CAN-SPAM Act), CG Docket 04-5309/30/19
3060-1079Sec. 15.24012/31/19
3060-1080Improving Public Safety Communications in the 800 MHz Band; TA-13.1 and TA-14.110/31/17
3060-1081Secs. 54.202, 54.209, 54.307, 54.313, 54.314 and 54.80909/30/17
3060-1084Rules and Regulations Implementing Minimum Customer Account Record Obligations on All Local and Interexchange Carriers, CG Docket No. 02-38605/31/19
3060-1085Sec. 9.507/31/18
3060-1086Secs. 74.787, 74.790, 74.794, 74.796 and 74.79803/31/19
3060-1087Sec. 15.61504/30/17
3060-1088Rules and Regulations Implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) of 199105/31/19
3060-1089Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech Services for Individuals with Hearing and Speech Disabilities, E911 Requirements for IP-Enabled Service Providers08/31/17
3060-1092FCC 609-T and FCC 611-T01/31/20
3060-1094Licensing, Operation, and Transition of the 2500-2690 MHz Band03/31/17
3060-1095Surrenders of Authorizations for International Carrier, Space Station and Earth Station Licensees01/31/18
3060-1096Prepaid Calling Card Service Provider Certification07/31/19
3060-1101Children's Television Requests for Preemption Flexibility12/31/18
3060-1103Sec. 76.4101/31/19
3060-1104Sec. 73.682(d)02/28/17
3060-1108Consummations of Assignments and Transfers of Control of Authorization02/28/18
3060-1113Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS)07/31/17
3060-1116Submarine Cable Reporting01/31/18
3060-1120Service Quality Measurement Plan for Interstate Special Access and Monthly Usage Reporting Requirements09/30/17
3060-1121Secs. 1.30002, 1.30003, 1.30004, 73.875, 73.1657 and 73.169002/28/17
3060-1122Preparation of Annual Reports to Congress for the Collection & Expenditure of Fees or Charges for Enhanced 911 (E911) Services under the NET 911 Improvement Act of 200803/31/18
3060-1124Sec. 80.23112/31/17
3060-1126Sec. 10.35004/30/18
3060-1127First Responder Emergency Contact Information in the Universal Licensing System (ULS)03/31/19
3060-1129Broadband Speed Test and Unavailability Registry04/30/19
3060-1131Implementation of the NET 911 Improvement Act of 2008: Location Information from Owners and Controllers of 911 and E911 Capabilities06/30/19
3060-1133FCC 308 and Secs. 73.3545 and 73.358007/31/18
3060-1138Secs. 1.49 and 1.5406/30/19
3060-1139Consumer Broadband Services Testing and Measurement05/31/17
3060-1142Electronic Tariff Filing System (ETFS)11/30/19
3060-1145Structure and Practices of the Video Relay Service Program08/31/17
3060-1146Implementation of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, Section 105, Relay Services for Deaf-Blind Individuals, CG Docket No. 10-21006/30/18
3060-1147Wireless E911 Phase II Location Accuracy Requirements05/31/18
3060-1148Sec. 79.301/31/20
3060-1149Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery06/30/17
3060-1150Structure and Practices of the Video Relay Service Program, Second Report and Order, CG Docket No. 10-5105/31/18
3060-1151Secs. 1.1420, 1.1422, and 1.142403/31/18
3060-1154Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (“CALM”) Act; Financial Hardship and General Waiver Requests06/30/18
3060-1155Secs. 15.713, 15.714, 15.715, 15.717 and 27.132005/31/19
3060-1156Sec. 43.6202/28/18
3060-1157Formal Complaint Procedures, Preserving the Open Internet and Broadband Industry Practices09/30/17
3060-1158Disclosure of Network Management Practices, Preserving the Open Internet and Broadband Industry Practices12/31/19
3060-1159Part 25—Satellite Communications; and Part 27—Miscellaneous Wireless Communications Services in the 2.3 GHz Band10/31/19
3060-1161Sec. 27.14(g)-(l)10/31/17
3060-1162Closed Captioning of Video Programming Delivered Using Internet Protocol, and Apparatus Closed Captioning Requirements09/30/18
3060-1163Regulations Applicable to Common Carrier and Aeronautical Radio Licensees10/31/18
3060-1165Sec. 74.60512/31/17
3060-1166FCC 18001/31/18
3060-1167Accessible Telecommunications and Advanced Communications Services and Equipment01/31/20
3060-1168FCC 68001/31/18
3060-1169Part 11—Emergency Alert System (EAS), FCC 12-708/31/18
3060-1170Sec. 90.20904/30/18
3060-1171Secs. 73.682(e) and 76.607(a)06/30/18
3060-1174Secs. 73.503, 73.621 and 73.352707/31/18
3060-1177Sec. 74.80006/30/19
3060-1178FCC 2100, Schedule 399; and Sec. 73.3700(e)03/31/19
3060-1180Expanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum Through Incentive Auctions08/31/18
3060-1181Study Area Boundary Data Reporting in Esri Shapefile Format06/30/19
3060-1183Establishment of a Public Safety Answering Point Do-Not-Call Registry, CG Docket 12-12902/28/19
3060-1184Secs. 1.946(d), 27.10(d), 27.12, 27.14 and 27.1707/31/19
3060-1185FCC 690 and Record Retention Requirements05/31/19
3060-1186FCC 48001/31/18
3060-1189Secs. 1.1307(b)(1), 20.3, 20.21(a)(2), 20.21(a)(5), 20.21(e)(2), 20.21(e)(8)(i)(G), 20.21(e)(9)(i)(H), 20.21(f), 20.21(h), 22.9, 24.9, 27.9, 90.203, 90.219(b)(l)(i)06/30/18
3060-1190Sec. 87.287(b)06/30/19
3060-1192Survey for Urban Rates for Fixed Voice and Fixed Broadband Residential Services08/31/19
3060-1194FCC 33801/31/19
3060-1195US Telecom Forbearance FCC 13-69 Conditions06/30/17
3060-1196Inmate Calling Services Data Collection06/30/17
3060-1197Comprehensive Market Data Collection for Interstate Special Access Services08/31/17
3060-1198Secs. 90.525, 90.529 and 90.53104/30/18
3060-1199Sec. 15.407(j)08/31/17
3060-1200FCC 5610 and FCC 562009/30/18
3060-1201Structure and Practices of the Video Relay Service Program; Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech Services for Individuals with Hearing and Speech Disabilities09/30/17
3060-1202Improving 911 Reliability and Continuity of Communications Including Networks, Broadband Technologies10/31/17
3060-1203Secs. 79.107, 79.108 and 79.11008/31/19
3060-1204Deployment of Text-to-91104/30/18
3060-1205Sec. 74.80203/31/18
3060-1206FCC 2100, Schedule 38103/31/18
3060-1207Secs. 25.701 and 25.70205/31/19
3060-1208Acceleration of Broadband Deployment by Improving Wireless Facilities Siting Policies05/31/18
3060-1209Sec. 73.121602/28/19
3060-1210Wireless E911 Location Accuracy Requirements07/31/18
3060-1211Secs. 96.17, 96.21, 96.23, 96.33, 96.35, 96.39, 96.41, 96.43, 96.45, 96.51, 96.57, 96.59, 96.61, 96.63, 96.6704/30/17
3060-1212SDARS Political Broadcasting Requirements11/30/18
3060-1213FCC 17706/30/19
3060-1214Direct Access to Numbers Order, FCC 15-70, Conditions07/31/19
3060-1215Use of Spectrum Bands Above 24 GHz for Mobile Radio Services01/31/20
3060-1216Sections 73.3700(b)(4)(i)-(ii), (c), (d), (h)(5)-(6), (g)(4)03/31/19
3060-1217Ensuring Continuity of 911 Communications03/31/19
3060-1218Carriage of Digital Television Broadcast Signals05/31/19
3060-1219Connect America Fund-Alternative Connect America Cost Model Support09/30/19
3060-1220Transparency Rule Disclosures, FCC 15-24, Mobile Broadband Disclosures12/31/18
3060-1221Inmate Calling Services, One-Time Data Collection01/31/20
3060-1222Inmate Calling Services, Annual Reporting, Certification and Consumer Disclosure01/31/20
3060-1223Payment Instructions from the Eligible Entity Seeking Reimbursement from the TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund07/31/17
3060-1224Reverse Auction (Auction 1001) Incentive Payment Instructions from Reverse Auction Winning Bidder07/31/17
3060-1225National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program01/31/20
3060-1226Receiving Written Consent for Communication with Base Stations in Canada01/31/20

[82 FR 13260, Mar. 10, 2017, as amended at 83 FR 61335, Nov. 29, 2018; 84 FR 2757, Feb. 8, 2019]

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§0.409   Commission policy on private printing of FCC forms.

The Commission has established a policy regarding the printing of blank FCC forms by private companies if they elect to do so as a matter of expediency and convenience to their clients or consumers. The policy is as follows:

(a) Blank FCC forms may be reproduced by private companies at their own expense provided the following conditions are met:

(1) Use a printing process resulting in a product that is at least comparable in quality to the original document, without change to the page size, image size, configuration of pages, folds or perforations, and matching as closely as possible the paper weight, paper color and ink color.

(2) Delete in its entirety any and all U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) indicia that may appear in the margin(s).

(3) If the printer wishes to identify a foreign country in which the forms are printed, a marginal notation must be added stating “No U.S. Government funds were used to print this document.”

(4) Do not add to the form any other symbol, word or phrase that might be construed as personalizing the form or advertising on it.

(5) Except as specified above, do not delete from or add to any part of the form, or attach anything thereto.

(6) Assure that the form being reproduced is an edition currently acceptable by the Commission, which will endeavor to keep the public advised of revisions to its forms, but cannot assume responsibility to the extent of eliminating any element of risk against the use of obsolete forms.

(b) These guidelines do not apply to forms which respondents may wish to reproduce as completed facsimiles on automated equipment to satisfy application or report requirements. Requests for permission to submit such forms to the Commission should be addressed to the Office of Managing Director.

[53 FR 27861, July 25, 1988]

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Printed Publications

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§0.411   General reference materials.

The following reference materials are available in many libraries and may be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402:

(a) Statutory materials. Laws pertaining to communications are contained in Title 47 of the United States Code. Laws enacted since the printing of the last supplement to the Code are printed individually as slip laws, and these are compiled chronologically in the United States Statutes at Large. The Acts of Congress from 1910-62 pertaining to radio have been compiled in a single volume, Radio Laws of the United States (1962 ed.). See §§0.405 and 0.414.

(b) Regulatory materials—(1) The Code of Federal Regulations. The rules and regulations of the Commission are contained in chapter I of title 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Chapter I is divided into the following four subchapters, which may be purchased separately: Subchapter A—General; Subchapter B—Common Carrier Services; Subchapter C—Broadcast Radio Services; and Subchapter D—Private Radio Services. Most persons will find that they need subchapter A, containing the general rules, and one of the other volumes, depending upon their area of interest. These four volumes are revised annually to reflect changes in the rules. See §§0.406, 0.412, and 0.415. The Code of Federal Regulations is fully indexed and contains numerous finding aids. See 1 CFR appendix C.

(2) The Federal Register. As rules are adopted, amended, or repealed, the changes are published in the Federal Register, which is published daily except on legal holidays. Notices of proposed rule making, other rule making documents, statements of general policy, interpretations of general applicability, and other Commission documents having general applicability and legal effect are also published in the Federal Register. Summaries of the full Notices of proposed rule making and other rule making decisions adopted by the Commission constitute rulemaking documents for purposes of Federal Register publication. The Federal Register is fully indexed and contains numerous findings aids.

[32 FR 10571, July 19, 1967, as amended at 44 FR 39180, July 5, 1979; 51 FR 7444, Mar. 4, 1986]

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§0.413   The Commission's printed publications.

The Commission's printed publications are described in §§0.414 through 0.420. These publications may be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.

[64 FR 60722, Nov. 8, 1999]

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§0.414   The Communications Act and other statutory materials.

This publication, with packets of revised pages, contains the Communications Act of 1934, with amendments through 1964; the Administrative Procedure Act, with amendments through 1964; the Judicial Review Act; the Communications Satellite Act of 1962; and selected sections of the Criminal Code pertaining to communications. It also contains indexes to the Communications Act and the Administrative Procedure Act. Persons who do not have ready access to the United States Code, or who refer frequently to these materials, may find this volume to be useful.

[32 FR 10571, July 19, 1967]

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§0.415   The rules and regulations (looseleaf service).

(a) In this service, the rules are divided into 10 volumes, each containing several related parts. Each volume may be purchased separately from the Superintendent of Documents. The purchase price for a volume includes a subscription to replacement pages reflecting changes in the rules contained therein until such time as the volume is revised. Each volume is revised periodically, depending primarily on the frequency with which the rules it contains have been amended. When a volume is revised, the revised volume and replacement pages therefor will be furnished to those who renew their subscriptions.

(b) [Reserved]

[41 FR 21449, May 26, 1976, as amended at 45 FR 49935, July 28, 1980; 51 FR 31304, Sept. 2, 1986]

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§0.416   The Federal Communications Commission Record.

Texts adopted by the Commission or a member of its staff on delegated authority and released through the Office of Media Relations are published in the FCC Record. The FCC Record is published biweekly in pamphlet form. The pamphlets are available on a subscription basis from the Superintendent of Documents. Each biweekly pamphlet contains a table of contents and current index. A consolidated index is published on a periodic basis.

[64 FR 60722, Nov. 8, 1999]

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§0.417   The Annual Reports.

At the end of each fiscal year, the Commission publishes an Annual Report containing general information concerning the Commission and the history of regulation, a summary of developments during the year, and selected industry statistics.

[32 FR 10571, July 19, 1967]

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§0.420   Other Commission publications.

The following additional Commission publications may be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents:

(a) Statistics of Communications Common Carriers.

(b) Figure M-3, Estimated AM Ground Conductivity of the United States (set of two maps).

(c) Television Network Program Procurement Report, 2d Interim Report, Part 2, by the Office of Network Study.

[32 FR 10571, July 19, 1967, as amended at 44 FR 39180, July 5, 1979]

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Forms and Documents Available Upon Request

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§0.421   Application forms.

All forms for use in submitting applications for radio authorization, together with instructions and information as to filing such forms, may be obtained at http://www.fcc.gov/forms. For information concerning the forms to be used and filing requirements, see part 1 of this chapter and the appropriate substantive rules.

[80 FR 53749, Sept. 8, 2015]

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§0.422   Current action documents and public notices.

Documents adopted by the Commission, public notices and other public announcements are released through the Office of Media Relations. These documents are also available on the Commission's website at www.fcc.gov and can be obtained from the Commission's duplicating contractor.

[64 FR 60722, Nov. 8, 1999]

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§0.423   Information bulletins.

Information bulletins and fact sheets containing information about communications issues and the Federal Communications Commission are available on the Commission's web site at www.fcc.gov, ftp.fcc.gov or may be requested from the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau.

[64 FR 60722, Nov. 8, 1999, as amended at 67 FR 13221, Mar. 21, 2002]

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Lists Containing Information Compiled by the Commission

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§0.431   The FCC service frequency lists.

Lists of frequency assignments to radio stations authorized by the Commission are recapitulated periodically by means of an automated record system. All stations licensed by the Commission are included, except the following: Aircraft, amateur, personal (except General Mobile Radio Service), Civil Air Patrol, and disaster. The resulting documents, the FCC service frequency lists, consist of several volumes arranged by nature of service, in frequency order, including station locations, call signs and other technical particulars of each assignment. These documents are available for public inspection in Washington, D.C., in the Office of Engineering and Technology. Copies may be purchased from the Commission's duplicating contractor. See §0.465(a).

[64 FR 60722, Nov. 8, 1999]

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§0.434   Data bases and lists of authorized broadcast stations and pending broadcast applications.

Periodically the FCC makes available copies of its data bases and lists containing information about authorized broadcast stations, pending applications for such stations, and rulemaking proceedings involving amendments to the TV and FM Table of Allotments. The data bases, and the lists prepared from the data bases, contain frequencies, station locations, and other particulars. The lists are available for public inspection at the FCC's Reference Information Center at 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC. Paper copies of the lists may be purchased from the FCC's duplicating contractor; see §0.465(a). Many of the databases may be viewed at the Commission's web site at www.fcc.gov and ftp.fcc.gov under mass media services. Microfiche copies of these lists are maintained by the Reference Information Center. These lists are derived from the data bases and can be used as an alternative research source to the Broadcast Application Processing System (BAPS).

[64 FR 60722, Nov. 8, 1999]

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Public Information and Inspection of Records

Source: 74 FR 14078, Mar. 30, 2009, unless otherwise noted.

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§0.441   General.

(a) Any person desiring to obtain information from the Commission may do so by contacting the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB). Requests for information and general inquiries may be submitted by:

(1) Internet at http://www.fcc.gov/consumer-governmental-affairs or http://www.fcc.gov/foia.

(2) Telephone at 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322).

(3) TDD/TDY at 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322).

(4) Correspondence to: Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554.

(5) Visiting the Reference Information Center of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at Room CY-A257 of the Commission's main office at 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554.

(b) The Commission's FOIA Public Liaison is available to assist any person requesting information from the Commission in resolving any concerns related to a Freedom of Information Act request. Requesters may contact the FOIA Public Liaison to seek assistance on resolving disputes related to FOIA requests. See http://www.fcc.gov/foia/.

(c) The Office of Government Information Services is available to provide mediation services to help resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies. FOIA requesters may contact the Office of Government Information Services directly to seek its assistance. See http://ogis.archives.gov/.

(d) The General Counsel shall, subject to the authority of the Chairman, exercise the responsibilities of the Chief FOIA Officer specified in 5 U.S.C. 552(j).

[82 FR 4188, Jan. 13, 2017]

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§0.442   Disclosure to other Federal government agencies of information submitted to the Commission in confidence.

(a) The disclosure of records to other Federal government agencies is generally governed by the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3510, rather than the Freedom of Information Act. The acceptance of materials in confidence under §0.457 or §0.459, or any other statute, rule or Commission order, does not preclude their disclosure to other federal agencies.

(b) Information submitted to the Commission in confidence pursuant to §0.457(c)(2) and (3), (d) and (g) or §0.459, or any other statute, rule or order, may be disclosed to other agencies of the Federal government upon request or upon the Commission's own motion, provided:

(1) Specific Commission assurances against such disclosure have not been given;

(2) The other agency has established a legitimate need for the information;

(3) Disclosure is made subject to the provisions of 44 U.S.C. 3510(b); and

(4) Disclosure is not prohibited by the Privacy Act or other provisions of law.

(c) The Commission's staff may give assurances against disclosure of information to other Federal agencies only with the prior written approval of the General Counsel. In no event will assurance against disclosure to other agencies be given in advance of submission of the information to the Commission if submission is required by statute or by the provisions of this chapter; but the notice provisions of paragraph (d) of this section will apply to such required submissions.

(d)(1) Except as provided in paragraphs (d)(2) and (d)(3) of this section, a party who furnished records to the Commission with a request for confidential treatment, see §0.459, will be notified at the time that the request for disclosure is submitted and will be afforded ten calendar days in which to submit an opposition to disclosure. This notification may be made either individually or by public notice.

(2) If the agency requesting the records provides in writing to the satisfaction of the Commission that notice to the party who furnished the records to the Commission will interfere unduly with its law enforcement, national security or homeland defense activities and further states that it will notify that party of the Commission's disclosure once the potential for such interference is eliminated, the Commission will not give notice of disclosure.

(3) A party who furnished records to the Commission in confidence will not be afforded prior notice when the disclosure is made to the Comptroller General of the United States, in the Government Accountability Office. Such a party will instead be notified of disclosure of the records to the Comptroller General either individually or by public notice.

(4) If disclosure is opposed and the Commission decides to make the records available to the other agency, the party who furnished the records to the Commission will be afforded ten calendar days from the date of the ruling to move for a judicial stay of the Commission's action. If the party does not move for stay within this period, the records will be disclosed.

(e) Except as provided in paragraph (d)(3) of this section, nothing in this section is intended to govern disclosure of information to Congress or the Comptroller General.

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§0.445   Publication, availability, and use of opinions, orders, policy statements, interpretations, administrative manuals, staff instructions, and frequently requested records.

(a) Adjudicatory opinions and orders of the Commission, or its staff acting on delegated authority, are mailed or delivered by electronic means to the parties, and as part of the record, are available for inspection in accordance with §0.453.

(b) Documents adopted by the Commission or a member of its staff on delegated authority and released through the Office of Media Relations are published in the FCC Record. Older materials of this nature are available in the FCC Reports. In the event that such older materials are not published in the FCC Reports, reference should be made to the Federal Register or Pike and Fischer Communications Regulation.

(c) All rulemaking documents or summaries thereof are published in the Federal Register and are available on the Commission's Web site. The complete text of the Commission decision also is released by the Commission and is available for inspection and copying during normal business hours in the Reference Information Center, via the Electronic Document Management System (EDOCS), or as otherwise specified in the rulemaking document published in the Federal Register.

(d) Formal policy statements and interpretations designed to have general applicability are published on the Commission's Web site and in the Federal Register, the FCC Record, FCC Reports, or Pike and Fischer Communications Regulation. Commission decisions and other Commission documents not entitled formal policy statements or interpretations may contain substantive interpretations and statements regarding policy, and these are published as part of the document in the FCC Record, FCC Reports or Pike and Fischer Communications Regulation. General statements regarding policy and interpretations furnished to individuals, in correspondence or otherwise, are not ordinarily published.

(e) Copies of all records that have been released to any person under §0.461 and that because of the nature of their subject matter, the Commission determines have become or are likely to become the subject of subsequent requests for substantially the same records, or that have been requested three or more times, are made available in electronic format.

(f) If the documents described in paragraphs (a) through (d) of this section are published in the Federal Register, the FCC Record, FCC Reports, or Pike and Fischer Communications Regulation, they are indexed, and they may be relied upon, used or cited as precedent by the Commission or private parties in any manner. If they are not so published, they may not be relied upon, used or cited as precedent, except against persons who have actual notice of the document in question or by such persons against the Commission. No person is expected to comply with any requirement or policy of the Commission unless he or she has actual notice of that requirement or policy or a document stating it has been published as provided in this paragraph. Nothing in this paragraph, however, shall be construed as precluding a reference to a recent document that is pending publication.

(g) Subparts A and B of this part describe the functions of the staff and list the matters on which authority has been delegated to the staff. All general instructions to the staff and limitations upon its authority are set forth in those subparts or in decisions of the Commission published in the Federal Register. Instructions to the staff in particular matters or cases are privileged and/or protected and are not published or made available for public inspection.

(h) To the extent required to prevent a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, or to prevent disclosure of information required or authorized to be withheld by another statute, the Commission may delete identifying details or confidential information when it makes available or publishes any document described in this section. The justification for any such deletion will be fully explained in a preamble to the document.

[82 FR 4188, Jan. 13, 2017]

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§0.451   Inspection of records: Generally.

(a) Records which are routinely available for public inspection. Section 0.453 specifies those Commission records which are routinely available for public inspection and where those records may be inspected. Procedures governing requests for inspection of such records are set out in §0.460.

(b) Records which are not routinely available for public inspection. Records which are not specified in §0.453 are not routinely available for public inspection. Such records fall into three categories.

(1) The first category consists of categories of records listed in §0.457, and of particular records withheld from public inspection under §0.459. The Commission has determined that there is a statutory basis for withholding these records from public inspection. In some cases, the Commission is prohibited from permitting the inspection of records. This category also includes records that are the property of another agency that the Commission has no authority to release for inspection. In still other cases, the Commission is authorized, for reason of policy, to withhold records from inspection, but is not required to do so. As applicable, procedures governing demands by competent authority for inspection of these records are set forth in §0.463.

(2) The second category consists of records that are not specified in §0.453 or §0.457 and have not been withheld from inspection under §0.459. In some cases, these records have not been identified for listing. In other cases an individualized determination is required. Procedures governing requests for inspection of these records are set forth in §0.461. Procedures governing demands by competent authority for inspection of these records are set forth in §0.463.

(3) The third category consists of material previously released consistent with the agency's rules that the agency determines is not likely to become the subject of a subsequent FOIA request or otherwise likely to be of broader public interest.

(4) Except as provided in §0.461 and §0.463, or pursuant to §19.735-203 of this chapter, no officer or employee of the Commission shall permit the inspection of records which are not routinely available for public inspection under §0.453, or disclose information contained therein. This provision does not restrict the inspection or disclosure of records described in §0.453(b)(3).

(c) Copies. Section 0.465 applies to requests for copies of Commission records which are routinely available for public inspection under §0.453 and those which are made available for inspection under §0.461. Sections 0.467 and 0.465(c)(3) apply to requests for certified copies of Commission records.

(d) Search and copying fees. Section 0.465(c)(2) prescribes the per page fee for copying records made available for inspection under §0.460 or §0.461. Section 0.466 prescribes fees to cover the expense of searching for and reviewing records made available for inspection under §0.460 or §0.461. Review of initial fee determinations under §0.467 through §0.470 and initial fee reduction or waiver determinations under §0.470(e) may be sought under §0.461(j).

Note to paragraph (d): The Commission may require advance payment pursuant to §0.469 before releasing documents.

[82 FR 4189, Jan. 13, 2017]

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§0.453   Public reference rooms.

The Commission's main Web site at http://www.fcc.gov and its electronic reading room at http://www.fcc.gov/general/freedom-information-act-electronic-reading-room host the Commission's online public reference room. The Commission also maintains the FCC Reference Information Center as its public reference room at its offices in Washington, DC.

(a) The Reference Information Center maintains files containing the record of all docketed cases, petitions for rule making and related papers. A file is maintained for each docketed hearing case and for each docketed rule making proceeding. Cards summarizing the history of such cases for the years before 1984 are available for inspection. Information summarizing the history of such cases for the years from 1984 through present is available online on the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). ECFS serves as the repository for official filings in the FCC's docketed proceedings from 1992 to the present. The public can use ECFS to retrieve any document in the system, including selected pre-1992 documents.

(b) The Commission will maintain a regularly updated listing of other routinely available records in its electronic reading room at http://www.fcc.gov/general/freedom-information-act-electronic-reading-room.

[82 FR 4189, Jan. 13, 2017]

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§0.457   Records not routinely available for public inspection.

The records listed in this section are not routinely available for public inspection pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552(b). The records are listed in this section by category, according to the statutory basis for withholding those records from inspection; under each category, if appropriate, the underlying policy considerations affecting the withholding and disclosure of records in that category are briefly outlined. The Commission will entertain requests from members of the public under §0.461 for permission to inspect particular records withheld from inspection under the provisions of this section, and will weigh the policy considerations favoring non-disclosure against the reasons cited for permitting inspection in the light of the facts of the particular case. In making such requests, there may be more than one basis for withholding particular records from inspection. The Commission will permit inspection of records unless Commission staff reasonably foresees that disclosure would harm an interest protected by the exemptions described in 5 U.S.C. 552(b) or where disclosure is prohibited by law. The listing of records by category is not intended to imply the contrary but is solely for the information and assistance of persons making such requests. Requests to inspect or copy the transcripts, recordings or minutes of closed agency meetings will be considered under §0.607 rather than under the provisions of this section.

(a) Materials that are specifically authorized under criteria established by Executive Order (E.O.) to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy and are in fact properly classified pursuant to such Executive Order, 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(1).

(1) Classified materials and information will not be made available for public inspection, including materials classified under E.O. 10450, “Security Requirements for Government Employees”; E.O. 10501, as amended, “Safeguarding Official Information in the Interests of the Defense of the United States”; and E.O. 13526, “Classified National Security Information,” or any other executive order concerning the classification of records. See also 47 U.S.C. 154(j).

(2) Materials referred to another Federal agency for classification will not be disclosed while such a determination is pending.

(b) Materials that are related solely to the internal personnel rules and practices of the Commission, 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(2).

(c) Materials that are specifically exempted from disclosure by statute (other than the Government in the Sunshine Act, 5 U.S.C. 552b, provided that such statute either requires that the materials be withheld from the public in such a manner as to leave no discretion on the issue, or establishes particular criteria for withholding or refers to particular types of materials to be withheld), 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(3). The Commission is authorized under the following statutory provisions to withhold materials from public inspection.

(1) Section 4(j) of the Communications Act, 47 U.S.C. 154(j), provides, in part, that, “The Commission is authorized to withhold publication of records or proceedings containing secret information affecting the national defense.” Pursuant to that provision, it has been determined that the following materials should be withheld from public inspection (see also paragraph (a) of this section):

(i) Maps showing the exact location of submarine cables.

(ii) Minutes of Commission actions on classified matters.

(iii) Maps of nation-wide point-to-point microwave networks.

(2) Under section 213 of the Communications Act, 47 U.S.C. 213(f), the Commission is authorized to order, with the reasons therefor, that records and data pertaining to the valuation of the property of common carriers and furnished to the Commission by the carriers pursuant to the provisions of that section, shall not be available for public inspection. If such an order has been issued, the data and records will be withheld from public inspection, except under the provisions of §0.461. Normally, however, such data and information is available for inspection.

(3) Under section 412 of the Communications Act, 47 U.S.C. 412, the Commission may withhold from public inspection certain contracts, agreements and arrangements between common carriers relating to foreign wire or radio communication. Any person may file a petition requesting that such materials be withheld from public inspection. To support such action, the petition must show that the contract, agreement or arrangement relates to foreign wire or radio communications; that its publication would place American communication companies at a disadvantage in meeting the competition of foreign communication companies; and that the public interest would be served by keeping its terms confidential. If the Commission orders that such materials be kept confidential, they will be made available for inspection only under the provisions of §0.461.

(4) Section 605 of the Communications Act, 47 U.S.C. 605(a), provides, in part, that, “no person not being authorized by the sender shall intercept any communication [by wire or radio] and divulge or publish the existence, contents, substance, purport, effect, or meaning of such intercepted communications to any person.” In executing its responsibilities, the Commission regularly monitors radio transmissions. Except as required for the enforcement of the communications laws, treaties and the provisions of this chapter, or as authorized in sec. 605, the Commission is prohibited from divulging information obtained in the course of these monitoring activities; and such information, and materials relating thereto, will not be made available for public inspection.

(5) The Trade Secrets Act, 18 U.S.C. 1905, prohibits the unauthorized disclosure of certain confidential information. See paragraph (d) of this section and §19.735-203 of this chapter.

(d) Trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from any person and privileged or confidential—categories of materials not routinely available for public inspection, 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4) and 18 U.S.C. 1905. (1) The materials listed in this paragraph have been accepted, or are being accepted, by the Commission on a confidential basis pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4). To the extent indicated in each case, the materials are not routinely available for public inspection. If the protection afforded is sufficient, it is unnecessary for persons submitting such materials to submit therewith a request for non-disclosure pursuant to §0.459. A persuasive showing as to the reasons for inspection will be required in requests submitted under §0.461 for inspection of such materials.

(i) Financial reports submitted by radio or television licensees.

(ii) Applications for equipment authorizations (type acceptance, type approval, certification, or advance approval of subscription television systems), and materials relating to such applications, are not routinely available for public inspection prior to the effective date of the authorization. The effective date of the authorization will, upon request, be deferred to a date no earlier than that specified by the applicant. Following the effective date of the authorization, the application and related materials (including technical specifications and test measurements) will be made available for inspection upon request (see §0.460). Portions of applications for equipment certification of scanning receivers and related materials will not be made available for inspection.

(iii) Information submitted in connection with audits, investigations and examination of records pursuant to 47 U.S.C. 220.

(iv) Programming contracts between programmers and multichannel video programming distributors.

(v) The rates, terms and conditions in any agreement between a U.S. carrier and a foreign carrier that govern the settlement of U.S.-international traffic, including the method for allocating return traffic, except as otherwise specified by the Commission by order or by the International Bureau under delegated authority. See, e.g., International Settlements Policy Reform, IB Docket Nos. 11-80, 05-254, 09-10, RM-11322, Report and Order, FCC 12-145 (rel. Nov. 29, 2012).

(vi) Outage reports filed under part 4 of this chapter.

(vii) The following records, relating to coordination of satellite systems pursuant to procedures codified in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio Regulations:

(A) Records of communications between the Commission and the ITU related to the international coordination process, and

(B) Documents prepared in connection with coordination, notification, and recording of frequency assignments and Plan modifications, including but not limited to minutes of meetings, supporting exhibits, supporting correspondence, and documents and correspondence prepared in connection with operator-to-operator arrangements.

(viii) Information submitted with a 911 reliability certification pursuant to 47 CFR 12.4 that consists of descriptions and documentation of alternative measures to mitigate the risks of nonconformance with certification elements, information detailing specific corrective actions taken with respect to certification elements, or supplemental information requested by the Commission with respect to such certification.

(ix) Confidential Broadcaster Information, as defined in §1.2206(d) of this chapter, submitted by a broadcast television licensee in a broadcast television spectrum reverse auction conducted under section 6403 of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Pub. L. 112-96) (the “Spectrum Act”), or in the application to participate in such a reverse auction, is not routinely available for public inspection until the reassignments and reallocations under section 6403(b)(1)(B) of the Spectrum Act become effective or until two years after public notice that the reverse auction is complete and that no such reassignments and reallocations shall become effective. In the event that reassignments and reallocations under section 6403(b)(1)(B) of the Spectrum Act become effective, Confidential Broadcaster Information pertaining to any unsuccessful reverse auction bid or pertaining to any unsuccessful application to participate in such a reverse auction will not be routinely available for public inspection until two years after the effective date.

(x) Copyrighted materials the release of which would have a substantial adverse effect on the copyright holder's potential market, except to the extent such a release can be considered fair use.

(xi) Lists and updates of U.S.-international routes for which a carrier has an arrangement with a foreign carrier for direct termination in the foreign destination provided pursuant to §63.22(h) of this chapter.

Note to paragraph (d)(1): The content of the communications described in paragraph (d)(1)(vii)(A) of this section is in some circumstances separately available through the ITU's publication process, or through records available in connection with the Commission's licensing procedures.

(2) Unless the materials to be submitted are listed in paragraph (d)(1) of this section and the protection thereby afforded is adequate, any person who submits materials which he or she wishes withheld from public inspection under 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4) must submit a request for non-disclosure pursuant to §0.459. If it is shown in the request that the materials contain trade secrets or privileged or confidential commercial, financial or technical data, the materials will not be made routinely available for inspection; and a persuasive showing as to the reasons for inspection will be required in requests for inspection submitted under §0.461. In the absence of a request for non-disclosure, the Commission may, in the unusual instance, determine on its own motion that the materials should not be routinely available for public inspection.

(e) Interagency and intra-agency memoranda or letters, 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(5). Interagency and intra-agency memoranda or letters and the work papers of members of the Commission or its staff will not be made available for public inspection, except in accordance with the procedures set forth in §0.461. Normally such papers are privileged and not available to private parties through the discovery process, because their disclosure would tend to restrain the commitment of ideas to writing, would tend to inhibit communication among Government personnel, and would, in some cases, involve premature disclosure of their contents. The Commission will not use this deliberative process exemption to withhold records created 25 years or more before the date on which the request was received.

(f) Personnel, medical and other files whose disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(6). Under E.O. 12107, the Commission maintains an Official Personnel Folder for each of its employees. Such folders are under the jurisdiction and control, and are a part of the records, of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Except as provided in the rules of the Office of Personnel Management (5 CFR 293.311), such folders will not be made available for public inspection by the Commission. In addition, other records of the Commission containing private, personal or financial information will be withheld from public inspection.

(g) Under 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(7), records compiled for law enforcement purposes, to the extent that production of such records:

(1) Could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings;

(2) Would deprive a person of a right to fair trial or an impartial adjudication;

(3) Could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy;

(4) Could reasonably be expected to disclose the identity of a confidential source;

(5) Would disclose investigative techniques or procedures or would disclose investigative guidelines if such disclosure could reasonably be expected to risk circumvention of the law; or

(6) Could reasonably be expected to endanger the life or physical safety of any individual.

[82 FR 4189, Jan. 13, 2017, as amended at 82 FR 55331, Nov. 21, 2017]

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§0.458   Nonpublic information.

Any person regulated by or practicing before the Commission coming into possession of written nonpublic information (including written material transmitted in electronic form) as described in §19.735-203(a) of this chapter under circumstances where it appears that its release was inadvertent or otherwise unauthorized shall be obligated to and shall promptly return the information to the Commission's Office of Inspector General without further distribution or use. See 47 CFR 19.735-203.

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§0.459   Requests that materials or information submitted to the Commission be withheld from public inspection.

(a)(1) Procedures applicable to filings in non-electronic proceedings. Any person submitting information or materials to the Commission may submit therewith a request that such information not be made routinely available for public inspection. (If the materials are specifically listed in §0.457, such a request is unnecessary.) A copy of the request shall be attached to and shall cover all of the materials to which it applies and all copies of those materials. If feasible, the materials to which the request applies shall be physically separated from any materials to which the request does not apply; if this is not feasible, the portion of the materials to which the request applies shall be identified. In the latter circumstance, where confidential treatment is sought only for a portion of a document, the person submitting the document shall submit a redacted version for the public file.

(2) Procedures applicable to filings in electronic proceedings. In proceedings to which the electronic filing requirements set forth in §1.49(f) of this chapter apply, a party seeking confidential treatment of a portion of a filing must submit in electronic format either a redacted version of the document or an affidavit that it is impossible to submit a redacted document consistent with the filing requirements of this section. Where a party demonstrates that even the fact of a filing must remain confidential, and that this is consistent with the requirements of this section, this affidavit may be filed in paper format under seal.

(3) Comments and other materials may not be submitted by means of the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) with a request for confidential treatment under this section.

(4) The Commission may use abbreviated means for indicating that the submitter of a record seeks confidential treatment, such as a checkbox enabling the submitter to indicate that the record is confidential. However, upon receipt of a request for inspection of such records pursuant to §0.461, the submitter will be notified of such request pursuant to §0.461(d)(3) and will be requested to justify the confidential treatment of the record, as set forth in paragraph (b) of this section.

(b) Except as provided in §0.459(a)(3), each such request shall contain a statement of the reasons for withholding the materials from inspection (see §0.457) and of the facts upon which those records are based, including:

(1) Identification of the specific information for which confidential treatment is sought;

(2) Identification of the Commission proceeding in which the information was submitted or a description of the circumstances giving rise to the submission;

(3) Explanation of the degree to which the information is commercial or financial, or contains a trade secret or is privileged;

(4) Explanation of the degree to which the information concerns a service that is subject to competition;

(5) Explanation of how disclosure of the information could result in substantial competitive harm;

(6) Identification of any measures taken by the submitting party to prevent unauthorized disclosure;

(7) Identification of whether the information is available to the public and the extent of any previous disclosure of the information to third parties;

(8) Justification of the period during which the submitting party asserts that material should not be available for public disclosure; and

(9) Any other information that the party seeking confidential treatment believes may be useful in assessing whether its request for confidentiality should be granted.

(c) Casual requests (including simply stamping pages “confidential”) which do not comply with the requirements of paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section will not be considered.

(d)(1) If a response in opposition to a confidentiality request is filed, the party requesting confidentiality may file a reply within ten business days. All responses or replies filed under this paragraph must be served on all parties.

(2) Requests which comply with the requirements of paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section will be acted upon by the appropriate custodian of records (see §0.461(d)(1)), who is directed to grant the request if it demonstrates by a preponderance of the evidence that non-disclosure is consistent with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552. If the request for confidentiality is granted, the ruling will be placed in the public file in lieu of the materials withheld from public inspection.

(3) The Commission may defer acting on requests that materials or information submitted to the Commission be withheld from public inspection until a request for inspection has been made pursuant to §0.460 or §0.461. The information will be accorded confidential treatment, as provided for in §0.459(g) and §0.461, until the Commission acts on the confidentiality request and all subsequent appeal and stay proceedings have been exhausted.

(e) If the materials are submitted voluntarily (i.e., absent any requirement by statute, regulation, or the Commission), the person submitting them may request the Commission to return the materials without consideration if the request for confidentiality should be denied. In that event, the materials will ordinarily be returned (e.g., an application will be returned if it cannot be considered on a confidential basis). Only in the unusual instance where the public interest so requires will the materials be made available for public inspection. However, no materials submitted with a request for confidentiality will be returned if a request for inspection has been filed under §0.461. If submission of the materials is required by the Commission and the request for confidentiality is denied, the materials will be made available for public inspection once the period for review of the denial has passed.

(f) If no request for confidentiality is submitted, the Commission assumes no obligation to consider the need for non-disclosure but, in the unusual instance, may determine on its own motion that the materials should be withheld from public inspection. See §0.457(d).

(g) If a request for confidentiality is denied, the person who submitted the request may, within ten business days, file an application for review by the Commission. If the application for review is denied, the person who submitted the request will be afforded ten business days in which to seek a judicial stay of the ruling. If these periods expire without action by the person who submitted the request, the materials will be returned to the person who submitted them or will be placed in a public file. Notice of denial and of the time for seeking review or a judicial stay will be given by telephone, with follow-up notice in writing. The first day to be counted in computing the time periods established in this paragraph is the day after the date of oral notice. Materials will be accorded confidential treatment, as provided in §0.459(g) and §0.461, until the Commission acts on any timely applications for review of an order denying a request for confidentiality, and until a court acts on any timely motion for stay of such an order denying confidential treatment.

(h) If the request for confidentiality is granted, the status of the materials is the same as that of materials listed in §0.457. Any person wishing to inspect them may submit a request for inspection under §0.461.

(i) Third party owners of materials submitted to the Commission by another party may participate in the proceeding resolving the confidentiality of the materials.

[74 FR 14078, Mar. 30, 2009, as amended at 76 FR 24389, May 2, 2011]

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§0.460   Requests for inspection of records which are routinely available for public inspection.

(a) Section 0.453 specifies those Commission records which are routinely available for public inspection and the places at which those records may be inspected. Subject to the limitations set out in this section, a person who wants to inspect such records need only appear at the Reference Information Center and ask to see the records. Many records also are available on the Commission's Web site, http://www.fcc.gov and the Commission's electronic reading room, http://www.fcc.gov/general/freedom-information-act-electronic-reading-room. Commission documents are generally published in the FCC Record, and many of these documents or summaries thereof are also published in the Federal Register.

(b) A person who wishes to inspect the records must appear at the specified location during the office hours of the Commission and must inspect the records at that location. (Procedures governing requests for copies are set out in §0.465.) However, arrangements may be made in advance, by telephone or by correspondence, to make the records available for inspection on a particular date, and there are many circumstances in which such advance arrangements will save inconvenience. If the request is for a large number of documents, for example, a delay in collecting them is predictable. Current records may be in use by the staff when the request is made. Older records may have been forwarded to another location for storage.

(c) The records in question must be reasonably described by the person requesting them to permit their location by staff personnel. The information needed to locate the records will vary, depending on the records requested. Advice concerning the kind of information needed to locate particular records will be furnished in advance upon request. Members of the public will not be given access to the area in which records are kept and will not be permitted to search the files.

(d) If it appears that there will be an appreciable delay in locating or producing the records (as where a large number of documents is the subject of a single request or where an extended search for a document appears to be necessary), the requester may be directed to submit or confirm the request in writing in appropriate circumstances.

(e)(1) Written requests for records routinely available for public inspection under §0.453 shall be directed to the Commission's Reference Information Center pursuant to the procedures set forth in §0.465. Requests shall set out all information known to the person making the request which would be helpful in identifying and locating the document, including the date range of the records sought, if applicable. Upon request by Commission staff, the requester shall provide his or her street address, phone number (if any), and email address (if any). Written requests shall, in addition, specify the maximum search fee the person making the request is prepared to pay (see §0.467).

(2) Written requests shall be delivered or mailed directly to the Commission's Reference Information Center (see §0.465(a)).

(f) When a written request is received by the Reference Information Center, it will be date-stamped.

(g) All requests limited to records listed in §0.453 will be granted, subject to paragraph (j) of this section.

(h) The records will be produced for inspection at the earliest possible time.

(i) Records shall be inspected within 7 days after notice is given that they have been located and are available for inspection. After that period, they will be returned to storage and additional charges may be imposed for again producing them.

(j) In addition to the other requirements of this section, the following provisions apply to the reports filed with the Commission pursuant to 5 CFR parts 2634 and 3902.

(1) Such reports shall not be obtained or used:

(i) For any unlawful purpose;

(ii) For any commercial purpose, other than by news and communications media for dissemination to the general public;

(iii) For determining or establishing the credit rating of any individual; or

(iv) For use, directly or indirectly, in the solicitation of money for any political, charitable, or other purpose.

(2) Such reports may not be made available to any person nor may any copy thereof be provided to any person except upon a written application by such person stating:

(i) That person's name, occupation and address;

(ii) The name and address of any other person or organization on whose behalf the inspection or copying is requested; and

(iii) That such person is aware of the prohibitions on the obtaining or use of the report. Further, any such application for inspection shall be made available to the public throughout the period during which the report itself is made available to the public.

[82 FR 4191, Jan. 13, 2017]

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§0.461   Requests for inspection of materials not routinely available for public inspection.

Any person desiring to inspect Commission records that are not specified in §0.453 shall file a request for inspection meeting the requirements of this section. The FOIA Public Liaison is available to assist persons seeking records under this section. See §0.441(a).

(a)(1) Records include:

(i) Any information that would be an agency record subject to the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act when maintained by the Commission in any format, including an electronic format; and

(ii) Any information maintained for the Commission by an entity under Government contract.

(2) The records in question must be reasonably described by the person requesting them to permit personnel to locate them with a reasonable amount of effort. Whenever possible, a request should include specific information about each record sought, such as the title or name, author, recipient, and subject matter of the record. Requests must also specify the date or time period for the records sought. The custodian of records sought may contact the requester to obtain further information about the records sought to assist in locating them.

(3) The person requesting records under this section may specify the form or format of the records to be produced provided that the records may be made readily reproducible in the requested form or format.

(b)(1) Requests shall reasonably describe, for each document requested (see §0.461(a)(1)), all information known to the person making the request that would be helpful in identifying and locating the document, including the date range of the records sought, if applicable, and the persons/offices to be searched, if known. Upon request by Commission staff, the requester shall provide his or her street address, phone number (if any), and email address (if any).

(2) The request shall, in addition, specify the maximum search fee the person making the request is prepared to pay or a request for waiver or reduction of fees if the requester is eligible (see §0.470(e)). By filing a FOIA request, the requester agrees to pay all applicable fees charged under §0.467, unless the person making the request seeks a waiver of fees (see §0.470(e)), in which case the Commission will rule on the waiver request before proceeding with the search.

(c) If the records are of the kinds listed in §0.457 or if they have been withheld from inspection under §0.459, the request shall, in addition, contain a statement of the reasons for inspection and the facts in support thereof. In the case of other materials, no such statement need accompany the request, but the custodian of the records may require the submission of such a statement if he or she determines that the materials in question may lawfully be withheld from inspection.

(d)(1) Requests shall be

(i) Filed electronically though the Internet at http://foiaonline.regulations.gov/; or

(ii) Delivered or mailed to the Managing Director, Attn: FOIA Request, FCC, 445 12th Street SW., Room 1-A836, Washington, DC 20554.

(2) For purposes of this section, the custodian of the records is the Chief of the Bureau or Office where the records are located. The Chief of the Bureau or Office may designate an appropriate person to act on a FOIA request. The Chief of the Bureau or Office may also designate an appropriate person to sign the response to any FOIA request. See §0.461(m).

(3) If the request is for materials submitted to the Commission by third parties and not open to routine public inspection under §0.457(d), §0.459, or another Commission rule or order, or if a request for confidentiality is pending pursuant to §0.459, or if the custodian of records has reason to believe that the information may contain confidential commercial information, one copy of the request will be provided by the custodian of the records (see paragraph (e) of this section) to the person who originally submitted the materials to the Commission. If there are many persons who originally submitted the records and are entitled to notice under this paragraph, the custodian of records may use a public notice to notify the submitters of the request for inspection. The submitter or submitters will be given ten calendar days to respond to the FOIA request. See §0.459(d)(1). If a submitter has any objection to disclosure, he or she is required to submit a detailed written statement specifying all grounds for withholding any portion of the information (see §0.459). This response shall be served on the party seeking to inspect the records. The requester may submit a reply within ten calendar days unless a different period is specified by the custodian of records. The reply shall be served on all parties that filed a response. In the event that a submitter fails to respond within the time specified, the submitter will be considered to have no objection to disclosure of the information.

Note to paragraph (d)(3): Under the ex parte rules, §1.1206(a)(7) of this chapter, a proceeding involving a FOIA request is a permit-but-disclose proceeding, but is subject to the special service rules in this paragraph. We also note that while the FOIA request itself is a permit-but-disclose proceeding, a pleading in a FOIA proceeding may also constitute a presentation in another proceeding if it addresses the merits of that proceeding.

(e)(1) When the request is received by the Managing Director, it will be assigned to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Control Office, where it will be entered into the FOIAonline system. The request will be reviewed and, if it is determined that the request meets all the requirements of a proper FOIA request, will be designated as perfected. A FOIA request is then considered properly received. This will occur no later than ten calendar days after the request is first received by the agency.

(2)(i) Except for the purpose of making a determination regarding expedited processing under paragraph (h) of this section, the time for processing a request for inspection of records will be tolled

(A) While the custodian of records seeks reasonable clarification of the request;

(B) Until clarification with the requester of issues regarding fee assessment occurs, including:

(1) Where the amount of fees authorized is less than the estimated cost for completing the production;

(2) Following the denial of a fee waiver, unless the requester had provided a written statement agreeing to pay the fees if the fee waiver was denied;

(3) Where advance payment is required pursuant to §0.469 and has not been made.

(ii) Only one Commission request for information shall be deemed to toll the time for processing a request for inspection of records under paragraph (e)(2)(i)(A) of this section. Such request must be made no later than ten calendar days after a request is properly received by the custodian of records under paragraph (e)(1) of this section.

(3) The FOIA Control Office will send an acknowledgement to the requester notifying the requester of the control number assigned to the request, the due date of the response, and the telephone contact number (202-418-0440) to be used by the requester to obtain the status of the request. Requesters may also obtain the status of an FOIA request via email at [email protected] or by viewing their request at http://foiaonline.regulations.gov/.

(4) Multiple FOIA requests by the same or different FOIA requesters may be consolidated for disposition. See also §0.470(b)(2).

(f) Requests for inspection of records will be acted on as follows by the custodian of the records.

(1) If the Commission is prohibited from disclosing the records in question, the request for inspection will be denied with a statement setting forth the specific grounds for denial.

(2)(i) If records in the possession of the Commission are the property of another agency, the request will be referred to that agency and the person who submitted the request will be so advised, with the reasons for referral.

(ii) If it is determined that the FOIA request seeks only records of another agency or department, the FOIA requester will be so informed by the FOIA Control Officer and will be directed to the correct agency or department.

(iii) If the records in the possession of the Commission involve the equities of another agency, the Commission will consult with that agency prior to releasing the records.

(3) If it is determined that the Commission does not have authority to withhold the records from public inspection, the request will be granted.

(4) If it is determined that the Commission has authority to withhold the records from public inspection, the considerations favoring disclosure and non-disclosure will be weighed in light of the facts presented, and the Commission may, at its discretion, grant the request in full or in part, or deny the request.

(5) If there is a statutory basis for withholding part of a document from inspection, to the extent that portion is reasonably segregable, that part will be deleted and the remainder will be made available for inspection. Unless doing so would harm an interest protected by an applicable exemption, records disclosed in part shall be marked or annotated, if technically feasible, to show the amount of information deleted, the location of the information deleted, and the exemption under which the deletion is made.

(6) In locating and recovering records responsive to an FOIA request, only those records within the Commission's possession and control as of the date a request is perfected shall be considered.

(g)(1) The custodian of the records will make every effort to act on the request within twenty business days after it is received and perfected by the FOIA Control Office. However, if a request for clarification has been made under paragraph (e)(2)(i)(A) of this section or an issue is outstanding regarding the payment of fees for processing the FOIA request is pending under paragraph (e)(2)(i)(B) of this section, the counting of time will start upon resolution of these requests. If it is not possible to locate the records and to determine whether they should be made available for inspection within twenty business days, the custodian may, upon timely notice to the requester, extend the time for action by up to ten business days, in any of the following circumstances:

(i) It is necessary to search for and collect the requested records from field facilities or other establishments that are separate from the office processing the request.

(ii) It is necessary to search for, collect and appropriately examine a voluminous amount of separate and distinct records which are demanded in a single request; or

(iii) It is necessary to consult with another agency having a substantial interest in the determination of the request, or among two or more components of the Commission having substantial subject matter interest therein.

(2) The custodian of the records will notify the requester in writing of any extension of time exercised pursuant to paragraph (g) of this section. The custodian of the records may also call the requester to extend the time provided a subsequent written confirmation is provided. If it is not possible to locate the records and make the determination within the extended period, the person or persons who made the request will be provided an opportunity to limit the scope of the request so that it may be processed within the extended time limit, or an opportunity to arrange an alternative time frame for processing the request or a modified request, and asked to consent to an extension or further extension. If the requester agrees to an extension, the custodian of the records will confirm the agreement in a letter or email specifying the length of the agreed-upon extension. If he or she does not agree to an extension, the request will be denied, on the grounds that the custodian has not been able to locate the records and/or to make the determination within the period for a ruling mandated by the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552. In that event, the custodian will provide the requester with the records, if any, that could be located and produced within the allotted time. The requester may file an application for review by the Commission.

(3) If the custodian of the records grants a request for inspection of records submitted to the Commission in confidence under §0.457(d), §0.459, or some other Commission rule or order, the custodian of the records will give the submitter written notice of the decision and of the submitter's right to seek review pursuant to paragraph (i) of this section.

(h)(1) Requesters who seek expedited processing of FOIA requests shall submit such requests, along with their FOIA requests, to the Managing Director, as described in paragraph (d) of this section.

(2) Expedited processing shall be granted to a requester demonstrating a compelling need that is certified by the requester to be true and correct to the best of his or her knowledge and belief. Simply stating that the request should be expedited is not a sufficient basis to obtain expedited processing.

(3) For purposes of this section, compelling need means—

(i) That failure to obtain requested records on an expedited basis could reasonably be expected to pose an imminent threat to the life or physical safety of an individual; or

(ii) With respect to a request made by a person primarily engaged in disseminating information, there is an urgency to inform the public concerning actual or alleged Federal Government activity.

(4)(i) Notice of the determination whether to grant expedited processing shall be provided to the requester by the custodian of records within ten calendar days after receipt of the request by the FOIA Control Office. Once the determination has been made to grant expedited processing, the custodian shall process the FOIA request as soon as practicable.

(ii) If a request for expedited processing is denied, the person seeking expedited processing may file an application for review within five business days after the date of the written denial. The application for review shall be delivered or mailed to the General Counsel. (For general procedures relating to applications for review, see §1.115 of this chapter.) The Commission shall act expeditiously on the application for review, and shall notify the custodian of records and the requester of the disposition of such an application for review.

(i)(1) If a request for inspection of records submitted to the Commission in confidence under §0.457(d), §0.459, or another Commission rule or order is granted in whole or in part, an application for review may be filed by the person who submitted the records to the Commission, by a third party owner of the records or by a person with a personal privacy interest in the records, or by the person who filed the request for inspection of records within the ten business days after the date of the written ruling. The application for review shall be filed within ten business days after the date of the written ruling, shall be delivered or mailed to the General Counsel, or sent via email to [email protected], and shall be served on the person who filed the request for inspection of records and any other parties to the proceeding. The person who filed the request for inspection of records may respond to the application for review within ten business days after it is filed.

(2) The first day to be counted in computing the time period for filing the application for review is the day after the date of the written ruling. An application for review is considered filed when it is received by the Commission. If an application for review is not filed within this period, the records will be produced for inspection.

(3) If an application for review is denied, the person filing the application for review will be notified in writing and advised of his or her rights. A denial of an application for review is not subject to a petition for reconsideration under §1.106 of this chapter.

(4) If an application for review filed by the person who submitted, owns, or has a personal privacy interest in the records to the Commission is denied, or if the records are made available on review which were not initially made available, the person will be afforded ten business days from the date of the written ruling in which to move for a judicial stay of the Commission's action. The first day to be counted in computing the time period for seeking a judicial stay is the day after the date of the written ruling. If a motion for stay is not made within this period, the records will be produced for inspection.

(j) Except as provided in paragraph (i) of this section, an application for review of an initial action on a request for inspection of records, a fee determination (see §0.467 through §0.470), or a fee reduction or waiver decision (see §0.470(e)) may be filed only by the person who made the request. The application shall be filed within 90 calendar days after the date of the written ruling by the custodian of records. An application for review is considered filed when it is received by the Commission. The application shall be delivered or mailed to the General Counsel, or sent via email to [email protected] If the proceeding involves records subject to confidential treatment under §0.457 or §0.459, or involves a person with an interest as described in §0.461(i), the application for review shall be served on such persons. That person may file a response within 14 calendar days after the application for review is filed. If the records are made available for review, the person who submitted them to the Commission will be afforded 14 calendar days after the date of the written ruling to seek a judicial stay. See paragraph (i) of this section. The first day to be counted in computing the time period for filing the application for review or seeking a judicial stay is the day after the date of the written ruling.

Note to paragraphs (i) and (j): The General Counsel may review applications for review with the custodian of records and attempt to informally resolve outstanding issues with the consent of the requester. For general procedures relating to applications for review, see §1.115 of this chapter.

(k)(1)(i) The Commission will make every effort to act on an application for review of an action on a request for inspection of records within twenty business days after it is filed. In the following circumstances and to the extent time has not been extended under paragraphs (g)(1)(i), (ii), or (iii) of this section, the Commission may extend the time for acting on the application for review up to ten business days. (The total period of extensions taken under this paragraph and under paragraph (g) of this section without the consent of the person who submitted the request shall not exceed ten business days.):

(A) It is necessary to search for and collect the requested records from field facilities or other establishments that are separate from the office processing the request;

(B) It is necessary to search for, collect and appropriately examine a voluminous amount of separate and distinct records which are demanded in a single request; or

(C) It is necessary to consult with another agency having a substantial interest in the determination of the request or among two or more components of the Commission having substantial subject matter interest therein.

(ii) If these circumstances are not present, the person who made the request may be asked to consent to an extension or further extension. If the requester or person who made the request agrees to an extension, the General Counsel will confirm the agreement in a letter specifying the length of the agreed-upon extension. If the requestor or person who made the request does not agree to an extension, the Commission will continue to search for and/or assess the records and will advise the person who made the request of further developments; but that person may file a complaint in an appropriate United States district court.

(2) The Commission may at its discretion or upon request consolidate for consideration related applications for review filed under paragraph (i) or (j) of this section.

(l)(1) Subject to the application for review and judicial stay provisions of paragraphs (i) and (j) of this section, if the request is granted, the records will be produced for inspection at the earliest possible time.

(2) If a request for inspection of records becomes the subject of an action for judicial review before the custodian of records has acted on the request, or before the Commission has acted on an application for review, the Commission may continue to consider the request for production of records.

(m) Staff orders and letters ruling on requests for inspection are signed by the official (or officials) who give final approval of their contents. Decisions of the Commission ruling on applications for review will set forth the names of the Commissioners participating in the decision.

[82 FR 4192, Jan. 13, 2017]

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§0.463   Disclosure of Commission records and information in legal proceedings in which the Commission is a non-party.

(a) This section sets forth procedures to be followed with respect to the production or disclosure of any material within the custody and control of the Commission, any information relating to such material, or any information acquired by any person while employed by the Commission as part of the person's official duties or because of the person's official status.

(b) In the event that a demand is made by a court or other competent authority outside the Commission for the production of records or testimony (e.g., a subpoena, order, or other demand), the General Counsel shall promptly be advised of such demand, the nature of the records or testimony sought, and all other relevant facts and circumstances. The General Counsel, in consultation with the Managing Director, will thereupon issue such instructions as he or she may deem advisable consistent with this subpart.

(c) A party in a court or administrative legal proceeding in which the Commission is a non-party who wishes to obtain records or testimony from the Commission shall submit a written request to the General Counsel. Such request must be accompanied by a statement setting forth the nature of the proceeding (including any relevant supporting documentation, e.g., a copy of the Complaint), the relevance of the records or testimony to the proceeding (including a proffer concerning the anticipated scope and duration of the testimony), a showing that other evidence reasonably suited to the requester's needs is not available from any other source (including a request submitted pursuant to §0.460 or §0.461 of the Commission's rules), and any other information that may be relevant to the Commission's consideration of the request for records or testimony. The purpose of the foregoing requirements is to assist the General Counsel in making an informed decision regarding whether the production of records or the testimony should be authorized.

(d) In deciding whether to authorize the release of records or to permit the testimony of present or former Commission personnel, the General Counsel, in consultation with the Managing Director, shall consider the following factors:

(1) Whether the request or demand would involve the Commission in issues or controversies unrelated to the Commission's mission;

(2) Whether the request or demand is unduly burdensome;

(3) Whether the time and money of the Commission and/or the United States would be used for private purposes;

(4) The extent to which the time of employees for conducting official business would be compromised;

(5) Whether the public might misconstrue variances between personal opinions of employees and Commission policy;

(6) Whether the request or demand demonstrates that the records or testimony sought are relevant and material to the underlying proceeding, unavailable from other sources, and whether the request is reasonable in its scope;

(7) Whether, if the request or demand were granted, the number of similar requests would have a cumulative effect on the expenditure of Commission resources;

(8) Whether the requestor has agreed to pay search and review fees as set forth in §0.467 of this subpart;

(9) Whether disclosure of the records or the testimony sought would otherwise be inappropriate under the circumstances; and

(10) Any other factor that is appropriate.

(e) Among those demands and requests in response to which compliance will not ordinarily be authorized are those with respect to which any of the following factors exist:

(1) Disclosure of the records or the testimony would violate a statute, Executive Order, rule, or regulation;

(2) The integrity of the administrative and deliberative processes of the Commission would be compromised;

(3) Disclosure of the records or the testimony would not be appropriate under the rules of procedure governing the case or matter in which the demand arose;

(4) Disclosure of the records, including release in camera, or the testimony, is not appropriate or required under the relevant substantive law concerning privilege;

(5) Disclosure of the records, except when in camera and necessary to assert a claim of privilege, or of the testimony, would reveal information properly classified or other matters exempt from unrestricted disclosure; or

(6) Disclosure of the records or the testimony could interfere with ongoing Commission enforcement proceedings or other legal or administrative proceedings, compromise constitutional rights, reveal the identity of an intelligence source or confidential informant, or disclose trade secrets or similarly confidential commercial or financial information.

(f) The General Counsel, following consultation with the Managing Director and any relevant Commission Bureau or Office, is authorized to approve non-privileged testimony by a present or former employee of the Commission or the production of non-privileged records in response to a valid demand issued by competent legal authority, or a request for records or testimony received under this section, and to assert governmental privileges on behalf of the Commission in litigation that may be associated with any such demand or request.

(g) Any employee or former employee of the Commission who receives a demand for records of the Commission or testimony regarding the records or activities of the Commission shall promptly notify the General Counsel so that the General Counsel may take appropriate steps to protect the Commission's rights.

(Secs. 4(i), 303(r), Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 303(r); 5 U.S.C. 301; 47 CFR 0.231(d))

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§0.465   Request for copies of materials which are available, or made available, for public inspection.

(a) The Commission may award a contract to a commercial duplication firm to make copies of Commission records and offer them for sale to the public. In addition to the charge for copying, the contractor may charge a search fee for locating and retrieving the requested documents from the Commission's files.

Note to paragraph (a): The name, address, telephone number, and schedule of fees for the current copy contractor, if any, are published at the time of contract award of renewal in a public notice and periodically thereafter. Current information is available at http://www.fcc.gov/foia and http://www.fcc.gov/consumer-governmental-affairs. Questions regarding this information should be directed to the Reference Information Center of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0270.

(b)(1) Records routinely available for public inspection under §0.453 are available to the public through the Commission's Reference Information Center. Section 0.461 does not apply to such records.

(2) Audio or video recordings or transcripts of Commission proceedings are available to the public through the Commission's Reference Information Center. In some cases, only some of these formats may be available.

(c)(1) Contractual arrangements which have been entered into with commercial firms, as described in this section, do not in any way limit the right of the public to inspect Commission records or to retrieve whatever information may be desired. Coin-operated and debit card copy machines are available for use by the public.

(2) The Commission has reserved the right to make copies of its records for its own use or for the use of other agencies of the U.S. Government. When it serves the regulatory or financial interests of the U.S. Government, the Commission will make and furnish copies of its records free of charge. In other circumstances, however, if it should be necessary for the Commission to make and furnish copies of its records for the use of others, the fee for this service shall be ten cents ($0.10) per page or $5 per computer disk in addition to charges for staff time as provided in §0.467. For copies prepared with other media, such as thumb drives or other portable electronic storage, the charge will be the actual direct cost including operator time. Requests for copying should be accompanied by a statement specifying the maximum copying fee the person making the request is prepared to pay. If the Commission estimates that copying charges are likely to exceed the greater of $25 or the amount which the requester has indicated that he/she is prepared to pay, then it shall notify the requester of the estimated amount of fees. Such a notice shall offer the requester the opportunity to confer with Commission personnel with the object of revising or clarifying the request.

Note to paragraph (c)(2): The criterion considered in acting on a waiver request is whether “waiver or reduction of the fee is in the public interest because furnishing the information can be considered as primarily benefiting the general public.” 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(4)(A). A request for a waiver or reduction of fees will be decided by the General Counsel as set forth in §0.470(e).

(3) Certified documents. Copies of documents which are available or made available, for inspection under §§0.451 through 0.465, will be prepared and certified, under seal, by the Secretary or his or her designee. Requests shall be in writing, specifying the exact documents, the number of copies desired, and the date on which they will be required. The request shall allow a reasonable time for the preparation and certification of copies. The fee for preparing copies shall be the same as that charged by the Commission as described in paragraph (c)(2) of this section. The fee for certification shall be $10 for each document.

(d)(1) Computer maintained databases produced by the Commission and routinely available to the public (see §0.453) may be obtained from the FCC's Web site at http://www.fcc.gov or if unavailable on the Commission's Web site, from the Reference Information Center.

(2) Copies of computer generated data stored as paper printouts or electronic media and available to the public may also be obtained from the Commission's Reference Information Center (see paragraph (a) of this section).

(3) Copies of computer source programs and associated documentation produced by the Commission and available to the public may be obtained from the Office of the Managing Director.

(e) This section does not apply to records available on the Commission's Web site, http://www.fcc.gov, or printed publications which may be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents or private firms (see §§0.411 through 0.420), nor does it apply to application forms or information bulletins, which are prepared for the use and information of the public and are available upon request (see §§0.421 and 0.423) or on the Commission's Web site, http://www.fcc.gov/formpage.html.

[82 FR 4195, Jan. 13, 2017]

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§0.466   Definitions.

(a) For the purpose of §§0.467 and 0.468, the following definitions shall apply:

(1) The term direct costs means those expenditures which the Commission actually incurs in searching for and duplicating (and in case of commercial requesters, reviewing) documents to respond to a FOIA request. Direct costs include the salary of the employee performing the work (the basic rate of pay for the employee plus twenty percent of that rate to cover benefits), and the cost of operating duplicating machinery. Not included in direct costs are overhead expenses, such as costs of space, and heating or lighting the facility in which the records are stored.

(2) The term search includes all time spent looking for material that is responsive to a request, including page-by-page or line-by-line identification of material contained within documents. Such activity should be distinguished, however, from “review” of material in order to determine whether the material is exempt from disclosure (see paragraph (a)(3) of this section).

(3) The term review refers to the process of examining documents located in response to a commercial use request (see paragraph (a)(4) of this section) to determine whether any portion of a document located is exempt from disclosure. It also includes processing any documents for disclosure, e.g., performing such functions that are necessary to excise them or otherwise prepare them for release. Review does not include time spent resolving general legal or policy issues regarding the application of FOIA exemptions.

(4) The term commercial use request refers to a request from or on behalf of one who seeks information for a use or purpose that furthers the commercial interests of the requester. In determining whether a requester properly falls within this category, the Commission shall determine the use to which a requester will put the documents requested. Where the Commission has reasonable cause to question the use to which a requester will put the documents sought, or where that use is not clear from the request itself, the Commission shall seek additional clarification before assigning the request to a specific category. The dissemination of records by a representative of the news media (see §0.466(a)(7)) shall not be considered to be for a commercial use.

(5) The term educational institution refers to a preschool, a public or private elementary or secondary school, an institution of graduate higher education, an institution of professional education and an institution of vocational education, which operates a program or programs of scholarly research.

(6) The term non-commercial scientific institution refers to an institution that is not operated on a commercial basis as that term is referenced in paragraph (a)(4) of this section, and which is operated solely for the purpose of conducting scientific research the results of which are not intended to promote any particular product or industry.

(7) The term representative of the news media refers to any person or entity that gathers information of potential interest to a segment of the public, uses its editorial skills to turn the raw materials into a distinct work, and distributes that work to an audience. In this clause, the term news means information that is about current events or that would be of current interest to the public. Examples of news-media entities are television or radio stations broadcasting to the public at large and publishers of periodicals (but only if such entities qualify as disseminators of news) who make their products available for purchase or subscription by, or free distribution to, the general public. These examples are not all-inclusive. Moreover, as methods of news delivery evolve (for example, the adoption of electronic dissemination of newspapers through telecommunications services), such alternative media shall be considered to be news-media entities. A freelance journalist shall be regarded as working for a news-media entity if the journalist can demonstrate a solid basis for expecting publication through that entity, whether or not the journalist is actually employed by the entity. A publication contract would present a solid basis for such an expectation; the Commission may also consider the past publication record of the requester in making such a determination. See 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(4)(A)(ii).

(8) The term all other requester refers to any person not within the definitions in paragraphs (a)(4) through (a)(7) of this paragraph.

(b) [Reserved]

[74 FR 14078, Mar. 30, 2009, as amended at 76 FR 24389, May 2, 2011]

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§0.467   Search and review fees.

(a)(1) Subject to the provisions of this section, an hourly fee shall be charged for recovery of the full, allowable direct costs of searching for and reviewing records requested under §0.460 or §0.461, unless such fees are reduced or waived pursuant to §0.470. The fee is based on the pay grade level of the FCC's employee(s) who conduct(s) the search or review, or the actual hourly rate of FCC contractors or other non-FCC personnel who conduct a search.

Note to paragraph (a)(1): The fees for FCC employees will be modified periodically to correspond with modifications in the rate of pay approved by Congress and any such modifications will be announced by public notice and will be posted on the Commission's Web site, http://www.fcc.gov/foia/#feeschedule.

(2) The fees specified in paragraph (a)(1) of this section are computed at Step 5 of each grade level based on the General Schedule or the hourly rate of non-FCC personnel, including in addition twenty percent for personnel benefits. Search and review fees will be assessed in 14 hour increments.

(b) Search fees may be assessed for time spent searching, even if the Commission fails to locate responsive records or if any records located are determined to be exempt from disclosure.

(c) The Commission shall charge only for the initial review, i.e., the review undertaken initially when the Commission analyzes the applicability of a specific exemption to a particular record. The Commission shall not charge for review at the appeal level of an exemption already applied. However, records or portions of records withheld in full under an exemption that is subsequently determined not to apply may be reviewed again to determine the applicability of other exemptions not previously considered. The costs of such a subsequent review, under these circumstances, are properly assessable.

(d) The fee charged will not exceed an amount based on the time typically required to locate records of the kind requested.

(e)(1) If the Commission estimates that search charges are likely to exceed the greater of $25 or the amount which the requester indicated he/she is prepared to pay, then it shall notify the requester of the estimated amount of fees. Such a notice shall offer the requester the opportunity to confer with Commission personnel with the object of revising or clarifying the request. See §0.465(c)(2) and §0.470(d).

(2) The time for processing a request for inspection shall be tolled while conferring with the requester about his or her willingness to pay the fees required to process the request. See §0.461(e).

(f) When the search has been completed, the custodian of the records will give notice of the charges incurred to the person who made the request.

(g) The fee shall be paid to the Financial Management Division, Office of Managing Director, or as otherwise directed by the Commission.

[82 FR 4195, Jan. 13, 2017]

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§0.468   Interest.

Interest shall be charged those requesters who fail to pay the fees charged. The agency will begin assessing interest charges on the amount billed starting on the 31st day following the day on which the billing was sent. The date on which the payment is received by the agency will determine whether and how much interest is due. The interest shall be set at the rate prescribed in 31 U.S.C. 3717.

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§0.469   Advance payments.

(a) The Commission may not require advance payment of estimated FOIA fees except as provided in paragraph (b) or where the Commission estimates or determines that allowable charges that a requester may be required to pay are likely to exceed $250.00 and the requester has no history of payment. Where allowable charges are likely to exceed $250.00 and the requester has a history of prompt payment of FOIA fees the Commission may notify the requester of the estimated cost and obtain satisfactory assurance of full payment. Notification that fees may exceed $250.00 is not, however, a prerequisite for collecting fees above that amount.

(b) Where a requester has previously failed to pay a fee charged in a timely fashion (i.e., within 30 days of the date of the billing), the Commission may require the requester to pay the full amount owed plus any applicable interest as provided in §0.468, and to make an advance payment of the full amount of the estimated fee before the Commission begins to process a new request or a pending request from that requester.

(c) When the Commission acts under paragraph (a) of this section, the administrative time limits prescribed in §§0.461(g) and (k) (i.e., twenty business days from receipt of initial requests and twenty business days from receipt of appeals from initial denials, plus permissible extensions of these time limits (see §0.461(g)(1)(i) through (iii) and §0.461(k)(1)(i) through (iii)) will begin only after the agency has received the fee payments described in this section. See §0.461(e)(2)(ii) and §0.467(e)(2).

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§0.470   Assessment of fees.

(a)(1) Commercial use requesters. (i) When the Commission receives a request for documents for commercial use, it will assess charges that recover the full direct cost of searching for, reviewing and duplicating the records sought pursuant to §0.466 and §0.467.

(ii) Commercial use requesters shall not be assessed search fees if the Commission fails to comply with the time limits under §0.461(g), except as provided in paragraph (a)(1)(iii) of this section.

(iii) Commercial requesters may still be assessed search fees when the Commission fails to comply with the time limits under §0.461(g) if the Commission determines that unusual circumstances apply and more than 5,000 pages are necessary to respond to the request, so long as the Commission has provided a timely written notice to the requester and has discussed with the requester (or made not less than three good-faith attempts to do so) how the requester could effectively limit the scope of the request. Additionally, if a court has determined that exceptional circumstances exist, a failure to comply with a time limit under §0.461(g) will be excused for the length of time provided by the court order.

(2) Educational and non-commercial scientific institution requesters and requesters who are representatives of the news media. (i) The Commission shall provide documents to requesters in these categories for the cost of duplication only, pursuant to §0.465 above, excluding duplication charges for the first 100 pages, provided however, that requesters who are representatives of the news media shall be entitled to a reduced assessment of charges only when the request is for the purpose of distributing information.

(ii) Educational requesters or requesters who are representatives of the news media shall not be assessed fees for the cost of duplication if the Commission fails to comply with the time limits under §0.461(g), except as provided in paragraph (a)(2)(iii) of this section.

(iii) Educational requesters or requesters who are representatives of the news media may still be assessed duplication fees when the Commission fails to comply with the time limits under §0.461(g) if the Commission determines that unusual circumstances apply and more than 5,000 pages are necessary to respond to the request, so long as the Commission has provided a timely written notice to the requester and has discussed with the requester (or made not less than three good-faith attempts to do so) how the requester could effectively limit the scope of the request. Additionally, if a court has determined that exceptional circumstances exist, a failure to comply with a time limit under §0.461(g) will be excused for the length of time provided by the court order.

(3) All other requesters. (i) The Commission shall charge requesters who do not fit into any of the categories above fees which cover the full, reasonable direct cost of searching for and duplicating records that are responsive to the request, pursuant to §0.465 and §0.467, except that the first 100 pages of duplication and the first two hours of search time shall be furnished without charge.

(ii) All other requesters shall not be assessed search fees if the Commission fails to comply with the time limits under §0.461(g), except as provided in paragraph (a)(3)(iii) of this section.

(iii) All other requesters may still be assessed search fees when the Commission fails to comply with the time limits under §0.461(g) if the Commission determines that unusual circumstances apply and more than 5,000 pages are necessary to respond to the request, so long as the Commission has provided a timely written notice to the requester and has discussed with the requester (or made not less than three good-faith attempts to do so) how the requester could effectively limit the scope of the request. Additionally, if a court has determined that exceptional circumstances exist, a failure to comply with a time limit under §0.461(g) will be excused for the length of time provided by the court order.

(b)(1) The 100 page restriction on assessment of duplication fees in paragraphs (a)(2) and (3) of this section refers to 100 paper copies of a standard size, which will normally be 812 x 11 or 11 x 14.

(2) When the agency reasonably believes that a requester or group of requesters is attempting to segregate a request into a series of separate individual requests for the purpose of evading the assessment of fees, the agency will aggregate any such requests and assess charges accordingly.

(c) When a requester believes he or she is entitled to a waiver pursuant to paragraph (e) of this section, the requester must include, in his or her original FOIA request, a statement explaining with specificity, the reasons demonstrating that he or she qualifies for a fee waiver. Included in this statement should be a certification that the information will not be used to further the commercial interests of the requester.

(d) If the Commission reasonably believes that a commercial interest exists, based on the information provided pursuant to paragraph (c) of this section, the requester shall be so notified and given an additional ten business days to provide further information to justify receiving a reduced fee. See §0.467(e)(2).

(e)(1) Copying, search and review charges shall be waived or reduced by the General Counsel when “disclosure of the information is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester.” 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(4)(A)(iii). Simply repeating the fee waiver language of section 552(a)(4)(A)(iii) is not a sufficient basis to obtain a fee waiver.

(2) The criteria used to determine whether disclosure is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government include:

(i) Whether the subject of the requested records concerns the operations or activities of the government;

(ii) Whether the disclosure is likely to contribute to an understanding of government operations or activities; and

(iii) Whether disclosure of the requested information will contribute to public understanding as opposed to the individual understanding of the requester or a narrow segment of interested persons.

(3) The criteria used to determine whether disclosure is primarily in the commercial interest of the requester include:

(i) Whether the requester has a commercial interest that would be furthered by the requested disclosure; and, if so

(ii) Whether the magnitude of the identified commercial interest of the requester is sufficiently large, in comparison with the public interest in disclosure, that disclosure is primarily in the commercial interest of the requester.

(4) This request for fee reduction or waiver must accompany the initial request for records and will be decided under the same procedures used for record requests.

(5) If no fees or de minimis fees would result from processing a FOIA request and a fee waiver or reduction has been sought, the General Counsel will not reach a determination on the waiver or reduction request.

(f) Whenever Commission staff determines that the total fee calculated under this section likely is less than the cost to collect and process the fee, no fee will be charged.

(g) Review of initial fee determinations under §0.467 through §0.470 and initial fee reduction or waiver determinations under paragraph (e) of this section may be sought under §0.461(j).

[82 FR 4196, Jan. 13, 2017]

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Places for Making Submittals or Requests, for Filing Applications, and for Taking Examinations

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§0.471   Miscellaneous submittals or requests.

Persons desiring to make submittals or requests of a general nature should communicate with the Secretary of the Commission.

[36 FR 15121, Aug. 13, 1971]

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§0.473   Reports of violations.

Reports of violations of the Communications Act or of the Commission's rules and regulations may be submitted to the Commission in Washington or to any field office.

[32 FR 10578, July 19, 1967]

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§0.475   Applications for employment.

Persons who wish to apply for employment should communicate with the Associate Managing Director-Personnel Management.

(Secs. 4(i), 303(n), Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 303(n); 47 CFR 0.231(d))

[49 FR 13368, Apr. 4, 1984]

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§0.481   Place of filing applications for radio authorizations.

For locations for filing applications, and appropriate fees, see §§1.1102 through 1.1107 of this chapter.

[69 FR 41130, July 7, 2004]

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§0.482   Application for waiver of wireless radio service rules.

All requests for waiver of the rules (see §1.925 of this chapter) governing the Wireless Radio Services (see §1.907 of this chapter) that require a fee (see §1.1102 of this chapter) shall be submitted via the Universal Licensing System or to the U.S. Bank, St. Louis, Missouri at the address set forth in §1.1102. Waiver requests that do not require a fee should be submitted via the Universal Licensing System or to: Federal Communications Commission, 1270 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325-7245. Waiver requests attached to applications must be submitted in accordance with §0.401(b) or §0.401(c) of the rules.

[63 FR 68919, Dec. 14, 1998, as amended at 73 FR 9018, Feb. 19, 2008]

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§0.483   Applications for amateur or commercial radio operator licenses.

(a) Application filing procedures for amateur radio operator licenses are set forth in part 97 of this chapter.

(b) Application filing procedures for commercial radio operator licenses are set forth in part 13 of this chapter.

[47 FR 53378, Nov. 26, 1982, as amended at 78 FR 23151, Apr. 18, 2013]

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§0.484   Amateur radio operator examinations.

Generally, examinations for amateur radio operation licenses shall be administered at locations and times specified by volunteer examiners. (See §97.509). When the FCC conducts examinations for amateur radio operator licenses, they shall take place at locations and times designated by the FCC.

[58 FR 13021, Mar. 9, 1993]

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§0.485   Commercial radio operator examinations.

Generally, written and telegraphy examinations for commercial radio operator licenses shall be conducted at locations and times specified by commercial operator license examination managers. (See §13.209 of this chapter). When the FCC conducts these examinations, they shall take place at locations and times specified by the FCC.

[58 FR 9124, Feb. 19, 1993]

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§0.489   [Reserved]

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§0.491   Application for exemption from compulsory ship radio requirements.

Applications for exemption filed under the provisions of sections 352(b) or 383 of the Communications Act; Regulation 4, chapter I of the Safety Convention; Regulation 5, chapter IV of the Safety Convention; or Article IX of the Great Lakes Agreement, must be filed as a waiver request using the procedures specified in §0.482 of this part. Emergency requests must be filed via the Universal Licensing System or at the Federal Communications Commission, Office of the Secretary.

[71 FR 15618, Mar. 29, 2006]

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§0.493   Non-radio common carrier applications.

All such applications shall be filed at the Commission's offices in Washington, DC.

[28 FR 12413, Nov. 22, 1963. Redesignated at 32 FR 10578, July 19, 1967]

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