Extended reply period on quadrennial review


FCCWhat’s a couple of weeks when the entire proceeding seems to be a couple of years behind schedule? The comment period for The 2010 Quadrennial Regulatory Review – Review of the Commission’s Broadcast Ownership Rules and Other Rules Adopted Pursuant to Section 202 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the title of which says all you need to know about how well it is adhering to its optimal timeline, will be extended at the request of a number of watchdog organizations that want to dig into what they called “voluminous industry filings.”

The group referred to by the FCC as the “Citizen Commenters,” includes the Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ, Inc., Media Alliance, National Organization for Women Foundation, Communications Workers of America, Common Cause, Benton Foundation, Media Council Hawai’i, Free Press, National Hispanic Media Coalition, Media Access Project and Prometheus Radio Project.

The group said that the massive filings of stakeholders, and the fact that they are also commenting on other FCC matters on a similar timeline, justifies 30 extra days to get reply comments together, beyond the 4/3/12 deadline.

The FCC said while it believed an extension is warranted, 30 days to 5/3/12 is too long, and gave the Commenters 14 extra days. The new deadline is 4/17/12.