FCC Lists Dormant Proceedings to Close
“Hey, we’ve got all
these old proceedings stacked up over here … Whaddya want me to do wit’ ’em?”
The FCC didn’t quite
put it that way; but it is asking the public whether certain docketed
proceedings should be terminated as dormant. (Maybe instead we can visualize
Mrs. FCC standing by her husband and scolding him to “get rid of all those
boxes of paper you haven’t looked at in the last five years!”)
In 2011 as part of its
efficiency and openness initiative, the commission gave the chief of the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau the job of reviewing open dockets to
see which ones could be terminated. These generally are dockets in which no
further action is expected, and those in which no pleadings or other documents
have been filed for years.
Last November the
bureau terminated about 1,000 proceedings as dormant. Now it has identified
more, and issued a public notice so that you can comment before any particular
proceeding is terminated.
The current batch
covers a range of topics that have either been acted on or that lie fallow.
They include topics broad as well as specific: allowing AMs to use FM
translators; permitting satellite feeds to NCE FM translators operating on
commercial frequencies; setting rules for digital output protection technology;
protecting New Jersey radio listeners from interference from translators and
LPFMs; numerous amendments to the FM table of allotments; and renewal of an FM
license in Shamrock, Texas.
The list of
proceedings is here (PDF). The section marked “Media,” starting
on page 8, contains the list likely of most interest to RW readers.
also noted, “To the extent that a particular proceeding includes a petition
addressing the merits or other pending pleadings, a party’s failure to file
comments in response to this Public Notice will be construed as consent to
termination of that proceeding. A party aggrieved by a docket termination may file a petition for
reconsideration with CGB or an application for review with the full
In other words,
“Tell us now, or it’s going in the trash.”
Info about the list
and how to comment is here.