Upgrades to IT Systems Proceed at FCC
The tech guys at the FCC won’t be out boating
this Labor Day weekend. Starting Wednesday Sept. 2, the FCC began the process
of modernizing its legacy IT systems, and as a result a number of the Web
portals used to search, file and apply for licensing are or will be
include the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), Electronic Document
Management System (EDOCS), Universal Licensing System (ULS) and National
Your email inbox may seem a tad
lighter this week, too. As a result of the IT work,
the FCC will not deliver its FCC Daily Digest today or Friday. Distribution of
the Daily Digest will resume when the systems are available again, the
The goal is to have the Web applications upgraded and available by 8 a.m. by
Tuesday, Sept. 8.
One potential upside to this downtime
is that filing deadlines for most commission proceedings during the affected
time period will be extended. With a few exceptions, filings that would have
been due on Sept. 2, 3, 4 or 8 will now be due next Wednesday, Sept. 9. Details about the extension and a list of filings
that aren’t exempt can be found here.
Though certain sites will be down, most content pages under
the main www.fcc.gov domain should be
up and running during this period, including the FCC Consumer Help Desk. The
help desk site was recently upgraded to be Software as a Service (SaaS)
option, said David Bray, FCC CIO, in a recent blog post.
“It is our goal to modernize more of the FCC’s legacy IT to
SaaS and other cloud-based platform options going forward,” he said. “This
modernization is more flexible, secure and resilient, as well as more cost
effective compared to the costs of maintaining on-premise IT solutions.”
This Labor Day weekend upgrade is another piece of the
commission’s effort to reduce how much the agency spends on legacy
infrastructure, and improve public engagement with the commission, Bray said.
Text has been updated to correct the first name of David Bray.
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