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FCC Announces ECFS Transition Date

Legacy online comment filing system will no longer be available after June 20

WASHINGTON�The Federal Communications Commission will transition to its new Electronic Comment Filing System in a �hard launch� set for Monday, June 20. This is part of its effort to improve the system�s performance and resiliency.

�The legacy system will no longer be available after the transition,� it stated in an announcement. �All documents in the legacy system will be accessible in the new system, and saved links (bookmarks or favorites) to documents and proceedings should not need to be adjusted.�

There are at least four tutorials on the new system planned this month.�

Here is more operational information about the change:

�In order to best ensure that this important public-engagement system is fully functional during regular business hours, the commission will take down the legacy ECFS application starting at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday, June 17, 2016, and the system will be unavailable through the weekend,� it stated.�

�The commission plans for the new system to be available and fully operational by 8 a.m. ET on Monday, June 20, 2016.The old ECFS system will not be available once the new one is operational, but all files will be accessible in the new system. Should any unforeseen delays take place, the commission will release a Public Notice on the front page of its website, informing users of any impacts.�

�Given that ECFS is expected to be fully operational during all FCC business hours, the agency does not plan any changes to any deadlines.��

A version of this story originally appeared on the website of Radio magazine sister publication Radio World.