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FCC Media Bureau Extends Deadlines for 2018 Quadrennial Review

Groups, including NAB, MMTC, ask for additional time due to rapidly changing media landscape

FCC, Federal Communications CommissionThe FCC’s Media Bureau is extending comment and reply deadlines for the update of the 2018 Quadrennial Review.

Originally set July 1, for Aug. 2 (comments) and Aug. 30, (reply), the new deadlines are now Sept. 2 (comments) and Oct. 1 (reply).

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On July 12, the FCC was petitioned by Common Cause, Free Press, the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council, the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, and the National Association of Broadcasters for the extension. The groups suggested the dates accepted.

According to the FCC, “The Joint Filers explain that, as more than two years have passed since the original comment cycle in this proceeding was completed, there have been many economic and legal developments in the media industry in that time. The Joint Filers state that they and other interested parties need additional time to address the many complex economic and legal issues through research, updates to previously filed material, and new information.”

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The Media Bureau said that while it doesn’t normally grant extensions, “an extension should enable interested parties to present more complete and thoughtful comments to the commission, we agree with the joint filers that both the parties commenting in the proceeding and the commission should benefit and that the extension should not disadvantage any party.”