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FCC Launches V2.0 of Electronic Filing

Promises to make public interaction in rule making easier

An earlier version of this story gave an incorrect date for the public introduction. It is Friday Oct. 23.

News stories here in Radio World sometimes report that the FCC is accepting comments from the public on this or that topic, and that you can file electronically. Now the commission has updated its Electronic Comment Filing System.

Electronic filing may seem recent to some readers, but it actually started at the Federal Communications Commission 11 years ago.

New features include the ability for users to file multiple documents to multiple rulemakings in a single submission; better search and query of rulemakings; the ability to extract comments; RSS feeds; and the ability to export data results to Excel or PDF formats, according to a commission summary. The system is also now fully compliant with “Section 508” stipulations concerning accessibility in information technology.

The commission staff will talk about the upgrade on Oct. 23 at commission HQ in Washington.

“ECFS was originally launched in October 1998 as a mechanism to allow electronic submission and query of rulemakings before the commission,” it stated. “The system tracks all open proceedings and contains all formal rulemaking items and comments from 1992 to the present.”