Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now


New ECFS Will Have “Hard Launch” on June 20

System will be unavailable the weekend prior

If you are a user of the FCC’s online comment filing system, take note of this announcement.

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 info about the cutover:

“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.”

FCC Acknowledges ECFS Delays But Won’t Extend Most Deadlines