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Post Government Shut Down, FCC Pushes Back Filing Deadline One Day

Most filing deadlines due earlier this month are now due January 30

The Federal Communications Commission has given another day of breathing room to broadcasters who were on deadline to file important documents with the FCC.

During the government shutdown, many of the FCC’s regular services were either unavailable or unsupported, including commission mail operations, electronic filing systems and filing windows. The two exceptions were spectrum auction-related filings and filings necessary for the protection of life and property.

All other filings, however, were set to be due the day after the government resumed normal operations.

[Read: Broadcasters Face Uncertainty Amid Shutdown]

But the commission issued a Public Notice on Jan. 28 to say it would further extend all deadlines by one additional day. Thus, deadlines for all filings that would have been due anytime from Jan. 3 through Jan. 29, 2019, will be extended until Wednesday Jan. 30, 2019.

In addition, any Special Temporary Authorities that would have expired between Jan. 3 and Jan. 29 are extended until Jan. 30 (except those that relate to the post-incentive auction transition).

The few exceptions are those filings that were required to be up and running all month long, including filings in the Network Outage Reporting System and Disaster Information Reporting System as well as filings related to the broadcast incentive auction.

If you have more questions about other revised filing deadlines, the FCC is asking you to hold on — the commission is asking broadcasters to refrain from submitting filings seeking additional relief from filing deadlines for now, as the agency said it will shortly issue further guidance on revised filing deadlines.

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