FCC Issues Rule Revisions, Clarifications
February 7, 2011 at 4:51 AM (PT)
The FCC has adopted a series of revisions to its procedures. Among the changes are "broadening the use of docketed proceedings, expanding the requirement for electronic filing ... and permitting staff in certain circumstances to notify parties electronically of docket filings and to close inactive dockets."
The Commission has also delegated the authority to dismiss or deny defective or repetitive petitions for reconsideration to its staff, and has clarified that it can not only reconsider a decision on its own motion within 30 days but can also modify as well as set aside or vacate the decision.
Other actions include setting a default effective date for rules if no effective date was set, formalizing the use of "next business day" when an action is set to occur on a day when the FCC is not open for business, and other minor changes.