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1 HOW TO FIND FCC STUFF ON THE WEB Susan Bahr, Esq. Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC (301)

2 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC AGENDA BACKGROUND FINDING STUFF RELEASED BY THE FCC FINDING SPECIFIC FCC RULES FINDING STUFF SUBMITTED BY INTERESTED PARTIES FINDING CONGRESSIONAL DOCUMENTS FINDING COURT OPINIONS FUTURE CHANGES

3 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC BACKGROUND

4 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC Constitution President Congress Courts Interested Parties

5 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC STATUTE Communications Act of 1934, as amended Found at 47 U.S.C. § 151, and so on, where U.S.C. = U.S. Code Was amended by the Telecommunications Act of 1996

6 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC COMPOSITION OF THE COMMISSION Section 154 of the Act – –5 Commissioners appointed by President, consent of Senate –3 from same political party Powell Ness Kennard Furchtgott-Roth Tristani ? Powell ??? ?

7 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC ORGANIZATION OF FCC

8 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC THINGS THE FCC DOES Makes rules Enforces rules Executes rules (e.g., grants licenses)

9 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC HOW RULES ARE MADE (Sometimes) Notice of Inquiry (NOI) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) Order (e.g., “Report and Order” or “Memorandum Opinion and Order”), maybe New Rules and a News Release Petition for Reconsideration (PFR) Petition for Review (Appeal) in Court

10 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC FINDING STUFF RELEASED BY THE FCC

11 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC WHAT THE FCC RELEASES News Releases Notices –of Inquiry –of Proposed Rulemaking Orders –Report and Order –Memorandum Opinion and Order Public Notices

12 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC DOCKETS AND DOCUMENT NUMBERS DOCUMENT NUMBER DOCKET NUMBER

13 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC DOCKETS AND DOCUMENT NUMBERS (contd) DOCUMENT NUMBER FCC/DA # - "Document number"; identifies specific document by number; "FCC“: document was adopted at Commission level; "DA“: document was adopted by "delegated authority“ such as Common Carrier Bureau; “99“: released in 1999 Docket - Proceeding for specific topic; "99" = began 1999

14 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC FCC WEB SITE Three ways to find documents released by FCC –Search for them –Go directly to them using the URL –Look in the Daily Digest

15 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC SEARCHING FOR FCC DOCUMENTS Go to click on Search, click on FCC Electronic Document Management System (EDOCS) Search on any information you have, such as: –Bureaus – usually Common Carrier –FCC number – document number –DA number – document number –Title Contains – this can be tricky! –Docket or RM –Date range

16 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC NOTE: ".txt" doesn't have footnotes, but loads faster. For hard copies, always use ".doc", ".pdf" or ".wp" files because they have footnotes.

17 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC GO DIRECTLY TO THE FILE USING THE URL FCC File name conventions - General form of Common Carrier Bureau file names where: type = News_Releases, Orders, Notices (i.e., NPRMs or NOIs), Public_Notices year = 1999, 2000, 2001, etc. type / year / filename

18 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC filename = For News Releases: nr cc txt nrcc6123.txt | | | | |__ format (txt,pdf,doc,wp,etc.) | | | |_news release number | | |_decade year | |_Common_Carrier Bureau |_News Release For some Public_Notices: pn cc txt pncc6123.txt | | | | |__ format (txt,pdf,doc,wp,etc.) | | | |_public notice number | | |_decade year | |_Common_Carrier Bureau |_Public Notice For Orders, NPRMs, NOIs, and some Public Notices: da txt da txt fcc txt fcc96123.txt | | | |__ format (txt,pdf,doc,wp,etc.) | | |_sequential document number | |_Year |_Who adopted it

19 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC Federal Communications Commission FCC ____________________________________________________________ Before the FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION Washington, D.C In the Matter of )CC Docket No Amendment of Policies and Rules ) Concerning Operator Service ) Providers and Call Aggregators ) SECOND REPORT AND ORDER Adopted: July 12, 1999; Released: July 19, 1999 By the Commission: I. INTRODUCTION In this Second Report and Order, we amend our rules governing operator service providers (OSPs) 1 47 C.F.R. § (g) Raise your hand and tell Sue, "It's time to give out the surprise gifts." Example DOCUMENT NUMBER DOCKET NUMBER

20 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC DAILY DIGEST Daily Digest Federal Communications Commission News media information 202 / th St., SW Internet: Washington, D.C TTY: 202/ Vol. 20 No. 42 February 21, … TEXTS GTE SERVICE COPORATION. Granted GTE request for waiver of the affiliate transactions rules: permission to use fully distributed cost, in lieu of fair market value, to value services GTE provides to affiliates and former affiliates. Action by: Chief, Accounting Safeguards Division, Common Carrier Bureau. Adopted: 02/16/2001 by MO&O. (DA No ). CCB DA A1.pdf DA A1.doc DA A1.txt (e.g., Orders, Notices) OTHER CATEGORIES: PUBLIC NOTICES, NEWS RELEASES

21 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC HOW TO GET THE DAILY DIGEST Three ways –Follow the link from the FCC’s Web Page –Get it delivered via each day For the above two options, go to click on Daily Digest, and follow the instructions –Use the URL

22 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC FINDING SPECIFIC FCC RULES

23 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC WHERE RULES ARE PUBLISHED Attached to the Order in which they are adopted Published in the Federal Register – Often determines effective date Placed in the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) Click on: Search or browse your choice of CFR titles and/or volumes In the Title 47 row, click on the most recent date

24 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC SEARCHING FOR RULES IN C.F.R. For example, at:

25 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC FINDING STUFF SUBMITTED BY INTERESTED PARTIES

26 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC HOW TO FIND DOCUMENTS (e.g., comments) SUBMITTED BY INTERESTED PARTIES Go to click on E-Filing, click on Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), click on Search the ECFS System DOCKET NUMBER

27 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC FINDING CONGRESSIONAL DOCUMENTS

28 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC CONGRESS General information about bills Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee House Committee on Energy and Commerce Transcripts of the House and Senate - in the Congressional Record

29 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC FINDING COURT OPINIONS

30 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC COURTS Court opinions –Links to federal courts –Most FCC appeals go to D.C. Circuit: –U.S. Supreme Court

31 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC COURTS (contd) Lists of documents filed in a court case (i.e., "docket listings") usually are available only through PACER (a fee- based service). For info, Most documents (e.g., briefs) are not available online.

32 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC FUTURE CHANGES

33 Law Offices of Susan Bahr, PC FCC Documents –Search using EDOCS –Use URL –Links from Daily Digest Rules in C.F.R. Comments in ECFS Congress and Court Websites


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