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January 5, 1998
Common Carrier Bureau Seeks Comment for Report to Congress
Pleading Cycle Established
COMMENTS: January 20, 1998|
REPLY COMMENTS: February 2, 1998
The Common Carrier Bureau seeks public comment in connection with the Report to Congress on Universal Service required by statute.
The 1998 appropriations legislation for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, H.R. 2267, directs the Commission to undertake a review of the implementation of the provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (1996 Act) relating to universal service, and to submit a report to Congress no later than April 10, 1998.
The report is to provide a detailed description of the extent to which the Commission's interpretations in the following areas are consistent with the plain language of the Communications Act of 1934, 47 U.S.C. 151 et seq. (Act), as amended by the 1996 Act:
The Common Carrier Bureau seeks comment on these issues to assist the Commission in drafting the Report to Congress.
Interested parties may file comments no later than January 20, 1998. Replies are due February 2, 1998. When filing comments, interested parties should reference the docket number: CC Docket No. 96-45 (Report to Congress). Parties are requested to include with the docket number the parenthetical notation "Report to Congress" in order to assist Commission staff in identifying pleadings related to the Report to Congress. Parties should include in their comments and replies all arguments and positions for consideration by the Commission; parties should not incorporate by reference positions made in earlier pleadings submitted to the Commission.
An original and four copies of all formal comments must be filed in accordance with Section 1.51(c) of the Commission's Rules, 47 C.F.R. § 1.51(c). In addition, one copy of each pleading must be filed with International Transcription Service, Inc. (ITS), the Commission's duplicating contractor, at its office at 1231 20th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036, and one copy with Sheryl Todd, Federal Communications Commission, Universal Service Branch, 8th Floor, 2100 M Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20554.
Parties are also asked to submit copies of their formal comments on diskette. Such diskette submissions are in addition to and not a substitute for the formal filing requirements addressed above. Parties submitting diskettes should submit them to Sheryl Todd, Federal Communications Commission, Universal Service Branch, 8th Floor, 2100 M Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20554. Such a submission should be on a 3.5 inch diskette formatted in an IBM compatible form using WordPerfect 5.1 for Windows or compatible software. The diskette should be submitted in "read only" mode. The diskette should be clearly labelled with the party's name, proceeding ("Report to Congress on Universal Service"), type of pleading, and date of submission. Each diskette should contain only one party's comments in a single electronic file, with a filename based on the name of the party. The diskette should be accompanied by a cover letter. All comments received on diskette will be made available for viewing on the FCC World Wide Web site at <http://www.fcc.gov>.
Parties are also invited to file informal comments electronically. To file electronic comments in this proceeding, you should use the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System on the World Wide Web at <http://www.fcc.gov/e-file/ecfs.html>. Further information on the process of submitting comments electronically is available at that location. Informal comments may also be sent by electronic mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
We will treat this proceeding as permit-but-disclose for purposes of the Commission's ex parte rules. See generally, 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.200-1.1206.
For further information, contact Melissa Waksman of the Common Carrier Bureau at 418-1580.