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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

May 7, 1999


The following is a listing of current FCC Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) and Notices of Inquiry (NOIs) open for public comment, except routine petitions to amend the Table of Allotments. This listing also includes pertinent Public Notices (PNs) announcing comment subjects and dates. For additional information, contact Martha Contee, Public Service Division at (202) 418-0260, TTY (202) 418-2555, email mcontee@fcc.gov. Please note: as comment and reply comment periods expire, they are deleted from this listing. *Asterisk indicates comment period deadline is past, but reply comment period still is open.


PN 5/3; DA 99-822

CBS Corporation Requests Clarification of Commission's Closed Captioning Rules

The Commission received a Request for Clarification filed by CBS Corporation regarding closed captioning of program providers that used electronic newsroom (ENR) captioning during the first six months of 1997. Comments due June 2; reply comments due June 12. Contact: Imani K. Ellis-Cheek at (202) 418-1028, TTY: (202) 418-7172. News Media Contact: Morgan Broman (202) 418-2358.

PN 5/5; DA 99-839

Cable Services Action - Petitions Seeking Declaratory Rulings That Certain Restrictions of Homeowners Associations are Preempted by the Commission's Over-the-Air Reception Devices Rule

The Commission has received two Petitions for Declaratory Rulings, both asking the Commission to determine whether covenants restricting installation and placement of television antennas and satellite dishes are preempted by Section 1.4000 of the Commission's rules. One Petition involves the Meadow Community Service Association's covenants (The Meadow, New Market, MD) and the other involves the Crooked Creek Villages Homeowners' Association, Inc's covenants (Crooked Creek, Indianapolis, IN). Comments for both due June 4; replies June 21. Contact: Eloise Gore at (202) 418-1066; Roberto Rodas at (202) 418-1024. News Media Contact: Morgan Broman (202) 418-2358.


Order 1/20/99 (adopted 1/19/99); DA 99-197

Petition for Forbearance of the Independent Telephone and Telecommunications Alliance

Extended by 90 days to May 18, the date by which a petition for forbearance requesting that the Commission forbear from applying nine regulations to mid-sized incumbent local exchange carriers serving fewer than two percent of the nation's access lines filed by the Independent Telephone and Telecommunications Alliance shall be deemed granted in the absence of a Commission decision that the petition fails to meet the standards for forbearance under Section 10(a) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

BO Docket 99-11; PN 3/1/99; DA 99-430

Federal Communications Commission Will Hold a Series of Public Hearings on Telephone Service for Indians on Reservations; Set for March 23 in Chandler Arizona.

Comment period closes May 28, 1999. Contact: Eric Jensen at (202) 418-0990 or Belford Lawson at (202) 418-7264.

Order 3/5/99 (adopted 3/5/99); DA 99-463

Comsat Mobil Communications Request for Extension of Time for Filing Cost Allocation Manual Audit Report

Granted pursuant to Sections 0.91, 0291, and 1.46 of the Commission's Rules CMC's request for an extension of time until June 1, 1999, to file its independent cost allocation manual audit report.

CC 97-172; Order 3/8/99 (adopted 3/8/99); DA 99-468

Petition of US West Communications, Inc. for Forbearance

Extended to June 9, 1999, the date on which the petition seeking forbearance filed by US West shall be deemed granted in absence of a Commission denial of the peitition for failure to meet the statutory requirements for forbearance.

CC 96-45; PN 3/16/99; DA 99-459

Common Carrier Bureau Sends Updated Lists of Rural and Non-Rural Telephone Companies to the Universal Service Administrative Company and Changes 1999 Self-Certification Filing Deadline

On May 8, 1997, the Commission established in the Universal Service Order that rural and non-rural local exchange carriers (LECs) will receive federal universal service support determined by separate mechanisms. This PN revises the annual deadline for local exchange carriers to be classified as rural telephone companies to file letters certifying that they meet the statutory definition of rural telephone company. The new deadline for filing self-certification letters with the Commission is July 1 of each year. Contact: Adrian Wright, Accounting Policy Division at (202) 418-7400.

CC 99-35; Order 3/25 (adopted 3/25); DA 99-561

Long-Term Telephone Number Portability

Designated issues for investigation of U.S. West Transmittals 965 and 975. Comments due May 3*, rebuttals May 17.

CC 99-35; PN 4/12; DA 99-697

New Pleading Cycle Established in CC Docket No. 99-35 Time Extended for Filings Involving Long-Term Number Portability Tariff Filings of U S WEST Communications, Inc.

Extended pleading cycle in this proceeding: Direct cases due April 26*; Oppositions due May 7; Rebuttals due May 17. Contact: Josephine Simmons, Competitive Pricing Division at (202) 418-1530.

PN 4/1/; DA 99-638

Common Carrier Bureau Seeks Comment on the Maine Public Utilities Commission's Petition for Additional Authority to Implement Number Conservation Measures - Pleading Cycle Established

On September 28, 1998, the FCC released an order int he matter of a Petition for Declaratory Ruling and Request for Expedited Action on the July 15, 1997, Order of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Regarding Area Codes 412, 610, 215, and 717, and Implementation of the Local Competition Provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, MO&O and Order on Recon FCC 98-224, CC Docket No. 96-98. This Order delegated additional authority to state public utility commissions to order NXX code rationing in jeopardy situations and encouraged state commissions to seek further limited delegations of authority to implement other innovative number conservation methods. On March 17, 1999, the Maine Public Utilities Commission filed a petition requesting that the FCC delegate to MPUC additional authority to implement various number conservation measures. Comments due May 3*; replies May 17. Contact: Al McCloud, network Services Division at (202) 418-2320.

PN 4/5; DA 99-657

Pleading Cycle Established for Comments on Homeowners Long Distance, Inc.'s Petition for A Declaratory ruling that WorldCom Cannot Limit Its Liability for Gross Negligence or Other Willful Misconduct Through Its Interstate Tariffs

On December 4, 1998, Home Owners Long Distance, Inc. filed a petition requesting that the Commission issue a declaratory ruling that, under the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, Worldcom, Inc. cannot limit its liability for gross negligence or other willful misconduct through any provisions in its filed interstate tariff. Comments due May 5*; replies May 19. (DA No. 99-657). Contact: Tonya Rutherford at (202) 418-0960.

CC- 99-117; NOI 4/7 (adopted 4/6); FCC 99-69

Accounting Practices of Certain Telephone Companies

Initiated a proceeding concerning certain accounting practices of seven telephone companies. The inquiry is based on audits of the companies' hard-wired central office equipment by the Common Carrier Bureau. The FCC is also seeking comments concerning issues arising out of these audit reports. Comments due June 7; replies July 7.

PN 4/13; DA 99-704

U S West Petitions to Establish Part 69 Rate Elements Offer Switched Access Transport In Conjunction with Managed Bandwidth SONET Service - Pleading Cycle Established

On April 7, 1999, U S West Communications, Inc. (U S West) filed an Expedited Petition to Establish Part 69 Rate Elements to Offer Switched Access Transport in Conjunction with Managed Bandwidth SONET Service. U S West requests authority to establish eight new rate elements to enable it to offer its customers the transport of switched access service using MBSS Synchronous Optical Network (SONET)- based services. Comments due May 13; replies May 28. Contact: Renee Terry, Competitive Pricing Division at (202) 418-1520.

PN 4/15; DA 99-725

Common Carrier Bureau Seeks Comment on the Florida Public Service commission's Petition for Authority to Implement Number Conservation Measures - Pleading Cycle Established

On April 2, 1999, the Florida Public Service commission filed a petition requesting that the commission delegate to the FPSC authority to implement various number conservation measures. Comments due May 14; replies May 28. Contact: Alan McCloud, Network Services Division at (202) 418-2320; TTY: (202) 418-0484.

CC 96-128; PN 4/15; DA 99-730

Common Carrier Bureau Seeks Comment on the RBOC/GTE/SNET Payphone Coalition Petition for Clarification Regarding Carrier Responsibility for Payphone Compensation Payment - CC Docket No. 96-128 - Pleading Cycle Established

On February 26, 1999, the RBOC/GTE/SNET Payphone Coalition filed a petition requesting clarification, on a going-forward basis, which interexchange carrier is the party responsible for payment of per-call compensation when a "dial-around" or "subscriber" call is made from a payphone. The Commission seeks comment on issues raised in the Petitioners' request for clarification . Comments due May 17; replies June 1. Contact: Marty Schwimmer or Robin Smolen, Network Services Division at (202) 418-2320; TTY: (202) 418-0484.

PN 4/16; DA 99-740; Minburn Telecommunications, Inc. Petitions for Waiver of Sections 61.41(c) and (d) of the Commission's Rules - Pleading Cycle Established

On April 8, 1999, Minburn Telecommunications, Inc. filed a petition requesting that the Commission waive sections 61.41(c) and (d) of the Commission's rules. Minburn requests that the Commission waive these rules in order to allow Minburn to operate the Woodward, Iowa, telephone exchange as a cost carrier under rate of return regulation following Minburn's acquisition of the exchange from Frontier Communications-Schuyler, Inc., a carrier operating under price cap regulation. Comments due May 17; replies June 1. Contact: Rodney McDonald, Competitive Pricing Division at (202) 418-1520.

CC 96-98, CC 95-185; 2nd FNPRM 4/16 (adopted 4/8); FCC 99-70

Implementation of the Local Competition Provisions in the Telecommunications Act of 1996

The FCC, in a 2nd FNPRM, sought comment on what network elements incumbents must make available to new entrants in the local telecommunications market. Comments due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register; replies due 45 days after publication in the Federal Register.

PN 4/19; DA 99-750

Bell Atlantic Files Revisions to Its Cost Allocation Manual - Public Comment Invited

On April 7, Bell Atlantic Telephone Companies filed revisions to its cost allocation manual. Comments due May 19; replies June 3. Contact: Debbie Weber at (202) 418-0810; TTY: (202) 418-0484

CC 92-105; PN 4/20/99; DA 99-761

Petition by the United States Department of Transportation for Assignment of an Abbreviated Dialing Code (N11) To Access Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Services Nationwide - CC Docket No. 92-105 - Pleading Cycle Established

On March 8, 1999, the United States Department of Transportation filed a Petition for assignment of a nationwide standard abbreviated dialing number (N11). Petitioner proposes that state and local governments use the abbreviated dialing number to deliver travel-related information to the public. Comments due July 20; replies August 20. Contact: Helene Schrier Nankin, Network Services Division at (202) 418-2320; TTY: (202) 418-0484.

PN 4/29; DA 99-816

Bristol Bay Telephone Cooperative, Inc. Files Petition for Waiver of Section 36.621(a)(4) of the Commission's Rules

On April 14, Bristol Bay Telephone Cooperative, Inc., filed a petition for waiver of Section 36.621(a)(4) of the Commission's Rules. Section 36.621(a)(4) limits a company's corporate operation expense amounts. Comments due June 1; replies June 15. Contact: Brett Kissel, Accounting Safeguards Division at (202) 418-0391; TTY: (202) 418-0484.

CC 99-142; PN 5/4; DA 99-836

Pleading Cycle Established for Comments on KMC Telecom, Inc. Petition for Declaratory Ruling - CC Docket No. 99-142

On April 26, 1999, KMC Telecom, Inc. filed a petition for declaratory ruling requesting that the Commission: (1) declare unlawful termination penalties imposed by incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs); (2) prohibit enforcement of these ILEC termination penalties; and (3) require the removal of ILEC termination penalties from ILEC state tariffs until such time as customers have more genuine competitive choice than currently exists. Comments due June 3; oppositions or responses due June 18. Contact: Janice M. Myles, Policy and Program Planning Division at 9202) 418-1580.


IB 99-67; NPRM 3/5/99 (adopted 2/25/99); FCC 99-37

Amendment of Parts 2 and 25 to Implement the global Mobile Personal Communications By Satellite Memorandum of Understanding and Arrangements

Proposed amending the Commission's Rules to facilitate the global transport of portable telecommunications terminals used in connection with satellite systems providing global data, voice, Internet and other broadband services. Comments due June 21; replies July 21.

PN 3/10/99; DA 99-479

Petitions for Enforcement of International Settlement Benchmark Rates

AT&T, MCI WorldCom, and Sprint have filed joint petitions requesting that the Commission enforce its benchmark settlement rate of 15 cents per minute as required by the Commission's Benchmarks Order for service on the following routes: U.S.-Cyprus, U.S.-Kuwait, and U.S.- Netherlands Antilles. Comments due April 28*; reply comments due May 10.

IB 99-81; NPRM 3/25 (adopted 3/18); FCC 99-50

Establishment of Policies and Service Rules for the Mobile Satellite Service in the 2 GHz Band

Proposed initiating the process for licensing a new generation of innovative mobile satellite services. Comments due June 24, replies July 26.

IB 96-261; Order 4/29 (adopted 4/29); DA 99-817

International Settlement Rates

Extended comment period re: a petition for enforcement of international settlements benchmark rates for services with Netherlands Antilles. Comments due May 3*; replies May 13.

Order 4/21 (adopted 4/21); DA 99-765

Skybridge L.L.C. et al

Extended deadlines for filing comments, petitions to deny and responsive pleadings with respect to applications to be considered in the non-geostationary fixed-satellite service Ku-band. Comments and/or petitions to deny due June 30; replies July 21; replies to opposition due August 2

Order 4/21 (adopted 4/21); DA 99-766

CAI Data Systems, Inc. et al

Extended deadlines for filing comments, petitions to deny and responsive pleadings with respect to applications to be considered in the second 28 GHz band processing round. Comments and/or petitions to deny due May 21; replies June 11; replies to opposition June 21.


MM 99-25; NPRM 2/3/99 (adopted 1/28/99); FCC 99-6

Creation of a Low Power Radio Service

Proposed to establish rules authorizing the operations of new, low power FM (LPFM) radio stations. Comments due April 12*; replies May 12.

MM 99-25; Order 3/19/99 (adopted 3/19/99); DA 99-542

Creation of a Low Power Radio Service

Granted extension of the comment date to June 1, 1999, and reply comment date to July 1, 1999, in response to petitions filed by Lucent Digital Radio and by the National Association of Broadcasters, the Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association, and a number of state broadcaster organizations.


CC 95-116; MO&O 9/1/98 (adopted 9/1/98); DA 98-1763

Telephone Number Portability

Granted a petition filed by the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) requesting a nine-month stay of the requirement that all cellular, broadband personal communications service (PCS), and covered specialized mobile radio (SMR) carriers provide service provider number portability by June 30, 1999, while supporting nationwide roaming. The Bureau finds that extending the deadline from June 30, 1999 to March 31, 2000, is necessary to ensure the efficient development of wireless number portability.

WT 99-87; NPRM 3/25 (adopted 3/19); FCC 99-52

Establishment of Public Service Radio Pool in the Private Mobile Frequencies Below 800 MHz

Proposed changes to the FCC's rules and policies to implement the revised auction authority. Comments due 60 days and replies 90 days after Federal Register publication.

CC 96-61; FNPRM 4/21 (adopted 3/8); FCC 99-43

Policy and Rules Concerning the Interstate Interexchange Marketplace

Seeking further comment on several issues regarding the application of rate integration to the interstate, interexchange services offered by commercial mobile radio service providers. comments due May 27; replies June 28.

PN 4/22; DA 99-780

Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Seeks Comment on Paging Network, Inc.'s Request for Waiver of the Coverage Requirements for 900 MHz SMR Licensees

On February 24, Paging Network, Inc. filed a request for waiver of the Commission's coverage requirements for its Major Trading Area licenses in the 896-901/935-940 MHz band. Pageant, which acquired its MTA licenses at auction, is seeking to obtain additional time in which to construct its Specialized Mobile Radio systems. Comments due May 7; replies May 17. Contact: Suzan Friedman at (202) 418-7240.


Order Granting Extension of Time 4/20 (adopted 4/20); DA 99-760

Amendment of the Commission's Rules to Update ISM Regulations and Promote Deployment of New, High Bandwidth Communications Devices

Granted The International Microwave Power Institute's motion for extension of time to extend the comment deadline in this proceeding. Comments now due May 19.


MD 98-200; NOI 12/4/98 (adopted 11/10/98); FCC 98-298

Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 1999

The Commission began a rulemaking proceeding seeking comments and suggestions for revising its Schedule of Regulatory Fees in order to recover the amount of regulatory fees that Congress requires it to collect for Fiscal Year 1999. OMD Contact: Fee Hotline at (202) 418-0192.