FCC Extends Comments Deadlines in Network Reliability Proceeding
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 | Comments

The FCC granted a request from the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) to extend the comment and reply comment deadlines in its ongoing network reliability proceeding by 10 days.

In September, the FCC adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that sought comment on proposed rules to improve communications reliability during disasters. The NPRM seeks comment on the wireless industry’s disaster response framework, the commission’s network outage reporting rules and strategies to reduce the impact of power outages on communications networks.

The NPRM was published in the Federal Register on November 5, which set the deadline for comments on December 6 and reply comments on January 4. The extension extends the deadlines December 16 for comments and January 14 for reply comments.

EEI filed its request for an extension on November 19. EEI argued that the deadlines should be extended to “ensure that there is sufficient time to conduct consultations with respective member companies to prepare reasoned comments and reply comments that meaningfully address the broad range of issues presented by the NPRM.”

EEI cited the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve holidays and noted that many organizations are closed around that time. EEI said that without an extension, it would be challenging to “build industry consensus before submitting comments” and that an extension of 10 days would not result in a meaningful delay in the proceeding.

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