FCC 1.4 Revised as of December 4, 2012
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§ 1.4 Computation of time.
(a) Purpose. The purpose of this rule section is to detail the method
for computing the amount of time within which persons or entities must
act in response to deadlines established by the Commission. It also
applies to computation of time for seeking both reconsideration and
judicial review of Commission decisions. In addition, this rule section
prescribes the method for computing the amount of time within which the
Commission must act in response to deadlines established by statute, a
Commission rule, or Commission order.
(b) General Rule—Computation of Beginning Date When Action is Initiated
by Commission or Staff. Unless otherwise provided, the first day to be
counted when a period of time begins with an action taken by the
Commission, an Administrative Law Judge or by members of the Commission
or its staff pursuant to delegated authority is the day after the day
on which public notice of that action is given. See § 1.4(b) (1)-(5) of
this section. Unless otherwise provided, all Rules measuring time from
the date of the issuance of a Commission document entitled “Public
Notice” shall be calculated in accordance with this section. See
§ 1.4(b)(4) of this section for a description of the “Public Notice”
document. Unless otherwise provided in § 1.4 (g) and (h) of this
section, it is immaterial whether the first day is a “holiday.” For
purposes of this section, the term public notice means the date of any
of the following events: See § 1.4(e)(1) of this section for definition
(1) For all documents in notice and comment and non-notice and comment
rulemaking proceedings required by the Administrative Procedure Act, 5
U.S.C. 552, 553, to be published in the Federal Register, including
summaries thereof, the date of publication in the Federal Register.
Note to paragraph ( b )(1): Licensing and other adjudicatory decisions
with respect to specific parties that may be associated with or
contained in rulemaking documents are governed by the provisions of
Example 1: A document in a Commission rule making proceeding is
published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, May 6, 1987. Public
notice commences on Wednesday, May 6, 1987. The first day to be counted
in computing the beginning date of a period of time for action in
response to the document is Thursday, May 7, 1987, the “day after the
day” of public notice.
Example 2: Section 1.429(e) provides that when a petition for
reconsideration is timely filed in proper form, public notice of its
filing is published in the Federal Register. Section 1.429(f) provides
that oppositions to a petition for reconsideration shall be filed
within 15 days after public notice of the petition's filing in the
Federal Register. Public notice of the filing of a petition for
reconsideration is published in the Federal Register on Wednesday,
June 10, 1987. For purposes of computing the filing period for an
opposition, the first day to be counted is Thursday, June 11, 1987,
which is the day after the date of public notice. Therefore,
oppositions to the reconsideration petition must be filed by Thursday,
June 25, 1987, 15 days later.
(2) For non-rulemaking documents released by the Commission or staff,
including the Commission's section 271 determinations, 47 U.S.C. 271,
the release date.
Example 3: The Chief, Mass Media Bureau, adopts an order on Thursday,
April 2, 1987. The text of that order is not released to the public
until Friday, April 3, 1987. Public notice of this decision is given on
Friday, April 3, 1987. Saturday, April 4, 1987, is the first day to be
counted in computing filing periods.
(3) For rule makings of particular applicability, if the rule making
document is to be published in the Federal Register and the
Commission so states in its decision, the date of public notice will
commence on the day of the Federal Register publication date. If
the decision fails to specify Federal Register publication, the
date of public notice will commence on the release date, even if the
document is subsequently published in the Federal Register. See
Declaratory Ruling, 51 FR 23059 (June 25, 1986).
Example 4: An order establishing an investigation of a tariff, and
designating issues to be resolved in the investigation, is released on
Wednesday, April 1, 1987, and is published in the Federal Register
on Friday, April 10, 1987. If the decision itself specifies
Federal Register publication, the date of public notice is Friday,
April 10, 1987. If this decision does not specify Federal Register
publication, public notice occurs on Wednesday, April 1, 1987, and the
first day to be counted in computing filing periods is Thursday, April
(4) If the full text of an action document is not to be released by the
Commission, but a descriptive document entitled “Public Notice”
describing the action is released, the date on which the descriptive
“Public Notice” is released.
Example 5: At a public meeting the Commission considers an uncontested
application to transfer control of a broadcast station. The Commission
grants the application and does not plan to issue a full text of its
decision on the uncontested matter. Five days after the meeting, a
descriptive “Public Notice” announcing the action is publicly released.
The date of public notice commences on the day of the release date.
Example 6: A Public Notice of petitions for rule making filed with the
Commission is released on Wednesday, September 2, 1987; public notice
of these petitions is given on September 2, 1987. The first day to be
counted in computing filing times is Thursday, September 3, 1987.
(5) If a document is neither published in the Federal Register nor
released, and if a descriptive document entitled “Public Notice” is not
released, the date appearing on the document sent (e.g., mailed,
telegraphed, etc.) to persons affected by the action.
Example 7: A Bureau grants a license to an applicant, or issues a
waiver for non-conforming operation to an existing licensee, and no
“Public Notice” announcing the action is released. The date of public
notice commences on the day appearing on the license mailed to the
applicant or appearing on the face of the letter granting the waiver
mailed to the licensee.
(c) General Rule—Computation of Beginning Date When Action is Initiated
by Act, Event or Default. Commission procedures frequently require the
computation of a period of time where the period begins with the
occurrence of an act, event or default and terminates a specific number
of days thereafter. Unless otherwise provided, the first day to be
counted when a period of time begins with the occurrence of an act,
event or default is the day after the day on which the act, event or
Example 8: Commission Rule § 21.39(d) requires the filing of an
application requesting consent to involuntary assignment or control of
the permit or license within thirty days after the occurrence of the
death or legal disability of the licensee or permittee. If a licensee
passes away on Sunday, March 1, 1987, the first day to be counted
pursuant to § 1.4(c) is the day after the act or event. Therefore,
Monday, March 2, 1987, is the first day of the thirty day period
specified in § 21.39(d).
(d) General Rule—Computation of Terminal Date. Unless otherwise
provided, when computing a period of time the last day of such period
of time is included in the computation, and any action required must be
taken on or before that day.
Example 9: Paragraph 1.4(b)(1) of this section provides that “public
notice” in a notice and comment rule making proceeding begins on the
day of Federal Register publication. Paragraph 1.4(b) of this
section provides that the first day to be counted in computing a
terminal date is the “day after the day” on which public notice occurs.
Therefore, if the commission allows or requires an action to be taken
20 days after public notice in the Federal Register, the first day to
be counted is the day after the date of the Federal Register
publication. Accordingly, if the Federal Register document is
published on Thursday, July 23, 1987, public notice is given on
Thursday, July 23, and the first day to be counted in computing a 20
day period is Friday, July 24, 1987. The 20th day or terminal date upon
which action must be taken is Wednesday, August 12, 1987.
(e) Definitions for purposes of this section:
(1) The term holiday means Saturday, Sunday, officially recognized
Federal legal holidays and any other day on which the Commission's
Headquarters are closed and not reopened prior to 5:30 p.m., or on
which a Commission office aside from Headquarters is closed (but, in
that situation, the holiday will apply only to filings with that
particular office). For example, a regularly scheduled Commission
business day may become a holiday with respect to the entire Commission
if Headquarters is closed prior to 5:30 p.m. due to adverse weather,
emergency or other closing. Additionally, a regularly scheduled
Commission business day may become a holiday with respect to a
particular Commission office aside from Headquarters if that office is
closed prior to 5:30 p.m. due to similar circumstances.
Note to paragraph ( e )(1): As of August 1987, officially recognized
Federal legal holidays are New Year's Day, January 1; Martin Luther
King's Birthday, third Monday in January; Washington's Birthday, third
Monday in February; Memorial Day, last Monday in May; Independence Day,
July 4; Labor Day, first Monday in September; Columbus Day, second
Monday in October; Veterans Day, November 11; Thanksgiving Day, fourth
Thursday in November; Christmas Day, December 25. If a legal holiday
falls on Saturday or Sunday, the holiday is taken, respectively, on the
preceding Friday or the following Monday. In addition, January 20,
(Inauguration Day) following a Presidential election year is a legal
holiday in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. If Inauguration Day
falls on Sunday, the next succeeding day is a legal holiday. See 5
U.S.C. 6103; Executive Order No. 11582, 36 FR 2957 (Feb. 11, 1971). The
determination of a “holiday” will apply only to the specific Commission
location(s) designated as on “holiday” on that particular day.
(2) The term business day means all days, including days when the
Commission opens later than the time specified in Rule § 0.403, which
are not “holidays” as defined above.
(3) The term filing period means the number of days allowed or
prescribed by statute, rule, order, notice or other Commission action
for filing any document with the Commission. It does not include any
additional days allowed for filing any document pursuant to paragraphs
(g), (h) and (j) of this section.
(4) The term filing date means the date upon which a document must be
filed after all computations of time authorized by this section have
(f) Except as provided in § 0.401(b) of this chapter, all petitions,
pleadings, tariffs or other documents not required to be accompanied by
a fee and which are hand-delivered must be tendered for filing in
complete form, as directed by the Rules, with the Office of the
Secretary before 7 p.m., at 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554.
The Secretary will determine whether a tendered document meets the
pre-7:00 p.m. deadline. Documents filed electronically pursuant to
§ 1.49(f) must be received by the Commission's electronic filing system
before midnight. Applications, attachments and pleadings filed
electronically in the Universal Licensing System (ULS) pursuant to
§ 1.939(b) must be received before midnight on the filing date. Media
Bureau applications and reports filed electronically pursuant to
§ 73.3500 of this chapter must be received by the electronic filing
system before midnight on the filing date.
(g) Unless otherwise provided (e.g., § § 1.773 and 76.1502(e)(1) of this
chapter), if the filing period is less than 7 days, intermediate
holidays shall not be counted in determining the filing date.
Example 10: A reply is required to be filed within 5 days after the
filing of an opposition in a license application proceeding. The
opposition is filed on Wednesday, June 10, 1987. The first day to be
counted in computing the 5 day time period is Thursday, June 11, 1987.
Saturday and Sunday are not counted because they are holidays. The
document must be filed with the Commission on or before the following
Wednesday, June 17, 1987.
(h) If a document is required to be served upon other parties by
statute or Commission regulation and the document is in fact served by
mail (see § 1.47(f)), and the filing period for a response is 10 days
or less, an additional 3 days (excluding holidays) will be allowed to
all parties in the proceeding for filing a response. This paragraph (h)
shall not apply to documents filed pursuant to § 1.89, § 1.315(b) or
§ 1.316. For purposes of this paragraph (h) service by facsimile or by
electronic means shall be deemed equivalent to hand delivery.
Example 11: A reply to an opposition for a petition for reconsideration
must be filed within 7 days after the opposition is filed. 47 CFR
1.106(h). The rules require that the opposition be served on the person
seeking reconsideration. 47 CFR 1.106(g). If the opposition is served
on the party seeking reconsideration by mail and the opposition is
filed with the Commission on Monday, November 9, 1987, the first day to
be counted is Tuesday, November 10, 1987 (the day after the day on
which the event occurred, § 1.4(c)), and the seventh day is Monday,
November 16. An additional 3 days (excluding holidays) is then added at
the end of the 7 day period, and the reply must be filed no later than
Thursday, November 19, 1987.
Example 12: Assume that oppositions to a petition in a particular
proceeding are due 10 days after the petition is filed and must be
served on the parties to the proceeding. If the petition is filed on
October 28, 1993, the last day of the filing period for oppositions is
Sunday, November 7. If service is made by mail, the opposition is due
three days after November 7, or Wednesday, November 10.
(i) If both paragraphs (g) and (h) of this section are applicable, make
the paragraph (g) computation before the paragraph (h) computation.
Example 13: Section 1.45(b) requires the filing of replies to
oppositions within five days after the time for filing oppositions has
expired. If an opposition has been filed on the last day of the filing
period (Friday, July 10, 1987), and was served on the replying party by
mail, § 1.4(i) of this section specifies that the paragraph (g)
computation should be made before the paragraph (h) computation.
Therefore, since the specified filing period is less than seven days,
paragraph (g) is applied first. The first day of the filing period is
Monday, July 13, 1987, and Friday, July 17, 1987 is the fifth day (the
intervening weekend was not counted). Paragraph (h) is then applied to
add three days for mailing (excluding holidays). That period begins on
Monday, July 20, 1987. Therefore, Wednesday, July 22, 1987, is the date
by which replies must be filed, since the intervening weekend is again
(j) Unless otherwise provided (e.g. § 76.1502(e) of this chapter) if,
after making all the computations provided for in this section, the
filing date falls on a holiday, the document shall be filed on the next
business day. See paragraph (e)(1) of this section. If a rule or order
of the Commission specifies that the Commission must act by a certain
date and that date falls on a holiday, the Commission action must be
taken by the next business day.
Example 14: The filing date falls on Friday, December 25, 1987. The
document is required to be filed on the next business day, which is
Monday, December 28, 1987.
(k) Where specific provisions of part 1 conflict with this section,
those specific provisions of part 1 are controlling. See,
e.g.,§ § 1.45(d), 1.773(a)(3) and 1.773(b)(2). Additionally, where
§ 76.1502(e) of this chapter conflicts with this section, those
specific provisions of § 76.1502 are controlling. See e.g. 47 CFR
(l) When Commission action is required by statute to be taken by a date
that falls on a holiday, such action may be taken by the next business
day (unless the statute provides otherwise).
[ 52 FR 49159 , Dec. 30, 1987; 53 FR 44196 , Nov. 2, 1988, as amended at
56 FR 40567 , 40568, Aug. 15, 1991; 58 FR 17529 , Apr. 5, 1993; 61 FR 11749 , Mar. 22, 1996; 62 FR 26238 , May 13, 1997; 63 FR 24124 , May 1,
1998; 64 FR 27201 , May 19, 1999; 64 FR 60725 , Nov. 8, 1999; 65 FR 46109 , July 27, 2000; 67 FR 13223 , Mar. 21, 2002; 71 FR 15618 , Mar. 29,
2006; 74 FR 68544 , Dec. 28, 2009; 76 FR 24390 , May 2, 2011; 76 FR 70908 , Nov. 16, 2011]
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