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FCC 0.465
Revised as of August 6, 2020
Goto Year:2019 | 2021
  § 0.465   Request for copies of materials which are available, or made
available, for public inspection.

   (a) The Commission may award a contract to a commercial duplication
   firm to make copies of Commission records and offer them for sale to
   the public. In addition to the charge for copying, the contractor may
   charge a search fee for locating and retrieving the requested documents
   from the Commission's files.

   Note to paragraph (a): The name, address, telephone number, and
   schedule of fees for the current copy contractor, if any, are published
   at the time of contract award of renewal in a public notice and
   periodically thereafter. Current information is available at
   http://www.fcc.gov/foia and
   http://www.fcc.gov/consumer-governmental-affairs. Questions regarding
   this information should be directed to the Reference Information Center
   of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0270.

   (b)(1) Records routinely available for public inspection under § 0.453
   are available to the public through the Commission's Reference
   Information Center. Section 0.461 does not apply to such records.

   (2) Audio or video recordings or transcripts of Commission proceedings
   are available to the public through the Commission's Reference
   Information Center. In some cases, only some of these formats may be
   available.

   (c)(1) Contractual arrangements which have been entered into with
   commercial firms, as described in this section, do not in any way limit
   the right of the public to inspect Commission records or to retrieve
   whatever information may be desired. Coin-operated and debit card copy
   machines are available for use by the public.

   (2) The Commission has reserved the right to make copies of its records
   for its own use or for the use of other agencies of the U.S.
   Government. When it serves the regulatory or financial interests of the
   U.S. Government, the Commission will make and furnish copies of its
   records free of charge. In other circumstances, however, if it should
   be necessary for the Commission to make and furnish copies of its
   records for the use of others, the fee for this service shall be ten
   cents ($0.10) per page or $5 per computer disk in addition to charges
   for staff time as provided in § 0.467. For copies prepared with other
   media, such as thumb drives or other portable electronic storage, the
   charge will be the actual direct cost including operator time. Requests
   for copying should be accompanied by a statement specifying the maximum
   copying fee the person making the request is prepared to pay. If the
   Commission estimates that copying charges are likely to exceed the
   greater of $25 or the amount which the requester has indicated that
   he/she is prepared to pay, then it shall notify the requester of the
   estimated amount of fees. Such a notice shall offer the requester the
   opportunity to confer with Commission personnel with the object of
   revising or clarifying the request.

   Note to paragraph (c)(2): The criterion considered in acting on a
   waiver request is whether “waiver or reduction of the fee is in the
   public interest because furnishing the information can be considered as
   primarily benefiting the general public.” 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(4)(A). A
   request for a waiver or reduction of fees will be decided by the
   General Counsel as set forth in § 0.470(e).

   (3) Certified documents. Copies of documents which are available or
   made available, for inspection under § § 0.451 through 0.465, will be
   prepared and certified, under seal, by the Secretary or his or her
   designee. Requests shall be in writing, specifying the exact documents,
   the number of copies desired, and the date on which they will be
   required. The request shall allow a reasonable time for the preparation
   and certification of copies. The fee for preparing copies shall be the
   same as that charged by the Commission as described in paragraph (c)(2)
   of this section. The fee for certification shall be $10 for each
   document.

   (d)(1) Computer maintained databases produced by the Commission and
   routinely available to the public (see § 0.453) may be obtained from the
   FCC's Web site at http://www.fcc.gov or if unavailable on the
   Commission's Web site, from the Reference Information Center.

   (2) Copies of computer generated data stored as paper printouts or
   electronic media and available to the public may also be obtained from
   the Commission's Reference Information Center (see paragraph (a) of
   this section).

   (3) Copies of computer source programs and associated documentation
   produced by the Commission and available to the public may be obtained
   from the Office of the Managing Director.

   (e) This section does not apply to records available on the
   Commission's Web site, http://www.fcc.gov, or printed publications
   which may be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents or private
   firms (see § § 0.411 through 0.420), nor does it apply to application
   forms or information bulletins, which are prepared for the use and
   information of the public and are available upon request (see § § 0.421
   and 0.423) or on the Commission's Web site,
   http://www.fcc.gov/formpage.html.

   [ 82 FR 4195 , Jan. 13, 2017]

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