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§ 1.429 Petition for reconsideration of final orders in rulemaking
(a) Any interested person may petition for reconsideration of a final
action in a proceeding conducted under this subpart (see § § 1.407 and
1.425). Where the action was taken by the Commission, the petition will
be acted on by the Commission. Where action was taken by a staff
official under delegated authority, the petition may be acted on by the
staff official or referred to the Commission for action.
Note: The staff has been authorized to act on rulemaking proceedings
described in § 1.420 and is authorized to make editorial changes in the
rules (see § 0.231(d)).
(b) A petition for reconsideration which relies on facts or arguments
which have not previously been presented to the Commission will be
granted only under the following circumstances:
(1) The facts or arguments relied on relate to events which have
occurred or circumstances which have changed since the last opportunity
to present such matters to the Commission;
(2) The facts or arguments relied on were unknown to petitioner until
after his last opportunity to present them to the Commission, and he
could not through the exercise of ordinary diligence have learned of
the facts or arguments in question prior to such opportunity; or
(3) The Commission determines that consideration of the facts or
arguments relied on is required in the public interest.
(c) The petition for reconsideration shall state with particularity the
respects in which petitioner believes the action taken should be
(d) The petition for reconsideration and any supplement thereto shall
be filed within 30 days from the date of public notice of such action,
as that date is defined in § 1.4(b). No supplement to a petition for
reconsideration filed after expiration of the 30 day period will be
considered, except upon leave granted pursuant to a separate pleading
stating the grounds for acceptance of the supplement. The petition for
reconsideration shall not exceed 25 double-spaced typewritten pages.
See also § 1.49(f).
(e) Except as provided in § 1.420(f), petitions for reconsideration need
not be served on parties to the proceeding. (However, where the number
of parties is relatively small, the Commission encourages the service
of petitions for reconsideration and other pleadings, and agreements
among parties to exchange copies of pleadings. See also § 1.47(d)
regarding electronic service of documents.) When a petition for
reconsideration is timely filed in proper form, public notice of its
filing is published in the Federal Register. The time for filing
oppositions to the petition runs from the date of public notice. See
(f) Oppositions to a petition for reconsideration shall be filed within
15 days after the date of public notice of the petition's filing and
need be served only on the person who filed the petition. See also
§ 1.49(d). Oppositions shall not exceed 25 double-spaced typewritten
pages. See § 1.49(f).
(g) Replies to an opposition shall be filed within 10 days after the
time for filing oppositions has expired and need be served only on the
person who filed the opposition. Replies shall not exceed 10
double-spaced typewritten pages. See also § § 1.49(d) and 1.49(f).
(h) Petitions for reconsideration, oppositions and replies shall
conform to the requirements of § § 1.49 and 1.52, except that they need
not be verified. Except as provided in § 1.420(e), an original and 11
copies shall be submitted to the Secretary, Federal Communications
Commission, Washington, DC 20554, by mail, by commercial courier, by
hand, or by electronic submission through the Commission's Electronic
Comment Filing System. Petitions submitted only by electronic mail and
petitions submitted directly to staff without submission to the
Secretary shall not be considered to have been properly filed. Parties
filing in electronic form need only submit one copy.
(i) The Commission may grant the petition for reconsideration in whole
or in part or may deny or dismiss the petition. Its order will contain
a concise statement of the reasons for the action taken. Any order
addressing a petition for reconsideration which modifies rules adopted
by the original order is, to the extent of such modification, subject
to reconsideration in the same manner as the original order. Except in
such circumstance, a second petition for reconsideration may be
dismissed by the staff as repetitious. In no event shall a ruling which
denies a petition for reconsideration be considered a modification of
the original order.
(j) The filing of a petition for reconsideration is not a condition
precedent to judicial review of any action taken by the Commission,
except where the person seeking such review was not a party to the
proceeding resulting in the action or relies on questions of fact or
law upon which the Commission has been afforded no opportunity to pass.
Subject to the provisions of paragraph (b) of this section, such a
person may qualify to seek judicial review by filing a petition for
(k) Without special order of the Commission, the filing of a petition
for reconsideration shall not excuse any person from complying with any
rule or operate in any manner to stay or postpone its enforcement.
However, upon good cause shown, the Commission will stay the effective
date of a rule pending a decision on a petition for reconsideration.
See, however, § 1.420(f).
(l) Petitions for reconsideration of a Commission action that plainly
do not warrant consideration by the Commission may be dismissed or
denied by the relevant bureau(s) or office(s). Examples include, but
are not limited to, petitions that:
(1) Fail to identify any material error, omission, or reason warranting
(2) Rely on facts or arguments which have not previously been presented
to the Commission and which do not meet the requirements of paragraphs
(b)(1) through (3) of this section;
(3) Rely on arguments that have been fully considered and rejected by
the Commission within the same proceeding;
(4) Fail to state with particularity the respects in which petitioner
believes the action taken should be changed as required by paragraph
(c) of this section;
(5) Relate to matters outside the scope of the order for which
reconsideration is sought;
(6) Omit information required by these rules to be included with a
petition for reconsideration;
(7) Fail to comply with the procedural requirements set forth in
paragraphs (d), (e), and (h) of this section;
(8) Relate to an order for which reconsideration has been previously
denied on similar grounds, except for petitions which could be granted
under paragraph (b) of this section; or
(9) Are untimely.
(Secs. 4, 303, 307, 48 Stat., as amended, 1066, 1082, 1083; 47 U.S.C.
154, 303, 307)
[ 41 FR 1287 , Jan. 7, 1976, as amended at 44 FR 5436 , Jan. 26, 1979; 46 FR 18556 , Mar. 25, 1981; 52 FR 49161 , Dec. 30, 1987; 63 FR 24126 , May
1, 1998; 76 FR 24392 , May 2, 2011]
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