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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.
(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 of "holiday."
(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 theFederal Register,including
summaries thereof, the date of publication in theFederal 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 theFederal Registeron 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 theFederal 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
theFederal Register.Public notice of the filing of a petition for
reconsideration is published in theFederal Registeron 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 theFederal Registerand the Commission so
states in its decision, the date of public notice will commence on the
day of theFederal Registerpublication date. If the decision fails to
specifyFederal Registerpublication, the date of public notice will
commence on the release date, even if the document is subsequently
published in theFederal 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 theFederal Registeron
Friday, April 10, 1987. If the decision itself specifiesFederal
Registerpublication, the date of public notice is Friday, April 10,
1987. If this decision does not specifyFederal Registerpublication,
public notice occurs on Wednesday, April 1, 1987, and the first day to
be counted in computing filing periods is Thursday, April 2, 1987.
(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 theFederal Registernor
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 default occurs.
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 ofFederal Registerpublication. 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 theFederal Register,the first day to be counted is the
day after the date of theFederal Registerpublication. Accordingly, if
theFederal Registerdocument 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
offices are closed and not reopened prior to 5:30 p.m. For example, a
regularly scheduled Commission business day may become a holiday if its
offices are closed prior to 5:30 p.m. due to adverse weather, emergency
or other closing.
Note: 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, § 1.120(d),
§ 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
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.
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
[ 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]
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