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Federal Register Highlights – 12/26/13

December 26, 2013

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for December 26, 2013:

PROPOSED RULE: This document seeks updated information on the closed captioning of video clips delivered by Internet protocol (‘‘IP’’), including the extent to which industry has voluntarily captioned IP-delivered video clips. The Commission directed the Media Bureau to issue this document to seek comment on the industry’s progress in captioning IP-delivered video clips. The Commission stated that, if the resulting record demonstrates that lack of captioning of IP-delivered video clips denies consumers access to critical areas of video programming, then the Commission may reconsider the need for a requirement to provide closed captioning on IP-delivered video clips. Comments may be filed on or before January 27, 2014; reply comments may be filed on or before February 26, 2014. (Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the ECFS: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Commission has before it a petition for rulemaking filed by Family Broadcasting Group, Inc. (‘‘Family Broadcasting’’), the licensee of station KSBI(TV), channel 51, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, requesting the substitution of channel 23 for channel 51 at Oklahoma City. While the Commission instituted a freeze on the acceptance of full power television rulemaking petitions requesting channel substitutions in May 2011, it subsequently announced that it would lift the freeze to accept such petitions for rulemaking seeking to relocate from channel 51 pursuant to a voluntary relocation agreement with Lower 700 MHz A Block licensees. Family Broadcasting has entered into such a voluntary relocation agreement with U.S. Cellular Corporation and states that operation on channel 23 would eliminate potential interference to and from wireless operations in the adjacent Lower 700 MHZ A Block. Comments must be filed on or before January 10, 2014, and reply comments on or before January 27, 2014. (Submit written comments to: Federal Communications Commission, Office of the Secretary, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554. In addition to filing comments with the FCC, interested parties should serve counsel for petitioner as follows: John W. Bagwell, Esq., Lerman Senter PLLC, 2000 K Street NW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006.)

PROPOSED RULE: The Commission proposes conforming amendments to the Energy Labeling Rule (‘‘Rule’’) to require a new Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure for televisions and establish data reporting requirements for those products. Comments must be received by February 10, 2014. (Interested parties may file a comment online or on paper by writing to: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room H–113 (Annex F), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20580. Reference ‘‘Television Labels, Matter No. R611004’’ on your comment, or file your comment online at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/televisionlabels by following the instructions on the web-based form.)

 

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