Re: cr> Submitting a comment to the FCC


Sender: MichaelP <•••@••.•••>

The FCC address <> contains a lot of interesting stuff. 
For instance the complete FCC met on March 8 to hold a hearing on SPECTRUM
POLICY. You find the hearing transcript at


As to the subject of internet telephony here's the complete FCC request 
for comments:
                                                            PUBLIC NOTICE

                                        Federal Communications Commission
                                                         1919 M St., N.W.
                                                   Washington, D.C. 20554
                                       DA 96-414

Report No. CC 96-10                      COMMON CARRIER ACTION
        March 25, 1996


Comments Due:     May 8, 1996
Replies Due:           June 8, 1996

 On March 4, 1996, America's Carriers Telecommunication Association (ACTA)
file d a Petition for Declaratory Ruling, Special Relief, and Institution
of a Rulemaking relating to the provision of in terstate and international
interexchange telecommunications service via the "Internet" by
non-tariffed, uncertified enti ties.  ACTA alleges that providers of
"Internet phone" software and hardware are operating as uncertified and
unregulated common carriers, in contravention of FCC rules, and seeks
three forms of relief.  

First, ACTA seeks a declaratory ruling establishing the Commission's
authority over interstate and international telecommunications services
using the Internet.  Second, ACTA asks the Commission for special relief:
to order named and unnamed respondents immediately to stop provisioning
Internet phone s oftware and hardware without complying with the
regulatory requirements of the Communications Act of 1934.  Finally, A CTA
urges the Commission to initiate a rulemaking proceeding to consider rules
governing the use of the Internet for t he provision of telecommunications

 On March 8, 1996, a public notice was issued seeking comment on ACTA's
petitio n for rulemaking.  When petitions for rulemaking are filed with
the Commission, a public notice is routinely issu ed shortly after the
petition is filed.  The Commission's goal in seeking comment is to develop
a record on which to base a decision about whether or not the issues
raised by the outside party merit consideration. 

 We hereby establish a consolidated pleading cycle for all of ACTA's
requests. This proceeding will be treated as non-restricted for purposes
of the Commission's ex parte rules.  See generally 47 C.F.R.

 Because of the complex issues implicated by the ACTA petition, the
deadlines for filing comments on the petition are hereby extended.  All
comments on ACTA's petition should be filed on or before May 8, 1996, and
all reply comments should be filed on or before June 8, 1996.  Commenters
should file an original and fou r copies of their comments with the Office
of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, 1919 M Street, N.W.,
Room 222, Washington, D.C. 20554.  A copy should also be sent to Wanda
Harris, Common Carrier Bureau, FCC, Room 518, 1919 M Street, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20554, and to the Commission's contractor for public
service records duplicatio n: ITS, Inc., 2100 M Street, N.W., Suite 140,
Washington, D.C.  20037.  Informal comments in this proceeding may also be
file d via electronic mail to <•••@••.•••>. All filings in this
non-docketed proceeding should reference RM No. 8775.  The full text of
the petition, and the comments and reply comments will be available for
inspection and duplication during regu lar business hours in the FCC
Reference Center, Federal Communications Commission, 1919 M Street, N.W.,
Room 239, Washington, D .C. 20554.  Copies may also be obtained from
International Transcription Service, Inc. (ITS, Inc.), 2100 M Str eet,
N.W., Suite 140, Washington, D.C.  20037 (202/857-3800).  This public
notice and additional information on filing commen ts will be available on
the Internet through the "recent actions" section of the Common Carrier
Bureau home page at <http://www.>. 

 For further information, contact Kevin Werbach, 202/418-1597, of the Common Ca
rrier Bureau.

(Pointer from moderator: the ACTA petition itself is at in text form.--Andy)

 Posted by Andrew Oram  - •••@••.••• - Moderator: CYBER-RIGHTS (CPSR)
   CyberJournal:  (WWW or FTP) -->
 Materials may be reposted in their _entirety_ for non-commercial use.