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tive hearings where the agreement resolving the conflict among the applications is unopposed and where there are no outstanding issues concerning the basic qualifications of the applicant who would receive a construction permit or a license upon approval of the agreement.

(g) The official record of all actions taken by the General Counsel pursuant to g 0.251(f) is contained in the original docket folder, which is maintained by the Secretary in the Dockets Branch.

having substantial interests in the print media in the same area.

(iii) Creation of common ownership interests, management ties, or employment relationships between licensees serving substantial common areas and populations. Commonality of areas and populations served shall be determined in duopoly situations by overlap of the following service contours:

(Secs. 2, 3, 4, 5, 301, 303, 307, 308, 309, 315, 317, 48 Stat., as amended, 1064, 1065, 1066, 1068, 1081, 1082, 1083, 1084, 1085, 1088, 1089; 47 U.S.C. 152, 153, 154, 155, 301, 303, 307, 308, 309, 315, 317) (28 FR 12402, Nov. 22, 1963, as amended at 31 FR 3074, Feb. 24, 1966; 31 FR 4456, Mar. 16, 1968; 31 FR 11756, Sept. 8, 1966; 31 FR 13474, Oct. 19, 1966; 44 FR 60294, Oct. 19, 1979; 46 FR 57050, Nov. 20, 1981; 47 FR 16032, Apr. 14, 1982)

OFFICE OF PLANS AND POLICY

8 0.271 Authority delegated.

(a) Insofar as authority is not delegated to any other Bureau or Office, and with respect only to matters which are not in hearing status, the Chief, Office of Plans and Policy is delegated authority to deny requests or to extend the time within which comments may be filed in dockets over which the Office of Plans and Policy has primary authority. (45 FR 10347, Feb. 15, 1980)

CHIEF, BROADCAST BUREAU 8 0.281 Authority delegated.

The performance of functions and activities described in $ 0.71 is delegated to the Chief, Broadcast Bureau: Provided, That the following matters shall be referred by the Chief, Broadcast Bureau, to the Commission en banc for disposi. tion:

(a) Applications. Formal and informal applications for new or modified AM, FM, and TV facili. ties, and for the renewal, assignment, and transfer of construction permits and licenses involving such facilities, when such applications fail to satisfy the requirements of Commission rules or established Commission policy in the following areas of special concern:

(1) Multiple ownership, concentration of control, and cross-interests.

(i) Acquisition of a third broadcast station or modification of facilities if such would result in the common ownership of three broadcast stations where any two are within 100 miles of a third and primary service contour overlap would occur; "one-to-a-market” situations involving UHF stations or TV satellite stations; and duopoly situations involving TV satellite stations. (Commonly owned AM and FM stations in the same market are treated as one station for the purpose of the "third station" limitations.)

(ii) Acquisition of a broadcast station by a news paper in the same area, or other organization

AM–1 mVm; FM-1 mVm; and TV-Grade B. In "one-to-tmarket" situations, commonality of areas and populations served shall be determined by community encompassment with the following service contours: AM-2 mVm; FM-1 mVm; and TV-Grade A.

(iv) Acquisition of broadcast properties by corporations or individuals appearing to dominate the economic life of the community.

(2) Trafficking. Acquisition of broadcast properties by persons having a history of short term buying and selling such properties, or seeking waiver of the "three-year rule" ($ 1.597 of this chapter) when the seller will realize a profit.

(3) Anti-trust activity, unfair trade practices, and violations of law not previously considered by the Commission. (i) Proposals by applicants against whom communications-related anti-trust suits are pending or against whom there is pending any anti-trust suit in which an adverse verdict has been reached.

(ii) Proposals by applicants who have entered into a consent decree, have pleaded guilty or nolo contendere, or have been adjudged guilty in an anti-trust case during the three-year period preceding the filing of the application.

(iii) Proposals by applicants who have been the subject of a final cease and desist or consent order issued by the Federal Trade Commission during the three-year period preceding the filing of the application.

(iv) Proposals by applicants or including parties with felony or capital offense conviction records, or against whom a criminal proceeding is pending.

(4) Violations and complaint matters. Proposals filed by applicants against whom violation notices of a serious nature are outstanding or against whom questions suggesting serious misconduct remain unresolved, or by applicants with records of serious past misconduct.

(5) Equal employment opportunities. Proposals filed by applicants whose equal employment opportunities programs do not comply with Commission rules or policies and cannot be cleared by further staff inquiry or action, or whose past performance suggests the existence of discriminatory practices.

(6) Short-term licenses and renewals. Proposals which in the opinion of the Chief, Broadcast Bureau, warrant the issuance of a short-term license or renewal authorization.

(7) Programming: commercial matter.

(1) Commercial TV applicants for a new station, or assignment or transfer, or renewal of license,

proposing to exceed 16 minutes of commercial matter per hour, or during periods of high demand for political advertising, providing for exceptions permitting in excess of 20 minutes of commercial matter per hour during 10% or more of the station's total weekly hours of operation.

(8) Programming: program content and ascertainment of community needs. (i) Applications for new stations or assignments and transfers.

(A) Commercial AM and FM proposals of applicants for new stations and of assignees and transferees that have not submitted a narrative statement of their proposed programming, commercial TV proposals of applicants for new stations and of assignees and transferees (except those made by UHF stations not affiliated with major networks) which project for the hours 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight less than the indicated percentages in one or more of the following categories: 5% total local programming; 5% informational (news plus public affairs) programming; and 10% total non-entertainment programming.

(B) Commercial TV proposals of applicants for new stations and of assignees or transferees which contain substantial ascertainment defects which, for any reason, cannot be resolved by further staff inquiry or action. (See 1971 Ascertain. ment Primer: 27 FCC 2d 650 (1971), 36 FR 4092).

(ii) Applications for renewal. - (A) Commercial TV proposals (except those made by UHF stations not affiliated with major networks) which project for the hours 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight less than the indicated percentages in one or more of the following categories: 5% total local programming; 5% informational (news plus public affairs) programming; and 10% total non-entertainment programming.

(B) Commercial TV proposals containing substantial ascertainment defects which, for any reason, cannot be resolved by further staff inquiry or action. (See 1976 Ascertainment Primer: 57 F.C.C. 2d 418 (1975), recon. granted in part, 61 F.C.C. 2d 1 (1976)).

(9) Programming: Substantial shifts in format. Commercial AM, FM, and TV applications disclosing substantial changes affecting either the entertainment or non-entertainment portions of existing formats which raise significant public interest questions, or which are opposed by the listening or viewing public.

(10) Programming: promise versus performance. (i) Applications for assignments and transfers.

TV applications for assignment or transfer which vary substantially from the assignor's or transferor's prior representations with respect to commercial practices (as set forth in paragraph (a)(7) of this Section), or from the programming categories (as set forth in paragraph (a)(8) of this Section), and for which variation there is lacking, in the judgment of Broadcast Bureau, adequate justification in the public interest.

(ii) Applications for renewal.

Commercial TV applications for renewal which vary substantially from prior representations with respect to commercial practices (as set forth in paragraph (a)(7) of this Section), or from the programming categories set forth in paragraph (a)(8) of this Section, and for which variation there is lacking, in the judgment of the Broadcast Bureau, adequate justification in the public interest.

(11) Hearing orders. (i) Mutually exclusive applications, including renewal and construction permit applications, involving non-routine hearing issues.

(ii) Other renewal and assignment and transfer applications which appear to call for an evidentiary hearing.

(iii) Such other applications, as in the opinion of the Chief, Broadcast Bureau, warrant referral to the Commission prior to designation for hearing.

(12) Interference and mileage separations. Proposals for new or modified AM, FM, and TV facilities which would create substantial new prohibited overlap or station separation shortages. In the case of AM proposals (other than Class IV), a net increase in objectionable interference to another AM station involving more than 1 percent of the population served by such other station, whether or not consented to by the station affected, shall be referred to the Commission.

(13) Station location. (i) Commercial AM, FM, and TV proposals which, on their face, appear realistically intended to serve another community of larger size, Signal penetrations of 5 mV/m (AM), 3.16 mV/m (FM), and city grade (TV) shall be used in determining whether referral to the Commission is appropriate.

(ii) Any other such proposal raising allocations problems or presumptions under section 307(b) of the Communications Act which, for any reason, cannot be resolved by further staff inquiry or action.

(14) Main studio relocation. All AM, FM, and TV proposals for main studio relocation, or for waiver of main studio program origination requirements, under circumstances which have traditionally been viewed as creating a de facto change in station location.

(15) VHF television expansion. Commercial VHF television proposals seeking to bring or extend their Grade B contours into a significant area or population included within the predicted Grade B contour of a UHF television station where the area or population involved is covered by fewer than 4 VHF television signals.

(16) (Reserved) (17) Experimental and development operation. Proposals for experimental and developmental authority containing policy implications which, in the opinion of the Chief, Broadcast Bureau, warrant referral to the Commission.

(18) Miscellaneous applications and requests. (1) Proposals for special temporary, emergency, conditional, or interim operating authority of more than routine significance.

(ii) Any other application, proposal, or request presenting novel questions of fact, law, or policy which cannot be resolved under outstanding precedents and guidelines.

(b) Petitions and other requests for Commission action. (1) Petitions to deny, informal objections, and other petitions, directed against AM, FM, and TV applications for new or modified facilities, or for renewal, assignment or transfer of control, will be referred to the Commission if they: (1) Contain new or novel issues not previously considered by the Commission; (2) appear to justify a change in Commission policy; or (3) present documented allegations of failure to comply with the Commission's Equal Employment Opportunity rules and policies, or the applicant in question falls outside the applicable processing criteria in its employment of women and minorities.

(2) Petitions and other requests for reconsideration of actions taken by the Chief, Broadcast Bureau, when such petitions or requests contain new or novel arguments not previously considered by the Commission, present facts or arguments which appear to justify a change in Commission policy, or request reconsideration of orders desig. nating cases for hearing.

(3) Applications for review of actions taken by the Chief, Broadcast Bureau, which comply with $ 1.115 of this chapter.

(4) Petitions and other requests for waiver of Commission rules, whether or not accompanied by an application, when such petitions or requests contain new or novel arguments not previously considered by the Commission, or present facts or arguments which appear to justify a change in Commission policy.

(5) Petitions and other requests for declaratory rulings, when such petitions or requests contain new or novel arguments not previously considered by the Commission, or present facts or arguments which appear to justify a change in Commission policy.

(6) Petitions for rule making which have been accepted under $ 1.403, and final dispositions of rule making proceedings not involving routine changes in the FM and TV Tables of Assignments.

(7) Petitions and other requests for waiver of the prime-time access rule, in areas where Commission policy is not clearly established.

(8) Petitions and other requests for long-term waiver of the policy limiting affiliations by commonly owned networks in the same market.

(9) Petitions and other requests for waiver of the sponsorship identification provisions of the Communications Act, in accordance with section 317(d) thereof.

(10) Any other petition, pleading, or request presenting novel questions of fact, law, or policy

which cannot be resolved under outstanding precedents and guidelines.

(c) Administration and enforcement. (1) Proposed orders to show cause why station licenses or construction permits should not be revoked.

(2) Proposed actions following any case remanded by the courts.

(3) Notices of opportunity for hearing pursuant to $ 1.80(g) of this chapter; and notices of apparent liability, final forfeiture orders, and orders cancelling or reducing forfeitures imposed under $ 1.80(f) if the amount set out in the notice of apparent liability is more than $4000.

(4) Proposed public notices expressing Commission policy, interpreting the provisions of law, regulations, or treaties, or warning the broadcast industry as to certain types of violations.

(5) Problems involving apparent violation of the Commission's rules governing equal employment opportunities or otherwise indicating the existence of discriminatory practices which, in the opinion of the Chief, Broadcast Bureau, or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission should be brought to the attention of FCC Commissioners.

(6) Any other complaint or enforcement matter presenting novel questions of fact, law, or policy which cannot be resolved under outstanding precedents and guidelines. (Secs. 4, 303, 307, 48 Stat., as amended, 1066, 1082, 1083; 47 U.S.C. 164, 303, 307) (38 FR 31175, Nov. 12, 1973, as amended at 41 FR 20170, May 17, 1976; 44 FR 5436, Jan. 26, 1979; 44 FR 32377, June 6, 1979; 44 FR 60294, Oct. 19, 1979; 45 FR 42621, June 26, 1980; 46 FR 13906, Feb. 24, 1981; 46 FR 36852, July 16, 1981; 47 FR 20130, May 11, 1982)

8 0.282 Actions taken under delegated authority.

(a) In discharging the authority conferred by section 0.281 of this part, the Chief, Broadcast Bureau, shall establish working relationships with other bureaus and staff offices to assure the effective coordination of actions taken in the fol. lowing areas of joint responsibility;

(1) Complaints arising under sections 315 and 605 of the Communications Act-Office of General Counsel.

(2) Objections to proposed call signs and requests for waiver of procedural rules governing call sign assignments-Office of Science and Technology.

(3) Requests for waiver or refund of filing and/ or grant fees-Office of Executive Director and Office of General Counsel.

(4) Requests for waiver of tower painting and lighting specifications—Field Operations Bureau

(5) Matters involving emergency communications-Office of Executive Director.

(6) Complaints involving equal employment opportunities–Office of General Counsel.

(7) Requests for use of frequencies or bands of frequencies shared with private sector nonbroadcast or government services—Office of Science and Technology and appropriate operating bureau.

(8) Requests involving coordination with other agencies of government-Office of General Counsel, Office of Science and Technology and appropriate operating bureau.

(9) Proposals involving transmitter sites on public lands owned or controlled by the Departments of Agriculture or Interior-Office of Science and Technology.

(10) Proposals involving possible harmful impact on radio astronomy or radio research installations-Office of Science and Technology.

(b) With respect to non-routine applications granted under authority delegated in $ 0.281, the Chief, Broadcast Bureau or his designees, shall enter on the working papers associated with each application a narrative justification of the action taken. While not available for public inspection, these working papers shall, upon request, be made available to the Commissioners and members of their staffs.

(c) The Chief, Broadcast Bureau, shall prepare and submit to the Commission a quarterly statistical summary of actions taken during the preceding quarter under authority delegated to him in $ 0.281. The statistical summary shall be accompanied by a statement of industry trends apparent in the staff handling of non-routine matters during the same quarter. (38 FR 31176, Nov. 12, 1973, as amended at 40 FR 17254, Apr. 18, 1975; 44 FR 39180, July 5, 1979)

complaints, and requests for declaratory rulings in the Cable Television Relay Service, unless novel questions of fact, law, or policy are involved which cannot be resolved under existing precedents and guidelines;

(f) To designate for hearing, upon appropriate issues, mutually exclusive applications for authorization in the Cable Television Relay Service;

(g) To impose or delete conditions on any authorization granted pursuant to this section, to issue corrected authorizations, and to cancel authorizations in accordance with existing precedents and guidelines;

(h) To issue rulings and interpretations concerning complaints arising under section 315 of the Communications Act and 88 76.205 and 76.209 of this chapter;

(i) To act on petitions for special relief, waiver requests, objections, complaints, and requests for declaratory rulings and stays in the Cable Televi. sion Service, unless novel questions of fact, law, or policy are involved which cannot be resolved under existing precedents and guidelines;

(j) To act on requests for special temporary authority in the Cable Television Service and for temporary authority for special operations in the Cable Television Relay Service;

(k) To act on petitions for orders to show cause, or to issue orders to show cause on his own motion, unless novel questions of fact, law, or policy are involved which cannot be resolved under existing precedents and guidelines;

(1) To enter into consent agreements pursuant to $$ 1.93 and 1.94 of this chapter;

(m) To issue citations pursuant to $ 1.80 of this chapter, and to issue notices of apparent liability, final forfeiture orders, and orders cancelling or reducing forfeitures imposed under $ 1.80(f) in amounts of $10,000 or less for cable television systems and for facilities in the Cable Television Relay Service.

(Secs. 2, 3, 4, 5, 301, 303, 307, 308, 309, 315, 317, 48 Stat., as amended, 1064, 1065, 1066, 1068, 1081, 1082, 1083, 1084, 1085, 1088, 1089; 47 U.S.C. 152, 153, 154, 155, 301, 303, 307, 308, 309, 315, 317) (43 FR 52243, Nov. 9, 1978, as amended at 47 FR 8195, Feb. 25, 1982)

8 0.287 Record of actions taken.

The history card, the station file, and other appropriate files are designated to be the official record of the action taken by the Chief of the Broadcast Bureau. (33 FR 8228, June 1, 1968)

CABLE TELEVISION BUREAU 8 0.288 Authority delegated.

The Chief, Cable Television Bureau, is delegated authority to perform all functions of the Bureau, described in $ $ 0.83-0.90, as follows:

(a) To extend or shorten the time required to comply with Commission orders or rules, effectuate a transfer of control or assignment of license or other authorization, or to file pleadings, comments, briefs, annual reports, or responses to official correspondence;

(b) To initiate official correspondence;

(c) To act on requests for withdrawal of papers, and to dismiss petitions and applications, as provided in $$ 76.8 and 78.21 of this chapter, or those which are premature, repetitive, not timely filed, not acceptable under the Commission's rules, or moot;

(d) To modify or set aside on his own motion any action taken pursuant to delegated authority;

(e) To act on all applications for authorization, petitions to deny, objections, waiver requests,

8 0.290 Record of actions taken.

History cards, system or station files, and other appropriate files of the Cable Television Bureau are designated as the Commission's official records of actions taken by the Chief of the Cable Television Bureau pursuant to authority delegated to him.

(37 FR 15926, Aug. 8, 1972)

CHIEF, COMMON CARRIER BUREAU 8 0.291 Authority delegated.

The Chief, Common Carrier Bureau, is hereby delegated authority to perform all functions of plaints which present novel questions of fact, law or policy which cannot be resolved under outstanding precedents or guidelines. The Chief, Common Carrier Bureau shall not have authority to designate for hearing any applications except: (1) Applications for radio facilities filed pursuant to Parts 21, 22, 23 and 25 of this chapter which are mutually exclusive and (2) applications for facilities where the issues presented relate solely to whether the applicant has complied with outstanding precedents and guidelines.

(f) Authority concerning forfeitures. The Chief, Common Carrier Bureau shall not have authority to impose, reduce or cancel forfeitures pursuant to section 203 or section 503(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, in amounts of $10,000 or more.

(g) Authority concerning applications for review. The Chief, Common Carrier Bureau shall not have authority to act upon any applications for review of actions taken by the Chief, Common Carrier Bureau, pursuant to any delegated authority.

(h) Authority concerning rulemaking and investigatory proceedings. The Chief, Common Carrier Bureau shall not have authority to issue notices of proposed rulemaking, notices of inquiry or to issue reports or orders arising from either of the foregoing.

the Bureau, described in $ 0.91, subject to the following exceptions and limitations.

(a) Authority concerning applications. (1) The Chief, Common Carrier Bureau shall not have authority to act on any formal or informal radio applications of Section 214 applications for common carrier services which are in hearing status or where the estimated cost of construction (or value of radio facilities where an assignment or transfer of facilities is involved) is in excess of $10 million or the annual rental is in excess of $2 million. (The only exception to these monetary limitations will be special temporary authorizations in the event of extraordinary circumstances requiring the immediate restoration or institution of public service.)

(2) The Chief, Common Carrier Bureau shall not have authority to act on any applications or requests which present novel questions of fact, law or policy which cannot be resolved under outstanding precedents and guidelines.

(b) Authority concerning sections 219 and 220 of the Act. The Chief, Common Carrier Bureau shall not have authority to promulgate regulations or orders pursuant to section 219 or section 220 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, except that the Chief, Common Carrier Bureau shall have authority to approve depreciation charges to operating expenses on an interim basis subject to commission prescription prior to the end of January of the year following that in which interim approval is given.

(c) Authority concerning section 221(a) of the Act. (1) The Chief, Common Carrier Bureau shall not have authority to determine whether hearings shall be held on applications filed under section 221(a) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, where a request has been made by a telephone company, an association of telephone companies, a State Commission or local government authority. (2) The Chief, Common Carrier Bureau shall not have authority to act upon applications filed under Section 221(a) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, where the proposed expenditure for consolidation, acquisition or control is in excess of $10 million. (3) The Chief, Common Carrier Bureau shall not have authority to act upon any application, petition or request under section 221(a) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, which presents novel questions of fact, law or policy which cannot be resolved under outstanding precedents and guidelines.

(d) Authority concerning non-common carrier satellite systems. The Chief, Common Carrier Bureau shall not have authority to determine whether a construction permit shall be granted for a non-common carrier satellite system, or any part thereof, where the construction costs are in excess of $10 million.

(e) Authority to designate for hearing. The Chief, Common Carrier Bureau shall not have authority to designate for hearing any formal com

(Secs. 4, 5, 303, 48 Stat. 1066, 1068, 1082, as amended; 47 U.S.C. 154, 155, 303) (44 FR 18501, Mar. 28, 1979; 44 FR 22078, Apr. 13, 1979, as amended at 45 FR 22945, Apr. 4, 1980; 45 FR 25399, Apr. 15, 1980; 45 FR 31723, May 14, 1980)

8 0.301 Authority delegated jointly to Chiefs of

Common Carrier and Private Radio Bureaus. Authority is delegated jointly to the Chief of the Common Carrier Bureau and the Chief of the Private Radio Bureau to act upon applications involving common carrier matters in the aeronautical mobile service, and in the fixed service in Alaska. (For record of actions taken under this section, see $ 0.337.)

[45 FR 25399, Apr. 15, 1980)

8 0.302 Record of actions taken.

The application and authorization files in the appropriate central files of the Common Carrier Bureau are designated as the Commission's official records of actions by the Chief, Common Carrier Bureau pursuant to authority delegated to him. In the case of joint authority exercised by the Chief, Common Carrier Bureau, and the Chief, Private Radio Bureau, 8 0.337 applies. (Secs. 4, 5, 303, 48 Stat. 1066, 1068, 1082, as amended; 47 U.S.C. 154, 155, 303) (40 FR 7452, Feb. 20, 1975. Redesignated at 44 FR 18501, Mar. 28, 1979, and amended at 44 FR 39180, July 5, 1979)

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