The 59 page NOI broadband plan document is open for comment until June 8, 2009 with the FCC required to reply to comments on July 7, 2009. Let's look at the process.
Notices of Inquiry (NOIs) are Issued by the FCC as a way to collect comment, ideas and input on given topics. NOIs are given time deadlines and any interested party can submit comments before the dates indicated on the first page of the NOI. Comments can be filed a couple different ways:
- Using the FCC's’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) at http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/ or the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Filers should follow the instructions provided on the website for submitting comments.
- Paper filing that requires four copies of each filing be addressed and delivered to the Commissions Secretary.
What can be commented on? Here's a quote in the NOI appendix from FCC Commissioner Robert M. Dowell:
Critical work as we move forward in our country.