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Gathering and analyzing comments from the public is an important part of the Federal Communications Commission's rulemaking process. The FCC considers the public's input when developing rules and policies. By submitting comments, the public can take part in developing policies that affect telecommunications and broadcast issues. Following are some FCC-related terms and acronyms and some instructions that will help you in filing comments and understanding the FCC's decision-making processes. Acronyms and Terms The FCC issues a Public Notice (PN) to inform the public about an action or event. Sometimes a PN invites public comment. When a PN seeks public comment, it generally includes filing deadlines and information on how to file comments. A person outside of the FCC files a Petition for Rulemaking (Petition) to suggest new rules or changes to existing rules. Unless directed otherwise in the FCC’s Public Notice seeking comment on the petition, the public has 30 days from the date of the Public Notice to submit comments on whether the FCC should grant or deny the petition. After reviewing the comments received in response to the petition, the FCC issues an Order disposing of the petition, a Notice of Inquiry (NOI), or a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). Copies of Petitions for Rulemaking are available for viewing on the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), and for inspection in the FCC’s Referenc

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