More from our "Mother May I" file

We have reported regularly on the plight of an applicant who has been denied 14 times in his efforts to get the FCC to grant the same two sets of applications. Given our previous attention to this, we would be remiss if we didn’t update our readers on the latest, if perhaps unsurprising, development: the applicant’s 15th try has been denied.

As readers may recall, after the 11th adverse ruling, the FCC forbade this particularly persistent party from again asking for reconsideration without first getting the Commission’s permission. That, of course, led to three more rounds. In the last (that would be the 14th) rejection, the Commission was none too subtle. It advised the applicant that “he should not expect further administrative review” and, presumably for emphasis, declared not once, but twice, that the “proceeding is now terminated.”

As if.

Much like that last guest who lingers at a party despite the host’s best efforts to close things down, the applicant declined to take the hint. Along with the by-now-requisite request for permission to file, he filed yet another petition for reconsideration.

This time around the Commission didn’t bother to tell him what he might or might not expect. “Reconsideration is denied” was all the FCC had to say, although it did helpfully add that, if the applicant still feels aggrieved, “he may seek judicial review from a court of competent jurisdiction”.

Whether the FCC actually expects, or even wants, him to head to court is unclear, but it presumably would prefer that he go somewhere, anywhere, other than back to the Commission, again. If the FCC really would like this applicant to seek judicial review, it might want to provide him with a list of courts of competent jurisdiction, along with their addresses. Look for such a list – and, who knows, maybe even a check to cover the appellate filing fee – in the order denying the next request, should one be filed. We’ll let you know.