The FCC announced that it would extend deadlines to accommodate outages in the Universal Licensing System (ULS), Tower Construction Notification System (TCNS), E-106 System, and Antenna Structure Registration Systems (ASR).  

These extended deadlines include: 

Regulatory Filings in ULS and ASR. All regulatory filings that needed to be or will need to be made in these systems starting June 9, 2023 are extended, and will remain paused until at least three business days after the Commission announces that the systems are back online. 

Historic Preservation Review Periods. For any review periods based on filings made in the TCNS and E-106 systems that were or are in progress during the period of unavailability, those review periods are paused while the systems are unavailable. The review periods will resume when the system comes back online. 

Responsive Pleadings. To the extent the due dates are extended by the Public Notice for filings to which reply or responsive pleadings are allowed, the due dates for those reply or responsive pleadings are extended by at least three business days after the affected systems become available. 

Special Temporary Authority. Any ULS filed STAs expiring on June 9, 2023 through the date the Commission announces normal ULS operations is extended for at least three business days after ULS becomes available again. Emergency STA requests should be submitted through ECFS pursuant to the Commission’s instructions for filing market-based STAs. 

In addition to these deadline extensions, the Commission noted that while they cannot waive any statutory filing deadlines, they will consider the Commission to have been “closed” for the filing of documents in the affected systems beginning at 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 9, 2023. The Commission will issue further notice when they are “reopen” and provide the deadline for impacted filings to be submitted. 

The Commission also noted that the CORES System is unaffected and regulatory or application fee payments can be made during this period.  

For further information, refer to the Commission’s public notice or contact us at Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth for help.