FCC Record, Volume 27, No. 11, Pages 8850 to 9847, July 30 - August 17, 2012 Page: 8,883
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News Media Information 202 / 418-0500
Federal Communications Commission Fax-On-Demand 2021418-2830
445 12th St., S.W. TTY 202 / 418-2555
Washington, D.C. 20554 Internet: p.fcc.gov
Released: July 30, 2012
MEDIA BUREAU REMINDS MVPDs THAT THEY MUST FILE EEO PROGRAM
ANNUAL REPORTS (FCC FORM 396-C) BY OCTOBER 1, 2012 AND IDENTIFIES
THOSE THAT MUST RESPOND TO SUPPLEMENTARY INVESTIGATION
Pursuant to Section 76.77 of the Commission's Rules, 47 C.F.R. 76.77, by September 30 of
each year multi-channel video program distributors ("MVPDs") must file with the Commission an
FCC Form 396-C, Multi-Channel Video Programming Distributor EEO Program Annual Report,
for employment units with six or more full-time employees. Given that September 30, 2012 falls
on a Sunday, MVPDs have until October 1, 2012 to meet the filing requirement this year.' By
this notice we remind all MVPDs of this recurring obligation, provide details on the filing
process, and identify those MVPDs that must complete the Supplementary Investigation Sheet
portion of the form. Users can access the electronic filing system via the Internet from the
Commission's website, at:
Paper versions of the form will not be accepted unless accompanied by an appropriate request
for waiver of the electronic filing requirement. The Commission has recognized the need for
limited waivers of that requirement in light of the "burden that electronic filing could place upon
some [entities] who are seeking to serve the public interest, with limited resources, and succeed
in a highly competitive local environment." Streamlining of Mass Media Applications, Rules and
Processes, Report and Order, 13 FCC Rcd 23056, 23061 (1998). However, such waivers will
not be routinely granted. The requesting party must plead with particularity the facts and
circumstances warranting the relief sought.
As with other electronic forms, filers may fill out part or all of the form and press "save" to retain
what they have filled out, so that the filer may later return to the form and complete it by the due
date. Note that pressing "save" does not file the form with the Commission. When a filer is
ready to file a form, it must press the "validate" button. Forms can be filed only if their status is
"valid." Pressing "save" at this point cancels the valid status. In order to actually file a form, the
form must be in "valid" status and the filer must press the "file form" button and complete the
filing process. The form may be printed at any stage while it is being completed.
Instructions for use of the electronic filing system are available in the CDBS User's Guide,
which can be accessed from the electronic filing web site at http:l/www.fcc.qovlmblelecfile.html.
Special attention should be given to the details of the applicant account registration and form
See 47 C.F.R. 1.4(j).
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