There may be multiple numbers associated with FCC documents; using the ECFS search interface is much easier if you know which number you have. Any number can be searched in FCC databases using the full-text search box, or the specific field for each number can be used if available in the search interface.
The Docket Number, also known as the Proceeding Number, can be used in multiple fields, with some exceptions:
When the FCC or DA number by itself is searched in its respective field the results list will include items not related to the docket searched. For example, if a search is done for "16-39" in the FCC/DA field, the database will pull up documents from 16-391, 16-397, etc.
To ensure that the results are only for the specific document, this formatting of the FCC/DA number should be used: FCC or DA followed by a dash, then the two digit year, followed by a dash and the last numerical digits. Example: FCC-16-39 or DA-16-397.
As discussed in the section on full-text searching, a keyword search can be combined with a field search. This not only allows for a more targeted search, it also allows for a full-text keyword search across multiple dockets or proceedings. The video below demonstrates this type of search.
For this demonstration assume that you need to find anything about rural internet service in two FCC rules: 16-106 and 14-28.
Note two things in this example: 1) the large number of results and 2) the use of jargon (broadband) in the keyword search.
Use the filters on the left side of the page to further narrow the results. Also remember to change the sort order to relevance.
**There are additional advanced search techniques using document numbers that can be performed in the Full Text field. See page 31 of the ECFS Filing System User Guide for instructions.