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Communications Law Research Guide

This guide suggests resources in media law, First Amendment, cable and broadcasting law, computer and internet law, and telecommunications.

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Administrative Materials

A. Federal Regulations and Proposed Federal Regulations

  • Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Reading Room and 5th Floor. Regulations are arranged in subject order; FCC regulations are in Title 47. Only final regulations are included in the CFR.

  • Federal Register.
  • EDOCS at the FCC web site: "EDOCS lets you search a database of Daily Digest entries for FCC documents posted to the FCC web site since March 1996. The query searches on words and numbers that appeared in the Daily Digest title and in the description for each document, not on the full text of each document. EDOCS has two search modules: quick and advanced ."

  • FCC Record: A Comprehensive Compilation of Decisions, Reports, Public Notices and Other Documents of the Federal Communications Commission of the United StatesKF2765.1 .A55. Official source of FCC rulemaking documents.

  • Pike & Fischer Communications Regulation Online includes both final and proposed regulations.

For more information on finding federal regulations, try our Administrative Law Research Tutorial.

B. Federal Communications Commission Decisions

  • EDOCS at the FCC web site: "EDOCS lets you search a database of Daily Digest entries for FCC documents posted to the FCC web site since March 1996. The query searches on words and numbers that appeared in the Daily Digest title and in the description for each document, not on the full text of each document. EDOCS has two search modules: quick and advanced ."

  • FCC Record: A Comprehensive Compilation of Decisions, Reports, Public Notices and Other Documents of the Federal Communications Commission of the United StatesKF2765.1 .A55. Official source of FCC decisions.

  • Pike & Fischer Communications Regulation Online (community only).

  • Lexis: Federal Communications Commission Decisions (from March 13, 1939; FCC Daily Digest from August 3, 1989).

  • Westlaw: FCOM-FCC (from 1965); FCC Daily Digest in FCOM-DIGEST (from January 1994).

  • TheDCOffice.comTheDCoffice.com is a regulatory information service focused on federal telecommunications law. To sign up for FCC docket alerts through the service, contact Carla Wale.

FCC Document Numbering System. In the course of your research, you will encounter different types of document numbers. Here are some explanations:

  • FCC number (e.g. FCC-99-123): assigned to decisions/documents issued by the authority of the entire Commission, with each Commissioner voting. A FCC number is comprised of two digits indicating the year, and a number of up to 3 digits indicating the sequence.

  • DA number (e.g. DA-99-123): assigned to decisions/documents issued by authority delegated to the Bureaus and Offices by the Commission. A DA number is comprised of two digits indicating the year, and a number of up to 3 digits indicating the sequence.

  • Docket number (e.g. 83-593, WT 99-123): FCC actions that are related to a specific policy initiative called "a docketed proceeding" are assigned the same docket number assigned to the first proceeding. A docket number is comprised of two digits indicating the year, and a number of up to 3 digits indicating the sequence. Sometimes the initials of the initiating bureau are put at the beginning of a docket number. The initials are: CGfor Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, EB for Enforcement Bureau, IB for International Bureau, MBfor Media Bureau, WT for Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, WC for Wireline Competition Bureau.

  • Rulemaking number (e.g. RM-5667)

  • Report number (e.g. Report No. 982): Assigned to public notices which are issued on a regular schedule are assigned a sequential report number.

  • Federal Register citation (e.g. 65 FR 2341): The FCC publishes summaries of decisions and other notices in the Federal Register. The first number is the volume, FR stands for Federal Register, and the last number is the page on which the decision or notice begins.

  • FCC Record citation (e.g. 19 FCCR 231): FCC Record is the official publication of FCC decisions and other documents. It continues FCC Reports, 2nd Series (FCC 2nd). The first number is the volume number, the last number the page on which the decision or notice begins.

  • If you have the FR or FCCR citation, you can easily retrieve the documents in Federal Register (online onLexisWestlawGPO Access); FCC Record (print, online on Lexis and Westlaw); FCC Web site; Pike & Fischer Communications Regulation Online.

  • If you have the Docket Number, Rulemaking number, FCC number, or DA number, you can easily retrieve the documents in: FCC Web site,Pike & Fischer Communications Regulation OnlineFCC Record(print - use the index; online on Lexis and Westlaw);Federal Register (online on Lexis,WestlawFDSys).

C. State Administrative Regulations

D. State Public Utilities Commission Decisions

E. Administrative Agencies