Federal Communications Commission
Formal and informal complaint processes;
Notices, Opinions, or Orders that assign liability, assess damages, issue fines,
revoke licenses, require forfeitures, seek consent, deny requests and pleadings, or
any other action on the part of a non-Commission party;
Cease and desist orders;
Pleadings, petitions, filings, requests, motions;
Items on the Accelerated Docket;
Cases before or decisions of Administrative law judges;
Decisions and orders related to licensing;
Applications for approval under section 271 of the Communications Act (as
Tariff investigations under sections 204 and 205 of the Communications Act (as
Affected persons are people who may benefit from or be harmed by the dissemination or
use of a specific information dissemination product.
Complaint refers to a written communication to the Commission that includes enough
information so that the Commission can readily determine the specific information dissemination product
the complaining party believes needs correcting, how the complaining party is affected by the information
dissemination product sought to be corrected, the sections of these guidelines or the OMB Guidelines the
complaining party believes have not been followed, what resolution the complaining party would like,
and how to get in contact with the comment writer.
Data are the basic or underlying elements of information. All information dissemination
products covered by these guidelines are based upon data.
Additionally, covered information
dissemination products may contain analysis of the data and conclusions drawn from this analysis.
Dissemination means Commission-initiated or sponsored distribution of information
intended for the public. Dissemination does not include: distribution limited to government employees or
agency contractors or grantees; intra- or inter-agency use or sharing of government information;
responses to requests for agency records under the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, the
Federal Advisory Committee Act, or other similar laws; correspondence with individuals or persons;
archival records; press releases, in which the factual information has been previously released, and other
non-scientific/non-statistical general, procedural, or organizational information; and public filings,
subpoenas, or adjudicative processes.
Influential, when used in the phrase “influential scientific, financial, or statistical
information,” means that the Commission can reasonably determine that dissemination of the information
will have or does have a clear and substantial impact on important public policies or important private
Information means any communication or representation of knowledge such as facts or
data, in any medium or form, including textual, numerical, graphic, cartographic, narrative, or audiovisual
forms. This definition includes information disseminated from an Internet page, but does not include the
provision of hyperlinks to information that others disseminate. This definition does not include opinions
where the presentation makes it clear that what is being offered is someone's opinion rather than an