The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) frequently releases Notices of Inquiries (NOIs) and Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs). An NOI is a request for information from stakeholders. The FCC might issue an NOI in order to gather data and input about a specific issue area. An NPRM is a document that outlines a proposed change in FCC policy or rules. These proposed changes can center around a wide range of broadband-related issues.


When the FCC issues an NOI or NPRM, they also open a comment period, in which they invite members of the public to respond with their input. Next Century Cities strongly encourages its members to submit comments on topics that affect their communities. Comments may be submitted by an elected official, individual community members, or the municipality as a whole. Each of these voices offer an important perspective.


Follow this step-by-step guide to submit your comment to the FCC:


1. Locate the docket number at the top of the NOI or NPRM you would like to comment on.


2. Follow this link to find the form to submit a comment (or “filing”).


3. Enter the docket number in the “Proceeding(s)” field, including any dashes.


4. Fill out the rest of the form with your information (only name and address are required), and attach your comment in a document at the bottom of the form.


5. Click “continue to review screen.”


6. Review your comment and click “submit.”


Please note that comments are made publicly available on the FCC’s website. If you would like to view submitted comments on a particular proceeding, enter the docket number in this form.


If you have any questions about this process, or if you would like guidance preparing your comments, please contact Cat Blake.