IB Docket No. 16-155
August 19, 2016
On behalf of the Executive Branch, the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”), respectfully submits the following comments responding to the above-captioned Notice of Proposed Rulemaking entitled, Process Reform for Executive Branch Review of Certain FCC Applications and Petitions Involving Foreign Ownership. The NPRM, in turn, was issued after NTIA submitted a letter to the Commission on May 10, 2016, which proposed certain process reforms to improve the ability of the Executive Branch to review applications that raise national security or law enforcement issues expeditiously and efficiently.