When the FCC looks to adopt new rules or policies through rulemaking proceedings or through other significant cases, there are often companies, associations and individuals trying to influence the decision on these matters.  Such discussions with FCC decision makers are permitted, but the parties trying to influence the FCC’s decisions must file notices in the Docket of

When someone "lobbies" the FCC on issues pending in a rulemaking proceeding or other contested case, the Commission requires that there be a certain amount of disclosure of the communications made to Commission decision-making personnel.  The rules governing the communications with the FCC’s decision-making personnel in such cases are called the "ex parte" rules.  These