Plain Language

We are committed to following federal plain-writing guidelines for FCC documents, using clear and concise language appropriate to the subject matter and intended audiences. Share your thoughts, suggestions and examples below.

How can we make FCC documents more reader-friendly?

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  1. Closed caption

    FCC on tv and movie DVD and sorenson vp and computer because every time I watch no closed caption:(

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    • DON'T DELETE IN-PROGRESS APPLICATIONS!!!

      We have been working with a municipality and a contractor to prepare an FCC license application. We have had delays because of bidding schedules and were waiting for specific antenna and transmitter information from the contractor so that we could complete our application. The web site warns that FCC will delete the unfinished work after 30 days (ridiculous) and so we tried to make sure we entered the site every couple of weeks to extend our 30-day period. Well, we apparently missed a day, and the FCC deleted our work. We will have to start over again with the entry…

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      • I spent 2 hours searching on line boating forums to find out I needed an SA license for a simple? marine VHF license

        Make marine VHF license Google searchable with an actual answer in the FAQ's

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        • in palin and simple language

          I am SO TIRED OF 'LEGALIZE' TALK, I have been on the phone with ATT for most of the day, along with the public utilities commission. DO THE PEOPLE THAT MANAGE THESE ACCOUNTS EVEN KNOW WHERE ALL THE FEES ARE PAID? MOST SPECIFICALY: 'THE FEDERAL UNIVERAL SERVICE CHARGE".
          The reason this all came to the 'front' was curiosity, I wanted it spelled out where each and every surcharge, tax and fee on my att bill was paid for and to whom? The company employees 'TF7PY44', 'Iris', and' Esa' XCW210402 ( who was supposedly 'upper management'. Don't have a clue, they…

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            • I think font size deters people from reading these documents.

              In making FCC documents more reader-friendly increase the font size. Eliminate some of the why's and the supportive material. The column format makes it messy and more difficult to read. No other printed material uses column except the newspaper. Most of us are reading web pages, business letters are in top to bottom "regular" format.

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              • Stop using colored text.

                Websites fail when visitors cannot read it and easily navigate it. .

                I am a senior who is losing my vision - which is different than "color-blind". Crayon colors, neon colors, faded colors, and colored backgrounds make it nearly impossible for many of us to SEE and READ the text.

                Black on white is the defacto color combination for readers; please use it. And please don't forget to use a gutter (border) on the sides of each side, too.

                Aside: When I created websites I asked handicapped visitors to rate: readability, usability and colors. What I learned is browsers do…

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                    • Better Search Engine Capability with Common Language

                      I have spent over an hour looking for the original and any updates to the Wireless Telecommunications document that defines the construction of cell towers and the Mhz parameters. When I search "wireless telecommunications regulations", I am prompted to select which agency. If I knew that I would have put it into the search criteria. Please help.

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                      • Rank topics by interest and activity, to actually promote citizen commenting

                        The current website design forces those who wish to testify on-line to search for the elusive docket number. Unless you are an industry attorney, you are probably not going to go to the effort to find this docket number. Even New York Times articles don't tell citizens the docket numbers. Even organized activist groups don't tell citizens the docket numbers. Thus, the website of the FCC deters citizen engagement.. To promote citizen input, the FCC would simply rank topics by interest level and activity. Topics such as "net neutrality," "decency standards," and "monopoly threats" are evergreen topics. An fcc.org front…

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                          • i have been on DSS in Yonkers, Mount Vernon,White Plains and did not get any services

                            I went to court and received an affirmination date Westchester Supreme Court House 111 Martine Luther dr White Plains New york 10601 docket 14156/03 @ 25953/08 the businesses was served and no respose yet. My discussion would be if I was not in fires and found about the business I would not have gotten affordable housing. I feel that the agency as caseworkers is responsible for with holding information from client. It was like an award to me.

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                            • show relevent topics information by Block diagrams & Graphically (most important)

                              Hi FCC,
                              The text color,font and explanation about every topics is excellent so far.....it is understandable for those users which are more interested to read theoretical explanation.
                              But when a new user visit your site which is not interested in theoretical explanation then he will be bored and can't read anymore......
                              I think you should explain your information about topics by block diagrams with existing text.
                              you should also use Graphically pics or something like that....
                              If you use these two things with existing text in your website then i hope it is more readable,interesting and understandable.
                              thanks..........

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                              • Clarify Jargon

                                You could allow people to see the definition of a jargon word or confusing phrase (such as "forebearance" or "incumbent lecs' " or "non-TDM-based") by hovering over it with their cursor. Additionally, you could do the same with a document title to summarize it and/or state the purpose (so we could decide if it's relative to our research before pouring over it). This would help especially with "public notice" -type documents. Thanks!

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                                • ON fcc form 318 application for construction permit LPFM radio station it would be helpfull if one could be able to see the browser curser s

                                  On Fcc form 318 Application for LPFM construction permit it would be more user reader friendly if it had an browser curser that could be read and once selected would allow one to browse then open and attach an PDF file as an exhibit.I either cannot read the place of where to select the curser or the system is not designed to be uded with windows 7.Either way I am having an very difficult time in trying to pre-file this form for the upcoming LPFM filing window.Her's an sample of the Files that I am trying to attach upon form…

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                                  • According to the GMRS rules 462 MHz - 467 MHz

                                    According to the wording on the website regarding GMRS: "The General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) is in the 462 - 467 MHz spectrum range". So then can I transmit on frequency 464.550MHz because it is in the described "range"?

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                                    • Correct Lifeline Household Worksheet!

                                      The Lifeline program has a "Lifeline Household Worksheet" which contains logical inconsistencies. Applicants are asked "Do you share living expenses with at least one of the adults listed above [living at the same address]". A "yes" response triggers "then your address includes only one household. You may not get Lifeline because someone in your household already gets Lifeline." Clearly, the fact of sharing expenses has absolutely nothing to do with whether the other person ("someone") does, or does not, "already get Lifeline". Secondly, under "certifications" the person is told to initial the certifications below, which is A and B. The…

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                                      • Please consolidate the Definition of Broadband in the US.

                                        I have seen multiple locations for the definition of broadband. Some state it is 768kbps down, some say 4mb down and I have seen as much as 6mb down bantered about on some pages. But the FCC's pages that have information on it for consumers says 200kbps down is broadband. Can we please have the pages updated so the information reflects current trends?

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                                        • Part 15 needs to be re-written with modern english terms

                                          Part 15 needs to be re-written with modern easy to undertand english terms and the use of telegraphy terms needs to be minimized or eliminated. A lot of Part 15 testing occurs outside of the US and I find that I frequently have to explain to test facilities what part 15 rules are really trying to say.

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