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Monumental USF/ICC Order Slated for October FCC Open Meeting

Posted on October 7, 2011

The FCC has released the tentative agenda for its October 27 open meeting.  The Commission is expected to consider a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to comprehensively reform and modernize the universal service fund (USF) and intercarrier compensation (ICC) systems.  FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski recently outlined the FCC’s vision for what he called “historic” USF and ICC reform.

The Commission is also expected to consider an item on modernizing television broadcaster requirements to make information available to the public, and the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau is scheduled to provide an update on preparations for the national test of the Emergency Alert System.  The meeting will be held at the FCC’s headquarters in Washington DC, and is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.  The meeting will be shown live on the Internet at www.fcc.gov/live.

FCC September Open Meeting to Focus on Public Safety

Posted on September 2, 2011

The Federal Communications Commission has announced a tentative agenda consisting of two items for its next open meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 2011.  The FCC is expected to release a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on a framework to develop and deploy next generation 911 technology, and the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau will present a white paper on the use of deployable aerial communications architecture to facilitate the ability of first responders to communicate in the wake of natural and manmade disasters.  The Open Meeting is scheduled to begin at 10:45 a.m. and will be shown live at www.fcc.gov/live.  The FCC has also announced that it has changed the date of its November meeting to November 30, 2011.

2.5 GHz, Satellite and Tariff Items Planned for Next Open Commission Meeting

Posted on May 20, 2011

The FCC has released the tentative agenda for its next open meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 9, 2011.  Items slated for consideration include:

  • An Electronic Tariff Filing System Report and Order to streamline electronic filing of tariffs;
  • A Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to permit Broadband Radio Service (BRS) and Educational Broadband Service (EBS) operators in the 2.5 GHz band to use wider channel bandwidths
  • A Space Path Interference Second Report and Order adopting technical rules aimed at mitigating space path interference between the 17/24 GHz Broadcasting-Satellite Service (BSS) space stations and current and future Direct Broadcasting Service (DBS) space stations; and
  • A Maritime Automatic Identification Systems Memorandum Opinion and Order considering modifications to VHF Public Coast (VPC) frequency band and a related deadline.

The final agenda will be released one week prior to the meeting.

Agenda Set for May 12 Open Commission Meeting

Posted on May 9, 2011

The next open Federal Communications Commission meeting, scheduled for Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 10:30 a.m., will feature the following items:

  • a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to extend the Part 4 outage reporting requirements to interconnected VoIP and broadband service providers;
  • an NPRM to remove outdated regulations governing the exchange of telephone traffic between U.S. and foreign carriers that are no longer necessary to protect competition from foreign carriers;
  • an Order and NPRM to eliminate reporting requirements regarding international telephone service, while streamlining and modernizing remaining international data reporting.

The meeting is open to the public and will be webcast on the FCC’s website.

FCC to Discuss New Outage Reporting Requirements at May Open Meeting

Posted on April 22, 2011

The following items have been announced for the tentative agenda for the May 12, 2011 open Commission meeting:

  • a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to extend the outage reporting requirements to interconnected VoIP and broadband service providers;
  • an NPRM to remove outdated regulations governing the exchange of telephone traffic between U.S. and foreign carriers that are no longer necessary to protect competition from foreign carriers;
  • an Order and NPRM to eliminate reporting requirements regarding international telephone service, while streamlining and modernizing remaining international data reporting.

The FCC will release the official Commission Meeting Agenda a week before the meeting.

Commission to Address Data Roaming, Boosters in April 7 Meeting

Posted on March 18, 2011

The FCC has announced the following tentative agenda items for its next open meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 7, 2011:

  • Pole Attachment Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration to reform the FCC’s access, rate and enforcement rules for utility pole attachments;
  • Accelerating Broadband Deployment Notice of Inquiry seeking comment on promoting broadband by improving policies for access to government rights of way and wireless facility siting requirements;
  • Data Roaming Second Report and Order requiring facilities-based providers of commercial mobile data services to offer data roaming arrangements to other such providers on commercially reasonable terms and conditions;
  • Signal Boosters Declaratory Ruling, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Order to promote expanded wireless coverage and broadband in rural and difficult-to-serve areas;
  • Video Relay Service (VRS) Program Report and Order adopting rules to detect and prevent fraud and abuse in the provision of VRS and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing tighter certification procedures for all VRS providers; and
  • Reliability and Continuity of Communications Networks Notice of Inquiry seeking comment on existing reliability standards for communications networks in major emergencies, such as large-scale natural and man-made disasters.

 The open Commission meeting is open to the public and will be webcast on the FCC’s website.

Lifeline/Link Up, Native Nations, Accessibility, and Retransmission on Packed Agenda for March 3 Open Meeting

Posted on February 25, 2011

The FCC has released the official agenda for its March 3 open Commission meeting, which will be broken into two sessions due to the number of agenda items.  The official agenda includes: (i) a Native Nations Spectrum Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM); (ii) Orders and a Further NPRM regarding Tribal and Rural Radio; (iii) an Omnibus Notice of Inquiry on Improving Communications Services for Native Nations; (iv) an NPRM regarding retransmission consent between broadcasters and multichannel video programming distributors; (v) a Lifeline/Link Up Reform and Modernization NPRM proposing various updates and improvements, including support for broadband adoption; (vi) an Advanced Communications Services NPRM proposing new accessibility rules to promote accessible advanced communications for people with disabilities; and (vii) a Video Description NPRM reinstating the video description rules also to promote accessibility.  The Commission will hear Items 1-3 in a morning session beginning at 10:00 am Eastern and Items 4-7 in an afternoon session beginning at 2:00 pm Eastern.  The meeting will be webcast on the FCC’s website.

March 3 Open Commission Meeting to Focus on Lifeline/Link Up Reform, Native Nation Issues

Posted on February 14, 2011

The FCC has released the tentative agenda for its next open Commission meeting scheduled for March 3, 2011.  The agenda currently includes the following: (i) a Native Nations Spectrum Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM); (ii) Orders and a Further NPRM regarding Tribal and Rural Radio; (iii) an Omnibus Notice of Inquiry on Improving Communications Services for Native Nations; (iv) an NPRM regarding retransmission consent between broadcasters and multichannel video programming distributors; (v) a Lifeline/Link Up Reform and Modernization NPRM proposing various updates and improvements, including support for broadband adoption; (vi) an Advanced Communications Services NPRM proposing new accessibility rules to promote accessible advanced communications for people with disabilities; and (vii) a Video Description NPRM reinstating the video description rules also to promote accessibility.

Agendas Released for Next Two Commission Meetings

Posted on January 19, 2011

The next two open Commission meetings are scheduled to take place within two weeks of each other.  The January 25, 2011 meeting has only one item on the agenda, which is an Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding service rules for the 700 MHz public safety broadband network.  The next meeting, scheduled for February 8, 2011, will tentatively feature several items, including (i) a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing near-term support for broadband deployment in unserved areas and measures to address intercarrier compensation (ICC) arbitrage and proposing a long-term transition from current high-cost support and ICC mechanisms to a single Connect America Fund; (ii)  a presentation on the FCC’s Data Innovation Initiative to modernize and streamline its data collection and use efforts; (iii) a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking related to the Data Innovation Initiative that would streamline and modernize the FCC’s broadband and Internet data collection on Form 477; and (iv) a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to eliminate the legacy narrowband comparably efficient interconnection (CEI) and open network architecture (ONA) reporting requirements.  Both meetings are open to the public and will be webcast on the FCC’s website.

Interoperability Order Slated for Next FCC Meeting

Posted on January 5, 2011

The FCC has released a tentative agenda for its open meeting to be held on Tuesday January 25, 2011.  The agenda contains two items.  The first item is an Interoperability Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to ensure that the public safety broadband network is interoperable nationwide.  The second item is a data innovation initiative presentation on the status of the comprehensive reform efforts to improve the agency’s fact-based, data-driven decision-making.