The Commission announced the Agenda for the September Open Meeting on Thursday, September 29, 2016.  The Commission will consider the following:

  • Improving Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) – the Commission will consider a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would leverage advancements in technology to improve wireless emergency alert content, delivery and testing, while seeking comment on further measures to ensure effective alerts.
  • Review of Foreign Ownership Policies for Broadcast, Common Carrier and Aeronautical Radio Licenses – the Commission will consider a Report and Order that extends to broadcast licensees the same streamlined rules and procedures that common carrier wireless licensees use to seek approval for foreign ownership, with appropriate broadcast-specific modifications.  The item establishes a framework for a public traded common carrier or broadcast licensee or controlling U.S. parent to ascertain its foreign ownership levels.
  • Promoting the Availability of Diver and Independent Sources of Video Programming – the Commission will consider a NPRM that proposes steps the Commission can take to promote the distribution of independent and diverse programming to consumers.
  • Expanding Consumers’ Video Navigation Choices – the Commission will consider a Report and Order that modernizes the Commission’s rules to allow consumers to use a device of their choosing to access multichannel video programming instead of leasing devices from their cable or satellite providers.

The Commission will also consider Enforcement, General Counsel, Media, and Personnel actions as a consent agenda that will not be presented individually.

The September 29th meeting  is scheduled to begin at 10:30 am and can be streamed live here:

Please contact us with any questions.