FCC Releases Agenda for Aug. 3 Open Meeting

The FCC has released the following agenda for the “Rural Broadband Month” August 3 Open Meeting, scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.:

Connect America Fund Phase II Auction (Auction 903) -The Commission will consider a Public Notice to initiate the pre-auction process for the Connect America Fund Phase II auction which will award up to $198 million annually for 10 years to service providers that commit to offer voice and broadband services to fixed locations in unserved high-cost areas.  (AU Docket No. 17-182)  FCC FACT SHEET

Connect America Fund; Universal Service Reform – Mobility Fund -The Commission will consider an Order on Reconsideration and Second Report and Order that lays out a robust challenge process that will enable the Commission to direct Mobility Fund Phase II support to primarily rural areas that lack unsubsidized 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) service. (WC Docket No. 10-90; WT Docket No. 10-208)  FCC FACT SHEET

Modernizing the FCC Form 477 Data Program – The Commission will consider a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that takes a focused look at the Commission’s Form 477 to improve the value of the data we continue to collect. (WC Docket No. 11-10)  FCC FACT SHEET

Expanding Flexible Use in Mid-Band Spectrum Between 3.7 GHz and 24 GHz -The Commission will consider a Notice of Inquiry that explores opportunities for next generation services – particularly for wireless broadband – in the 3.7 GHz to 24 GHz spectrum range and asks about how we can increase efficient and effective use of this spectrum for the benefit of all services and users.  (GN Docket No. 17-183)  FCC FACT SHEET

Wireless License Renewal and Service Continuity Reform -The Commission will consider a Second Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would adopt unified construction, renewal, and service continuity rules for the Wireless Radio Services, while seeking comment on a range of additional possible actions to increase the number of Americans with access to wireless communications services.  (WTB Docket No. 10-112)  FCC FACT SHEET

Transmitter Identification Requirements for Satellite Digital Video Uplink Transmissions -The Commission will consider a Memorandum Opinion and Order that waives the requirement that satellite news trucks, and other temporary-fixed satellite earth stations transmitting digital video, comply with the Digital Video Broadcasting-Carrier Identification (DVB-CID) standard if the earth station uses a modulator that cannot meet the DVB-CID standard through a software upgrade. (IB Docket No. 12-267)  FCC FACT SHEET

Designation Order – The Commission will consider a Hearing Designation Order.

Enforcement Bureau Action -The Commission will consider an enforcement action.

In addition to the links above, drafts of the above items will also be made available here.  Audio/Video coverage of the meeting will be broadcast live with open captioning from the FCC Live web page at http://www.fcc.gov/live.

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