FCC Releases December Open Meeting Agenda

On December 4, 2018, the Commission released the following agenda for the December Open Meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 10:30 am. As a reminder, the sunshine period will begin at 11:59 pm on Thursday, December 6th, rather than 11:59 pm on Wednesday, December 5, due to the FCC closure.

Use of Spectrum Bands Above 24 GHz for Mobile Radio Services: The Commission will consider a Report and Order that would adopt service rule changes for the Upper 37 GHz (37.6-38.6 GHz), 39 GHz (38.6-40 GHz), and 47 GHz (47.2-48.2 GHz) bands, and would provide for an incentive auction mechanism that would offer contiguous blocks of spectrum in the Upper 37 GHz and 39 GHz bands and additional spectrum in the 47 GHz bands. (GN Docket No. 14-177) FCC FACT SHEET AND DRAFT

Connect America Fund; Incentive-Based Universal Service Support: The Commission will consider a Report and Order, Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Order on Reconsideration. The Report and Order would offer additional funding to carriers that currently receive model-based universal service support in exchange for deploying broadband at increased speeds, provide an opportunity for legacy carriers to transition to model-based support, and authorize additional support for carriers remaining on the legacy rate-of-return support mechanism in exchange for targeting higher broadband speeds. The FNPRM would seek comment on implementing an auction mechanism for support in legacy areas that are overlapped or almost entirely overlapped by an unsubsidized competitor, and on addressing budgetary impacts as carriers transition to broadband-only lines. The Order on Reconsideration would deny three petitions for reconsideration. (WT Docket No. 10-90, 14-58, 07-135, 01-92) FCC FACT SHEET AND DRAFT

Advanced Methods to Target and Eliminate Unlawful Robocalls: The Commission will consider a Second Report and Order that would create a comprehensive database to enable callers to verify whether a telephone number that has been permanently disconnected, and is therefore eligible for reassignment, before calling that number, thereby helping to protect consumers with reassigned numbers from receiving unwanted robocalls. (CG Docket No. 17-59) FCC FACT SHEET AND DRAFT

Petitions for Declaratory Ruling on Regulatory Status of Wireless Messaging Service: The Commission will consider a Declaratory Ruling that would classify two forms of wireless messaging, Short Messaging Service (SMS), and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), as information services under the Communications Act, and help prevent consumers from receiving spam robotexts. (WT Docket No. 08-7) FCC FACT SHEET AND DRAFT

2018 Quadrennial Regulatory Review: The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would initiate the 2018 Quadrennial Review of certain broadcast ownership rules. (MB Docket No. 18-349) FCC FACT SHEET AND DRAFT

Elimination of Broadcast Station Licensing Posting Requirement: The Commission will consider a Report and Order and Declaratory Ruling that would eliminate certain rules which require local posting and maintenance of broadcast licenses and related information in specific locations. (MB Docket Nos. 18-121, 17-105) FCC FACT SHEET AND DRAFT

Communications Marketplace Report: The Commission will consider a Report that would consolidate several previously separate Commission reports into a single report on the state of the broader communications marketplace in the United States. It would assess the state of all forms of competition in the communications marketplace and the state of deployment of communications capabilities, describe the actions taken by the Commission in the previous two years to address challenges and opportunities in the communications marketplace, and discuss the Commission’s agenda for continuing to address those challenges and opportunities over the next two years. (GN Docket No. 18-321; WT Docket No. 18-203; MB Docket Nos. 17-214, 18-227; IB Docket No. 18-251) FCC FACT SHEET AND DRAFT

The Chairman also released a blog post discussing the upcoming agenda. The meeting will be streamed at http://www.fcc.gov/live.

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