On July 11, 2019, the FCC released the following tentative agenda for the August Open Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 10:30 am.
Establishing the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would propose to adopt a two-phase reverse auction framework for the Rural Digital Opportunity fund, committing $20.4 billion in high-cost universal service support to bring high-speed broadband service to millions of unserved Americans. (WC Docket Nos. 19-126, 10-90) FCC FACT SHEET
Digital Opportunity Data Collection – The Commission will consider a Report and Order that would establish the Digital Opportunity Data Collection, a new data collection that will collect geospatial broadband coverage data from fixed providers, and that would make targeted changes to the existing Form 477 to reduce filing burdens. The Commission will also consider a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would seek comment on enhancing the new data collection, incorporating mobile voice and broadband, and improving satellite broadband reporting. (WC Docket Nos 19-195, 11-10) FCC FACT SHEET
Promoting Telehealth in Rural America – The Commission will consider a Report and Order that would overhaul the Rural Health Care Program by streamlining and simplifying the way health care providers apply for and calculate universal service support amounts, promoting transparency and predictability in the program, and taking new steps to guard against waste, fraud, and abuse. (WC Docket No. 17-310) FCC FACT SHEET
Streamlining Licensing Procedures for Small Satellites – The Commission will consider a Report and Order that would adopt a new, optional streamlined application process designed for a class of satellites referred to as “small satellites.” (IB Docket No. 18-86) FCC FACT SHEET
Kari’s Law/RAY BAUM’S Act Report and Order – The Commission will consider a Report and Order that would address calls to 911 made from multi-line telephone systems, pursuant to Kari’s Law, the conveyance of dispatchable location with 911 calls, as directed by RAY BAUM’S Act, and the consolidation of the Commission’s 911 rules. (PS Docket Nos. 18-261, 17-239) FCC FACT SHEET
833 Toll-Free Number Auction – The Commission will consider a Public Notice that would adopt the procedures for the auction of certain toll-free numbers in the 833 code. (AU Docket No. 19-101; WC Docket No. 17-192; CC Docket No. 95-155) FCC FACT SHEET
Improving Low Power FM Radio Service – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would modernize the LPFM technical rules to provide more regulatory flexibility for licensees. (MB Docket No. 19-193, 17-105) FCC FACT SHEET
Implementation of Section 621 – The Commission will consider a Third Report and Order that would address issues raised by a remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit concerning how franchising authorities may regulate incumbent cable operators. (MB Docket No. 05-311) FCC FACT SHEET
Anti-Spoofing Rules – The Commission will consider a Second Report and Order that would amend its Truth in Caller ID rules to implement the anti-spoofing provisions of the RAY BAUM’S Act. (WC Docket Nos. 18-335, 11-39) FCC FACT SHEET
Chairman Pai also released a blog post detailing the creation of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund and outlining the objectives for the upcoming August Open Meeting.
The meeting will be streamed at http://www.fcc.gov/live.
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