On November 15, 2019, the FCC released the following agenda for the November Open Meeting, scheduled for Friday, November 22, 2019 at 10:30 am EDT.
Protecting National Security Through FCC Programs – The Commission will consider a Report and Order, Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Order that would ensure that Universal Service Fund support is not used to purchase equipment or services from companies posing a national security threat to the integrity of communications networks or the communications supply chain, propose additional actions to address national security threats to USF-funded networks, and collect information to help assess the extent to which equipment from covered companies already exists in such networks. (WC Docket No. 18-89) FCC FACT SHEET
Wireless E911 Location Accuracy Requirements – The Commission will consider a Fifth Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would adopt a vertical, or z-axis, location accuracy metric in connection with wireless E911 calls and propose additional measures to improve E911 location accuracy. (PS Docket No. 07-114) FCC FACT SHEET
Modernizing Suspension and Debarment Rules – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would seek comment on updating its suspension and debarment rules to make them consistent with Office of Management and Budget guidelines, in order to better prevent bad actors from participating in Universal Service Fund programs, Telecommunications Relay Services programs, and the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program. (GN Docket No. 19-309) FCC FACT SHEET
Modernizing Unbundling and Resale Rules – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would seek comment on updating its unbundling and resale rules to reflect the marketplace realities of intermodal voice and broadband competition and to encourage both incumbent and competitive local exchange carriers to invest in next-generation networks. (WC Docket No. 19-308) FCC FACT SHEET
All-Digital AM Broadcasting – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would seek comment on whether to authorize AM stations to transition to an all-digital signal on a voluntary basis. (MB Docket Nos. 19-311, 13-249) FCC FACT SHEET
Duplication of Programming on Commonly Owned Radio Stations – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would seek comment on whether the duplicative programming rule applicable to commonly owned radio stations in the same market should be modified or eliminated given the current broadcasting marketplace. (MB Docket Nos. 19-310, 17-105) FCC FACT SHEET
Misuse of Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service – The Commission will consider a Report and Order that would expand the TRS fund contribution base for covering the costs of providing Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) to include intrastate telecommunications revenue as a way of strengthening the funding base for this form of TRS without increasing the size of the Fund itself. (CG Docket Nos. 03-123, 13-24) FCC FACT SHEET
As we previously circulated, Chairman Pai also released a blog post detailing the motivation behind the Supply Chain and E911 items, and outlining the items and objectives for the upcoming November Open Meeting.
The meeting will be streamed at http://www.fcc.gov/live.
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