FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for February Open Meeting

On Friday, February 7, 2020 the FCC released the following tentative agenda for the February Open Meeting, scheduled for Friday, February 28, 2020 at 10:30 am EDT.

Expanding Flexible Use of the C-band – The Commission will consider a Report and Order and Proposed Order of Modification that would reform the use of the 3.7-4.2 GHz band, also known as the C-band, to promote U.S. leadership in the next generation of wireless services, including fifth-generation (5G) wireless and other advanced spectrum-based services, and close the digital divide. (GN Docket No. 18-122) FCC FACT SHEET

C-band Auction Bidding Procedures – The Commission will consider a Public Notice that would seek comment on procedures for the auction of new flexible-use overlay licenses in the 3.7–3.98 GHz band (Auction 107) for Next Generation Wireless Services. (AU Docket No. 20-25) FCC FACT SHEET

Auction of Priority Access Licenses for the 3.5 GHz Band – The Commission will consider a Public Notice that would establish application and bidding procedures for Auction 105, the auction of Priority Access Licenses in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service in the 3550-3650 MHz band. (AU Docket No. 19-244) FCC FACT SHEET

TV White Spaces – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would propose targeted changes to the white space device rules in the TV bands (channels 2-35) to provide improved broadband coverage that would benefit American consumers in rural and underserved areas. (ET Docket No. 20-36) FCC FACT SHEET

Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Bidding Procedures – The Commission will consider a Public Notice that would launch the process of establishing pre- and post-auction application procedures and competitive bidding procedures to allocate up to $16 billion to support the deployment of fixed broadband networks in rural America in Phase I of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. (AU Docket No. 20-34) FCC FACT SHEET

Electronic Delivery of Carriage Election Notices – The Commission will consider a Report and Order that would modernize the carriage election notice provisions in the FCC’s Rules for low-power TV and noncommercial educational translator stations, which are not required to maintain online public inspection files. (MB Docket Nos. 17-317, 17-105) FCC FACT SHEET

Amending Record Requirements on Cable Operator Interests in Video Programming – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would seek comment on whether to eliminate or modify the requirement in the FCC’s Rules that cable operators maintain records in their online public inspection files regarding the nature and extent of their attributable interests in video programming services. (MB Docket Nos. 20-35, 17-105) FCC FACT SHEET

Promoting Public Safety Through Information Sharing – The Commission will consider a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would provide state and federal agencies with read-only access to communications outage data for public safety purposes while also preserving the confidentiality of that data. (PS Docket No. 15-80) FCC FACT SHEET

Chairman Pai released a blog post detailing the proposed C-Band auction, bidding procedures for the 3.5 GHz Band auction, changes to white space device rules, the commencement of bidding procedures for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, the modernization of carriage election notice rules and online public inspection file information rules, and the proposal to establish an information-sharing framework for state and federal agencies during communication outages.

The meeting will be streamed at http://www.fcc.gov/live.

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