On Thursday, April 02, 2020, the Commission released the following tentative agenda for the April Open Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, April 23, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.

Unlicensed Use of the 6 GHz Band – The Commission will consider a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would promote innovation and the use of mid-band spectrum for broadband by allowing unlicensed operations in the 5.925-7.125 GHz band while protecting existing licensed operations. (ET Docket No. 18-295; GN Docket No. 17-183). FCC FACT SHEET

Proposing the 5G Fund for Rural America – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order that would propose to establish the 5G Fund for Rural America, awarding up to $9 billion in support over 10 years for the deployment of 5G mobile broadband services in rural areas. (GN Docket No. 20-32). FCC FACT SHEET

Mitigation of Orbital Debris in the New Space Age – The Commission will consider a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would comprehensively update the Commission’s orbital debris rules for all Commission-authorized satellites. (IB Docket No. 18-313). FCC FACT SHEET

ViaSat Market Access Request –The Commission will consider an Order and Declaratory Ruling that would grant ViaSat’s request for U.S. market access to offer broadband services using a proposed constellation of non-geostationary orbit satellites. (IBFS File Nos. SAT-PDR-20161115-00120 and SAT-APL-20180927-00076). FCC FACT SHEET

Improving Low Power FM Radio – The Commission will consider a Report and Order that would modernize the LPFM technical rules to provide more regulatory flexibility for licensees. (MB Docket Nos. 19-193, 17-105). FCC FACT SHEET

Expanding Availability of Video Description – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would propose to expand video description requirements to 40 additional local television markets over the next four years to increase the accessibility of programming to blind and visually impaired Americans. (MB Docket No. 11-43). FCC FACT SHEET

Chairman Pai also released a blog post detailing the plans for the 6 GHz band and the 5G Fund for Rural America, as well as the two satellite-delivered broadband initiatives, the updates to technical rules for LPFM stations, and the availability of video descriptions.

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

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