On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, the Commission released the following tentative agenda for the upcoming June Open Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Final Auction Procedures – The Commission will consider a Public Notice that would establish procedures for the Phase I auction of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (“RDOF”) (Auction 904), awarding up to $16 billion in support over 10 years for the deployment of broadband services in unserved areas. (WC Docket Nos. 19-126, 10-90) FCC FACT SHEET
Modernizing and Expanding Access to the 70/80/90 GHz Bands – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order that would explore innovative new uses of the 71–76 GHz, 81–86 GHz, 92–94 GHz, and 94.1–95 GHz bands, including potential rule changes to allow for the provision of wireless backhaul for 5G and the deployment of broadband services to aircraft and ships. (WT Docket Nos. 20-133, 10-153, 15-244) FCC FACT SHEET
State/Local Approval of Wireless Equipment Modifications – The Commission will consider a Declaratory Ruling and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would clarify, and seek comment on changes to, the Commission’s rules implementing section 6409(a) of the Spectrum Act of 2012 in order to accelerate the deployment of communications infrastructure by facilitating the upgrade of existing sites for 5G networks. (WT Docket No. 19-250) FCC FACT SHEET
Promoting Broadcast Internet Innovation through ATSC 3.0 – The Commission will consider a Declaratory Ruling that would remove regulatory uncertainty concerning the use of Broadcast Internet services provided by broadcast TV licensees as an ancillary and supplementary service, and a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would seek comment on modifying and clarifying existing rules to promote the deployment of Broadcast Internet services as part of the transition to ATSC 3.0. (MB Docket No. 20-145) FCC FACT SHEET
The Commission will also consider enforcement action.
Chairman Pai released a blog post outlining the upcoming agenda items and their impact on closing the digital divide and promoting 5G technologies. Commissioner Carr also released a statement on the inclusion of the 5G Upgrade Order in the upcoming open meeting.
The meeting will be available for streaming at www.fcc.gov/live.
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