On October 20, 2020, the FCC announced the October 27, 2020 Open Commission Meeting Agenda. The October 27, 2020 Open Meeting will commence at 10:30 AM and will be streamed live for members of the public at www.fcc.gov/live as well as on the FCC’s YouTube channel.

 

The agenda is as follows:

 

  • Restoring Internet Freedom (WC Docket No. 17-108); Bridging the Digital Divide for Low-Income Consumers (WC Docket No. 17-287); Lifeline and Link Up Reform and Modernization (WC Docket No. 11-42): The Commission will consider an Order on Remand that would respond to the remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and conclude that the Restoring Internet Freedom Order promotes public safety, facilitates broadband infrastructure deployment, and allows the Commission to continue to provide Lifeline support for broadband Internet access service.  (FACT SHEET)

 

  • Establishing a 5G Fund for Rural America (GN docket No. 20-32): The Commission will consider a Report and Order that would establish a $9 billion 5G Fund for Rural America to ensure that all Americans have access to the next generation of wireless connectivity.  (FACT SHEET)

 

  • Increasing Unlicensed Wireless Opportunities in TV White Spaces (ET Docket No. 20-36): The Commission will consider a Report and Order that would increase opportunities for unlicensed white space devices to operate on broadcast television channels 2-35 and expand wireless broadband connectivity in rural and underserved areas.  (FACT SHEET)

 

  • Streamlining State and Local Approval of Certain Wireless Structure Modifications (WT Docket No. 19-259): The Commission will consider a Report and Order that would further accelerate the deployment of 5G by providing that modifications to existing towers involving limited ground excavation or deployment would be subject to streamlined state and local review pursuant to section 6409(a) of the Spectrum Act of 2012.  (FACT SHEET)

 

  • All-Digital AM Broadcasting (MB Docket No. 19-311); Revitalization of the AM Radio Service (MB Docket No. 13-249): The Commission will consider a Report and Order that would authorize AM stations to transition to an all-digital signal on a voluntary basis and would also adopt technical specifications for such stations.  (FACT SHEET)

 

  • Video Description: Implementation of Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (MB Docket No. 11-43): The Commission will consider a Report and Order that would expand audio description requirements to 40 additional television markets over the next four years in order to increase the amount of video programming that is accessible to blind and visually impaired Americans.  (FACT SHEET)

 

  • Modernizing Unbundling and Resale Requirements in an Era of Next-Generation Networks and Services (WC Docket No. 19-308): The Commission will consider a Report and Order that would modernize the Commission’s unbundling and resale regulations, eliminating requirements where they stifle broadband deployment and the transition to next-generation networks, but preserving them where they are still necessary to promote robust intermodal competition.  (FACT SHEET)

 

  • Enforcement: The Commission will consider an enforcement action.

 

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