On October 28, 2020, the FCC announced the following Tentative Agenda for the upcoming November Open Meeting, which is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

 

  1. Modernizing the 5.9 GHz Band (ET Docket No. 19-138) – The FCC will consider a First Report and Order, Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Order of Proposed Modification that would adopt rules to repurpose 45 megahertz of spectrum in the 5.850-5.895 GHz band for unlicensed operations, retain 30 megahertz of spectrum in the 5.895-5.925 GHZ band for the Intelligent Transportations Systems (ITS) service, and require the transition of the ITS radio service standard from Dedicated Short-Range Communications technology to Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything technology.  (FACT SHEET)

 

  1. Further Streamlining of Satellite Regulations (IB Docket No. 18-314) – The FCC will consider a Report and Order that would streamline its satellite licensing rules by creating an optional framework for authorizing space stations and blanket-licensed earth stations through a  unified license.  (FACT SHEET)

 

  1. Facilitating Next Generation Fixed-Satellite Services in the 17 GHz Band (IB Docket No. 20-330) – The FCC will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would propose to add a new allocation in the 17.3-17.8 GHz band for Fixed-Satellite Service space-to-Earth downlinks and to adopt associated technical rules.  (FACT SHEET)

 

  1. Expanding the Contribution Base for Accessible Communications Services (CG Docket Nos. 03-123, 10-51, 12-38) – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would propose expansion of the Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) Fund contribution base for supporting Video Relay Service (VRS) and Internet Protocol Relay Service (IP Relay) to include intrastate telecommunications revenue, as a way of strengthening the funding base for these forms of TRS and making it more equitable without increasing the size of the Fund itself.  (FACT SHEET)

 

  1. Revising Rules for a Resolution of Program Carriage Complaints (MB Docket Nos. 20-70, 17-105, 11-131) – The Commission will consider a Report and Order that would modify the Commission’s rules governing the resolution of program carriage disputes between video programming vendors and multichannel video programming distributors.  (FACT SHEET)

 

  1. Enforcement Bureau Action – The Commission will consider an enforcement action.

 

Chairman Pai also released a blog post discussing these items.

 

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