FCC Releases November Open Meeting Agenda

On November 10, 2020, the Commission released the Agenda for the November 18, 2020 Open Meeting.  The November Open Meeting will begin at 10:30 am and will be available at www.fcc.gov/live and on the FCC’s YouTube channel.


The agenda items are:


  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. Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech Services for Individuals with Hearing and Speech Disabilities (CG Docket No. 03-123); Structure and Practices of the Video Relay Service Program (CG Docket No. 10-51); and Misuse of Internet Protocol Relay Service (CG Docket No. 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. Revision of the Commission’s Part 76 Review Procedures (MB Docket No. 20-70); Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative (MB Docket No. 17-105); and Revision of the Commission’s Program Carriage Rules (MB Docket No. 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. WTB/OGC Licensing Matter – The Commission will consider a licensing matter.  Please note that this item was added from the tentative agenda previously released.


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


Additionally, Commissioner Rosenworcel released a statement asking the Commission to abide by the request from U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. and Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Chairman Mike Doyle to pause controversial activity during the presidential transition.


Commissioner Starks released a statement that he expects Chairman Pai to abide by the same request because of the precedent that the Commission suspends its consideration of partisan or controversial items until the presidential transition is complete.


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