The Federal Communications Commission (Commission or FCC) has published the tentative agenda for its November 2021 Open Meeting. The meeting is scheduled for November 18, at 10:30 a.m. EDT and will be livestreamed at www.fcc.gov/live and available on the FCC’s YouTube channel. The agenda includes the following items:
Enabling Text-to-988 (WC Docket No. 18-336) – The Commission will consider a Second Report and Order that would require covered text providers to support text messaging to 988 by routing certain text messages sent to 988 to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline by July 16, 2022.
Enhanced Competition Incentive Program for Wireless Radio Services (WT Docket No. 19-38) – The Commission will consider a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing an Enhanced Competition Incentive Program (ECIP) and other rule changes intended to promote competition, access to spectrum by small carriers and Tribal Nations, and expanded rural wireless coverage.
Updating FM Radio Directional Antenna Verification (MB Docket No. 21-422) – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to allow applicants proposing directional FM antennas the option of verifying the directional antenna pattern through computer modeling.
Kinéis Low-Earth Orbit Satellites Market Access (IBFS File No. SAT-PDR-20191011-00113) – The Commission will consider an Order and Declaratory Ruling on Kinéis’ petition to access the U.S. market using a low-earth orbit satellite system to provide connectivity for Internet of Things devices, as well as enhancements to maritime domain awareness through monitoring of maritime communications.