FCC Announces Tentative February Open Meeting Agenda

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The FCC has announced the tentative agenda for its next Open Meeting, scheduled for 10:30 am on Thursday, February 22, 2018. Continuing Chairman Pai’s pilot program, the Commission is publicly releasing the draft text of all items expected to be considered at the January Open Meeting, along with one-page cover sheets summarizing each item. The tentative Open Meeting agenda contains the following items:

Spectrum Horizons
The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks comment on proposed rules that would apply to spectrum above 95 GHz for licensed services, unlicensed operations, and a new class of experimental licenses.

Encouraging the Provision of New Technologies and Services
The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to provide guidelines and procedures to implement Section 7 of the Communications Act, as amended, to improve Commission processes to promote the provision of new technologies and services to the public.

Mobility Fund Phase II Second Order on Reconsideration
The Commission will consider an Order addressing the remaining issues raised by parties in petitions for reconsideration of the Mobility Fund Phase II Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

Broadcast EEO Mid-Term Reports
The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes to eliminate the requirement in Section 73.2080(f)(2) of the Commission’s rules that certain broadcast television and radio stations file the Broadcast Mid-Term Report (Form 397).

Maintenance of Copies of FCC Rules
The Commission will consider a Report and Order that would eliminate specific Part 74, 76, and 78 rules that require certain broadcast and cable entities to maintain paper copies of Commission rules, while retaining provisions that require the subject entities to be familiar with the rules governing their operations.

Part 64 Provision of Payphone Service
The Commission will consider a Report and Order to (1) eliminate all payphone call tracking system audit and associated reporting requirements, (2) permit a company official, including but not limited to the chief financial officer, to certify that a completing carrier’s quarterly compensation payments are accurate and complete, and (3) eliminate expired payphone compensation rules.

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