The FCC has announced the items on the agenda for its February Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 16, 2023. The meeting will be livestreamed at www.fcc.gov/live and available on the FCC’s YouTube channel. The agenda includes the following items:
Helping Domestic Violence Survivors Access Safe and Affordable Connectivity (WC Docket Nos. 22-238, 11-42, 21-450) – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which would begin the Commission’s required implementation of the Safe Connections Act of 2022. The proposal seeks to help survivors of domestic violence and similar crimes separate lines from shared mobile accounts that include their abusers, protect the privacy of calls made by survivors to domestic abuse hotlines, and support survivors who face financial hardship through the Commission’s affordability programs.
Connecting Tribal Communities to Broadband (CC Docket Nos. 02-6, 96-45, 97-21) – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which would seek comments on improvements to the E-Rate program that would increase access for Tribal applicants generally as well as within the Tribal Libraries E-Rate Pilot Program.
Restricted Adjudicatory Matter – The Commission will consider a restricted adjudicatory matter.