The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has released the tentative agenda for its March 2020 Open Meeting, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. EDT. Open Meetings are streamed live at www.fcc.gov/live and can be followed on social media with #OpenMtgFCC. The tentative agenda includes the following items:
Mandating STIR/SHAKEN to Combat Spoofed Robocalls – The Commission will consider a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would (1) adopt rules requiring originating and terminating voice service providers to implement the STIR/SHAKEN caller ID authentication framework in the Internet Protocol portions of their networks; and (2) propose additional measures to combat illegal spoofing, including measures to implement portions of the TRACED Act. (WC Dockets Nos. 17-97, 20-67).
Amending Distributed Transmission System Rules to Facilitate Next Generation – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would seek comment on whether to modify the Commission’s rules governing the use of distributed transmission systems by broadcast television stations. (MB Docket No. 20-74; GN Docket No. 16-142).
Defining Significantly Viewed Local TV Stations – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would seek comment on whether to update the methodology for determining whether a television broadcast station is “significantly viewed” in a community outside of its local market. (MB Docket Nos. 20-73, 17-105).
Revising Program Carriage Rules and Part 76 Review Procedures – The Commission will consider a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would seek comment on whether to modify the Commission’s rules governing the resolution of program carriage disputes between video programming vendors and multichannel video programming distributors. (MB Docket Nos. 20-70, 11-131, 17-105).
Detariffing Telephone Access Charges and Simplifying Consumer Bills – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would propose to (1) eliminate ex ante pricing regulation and require detariffing of various end-user charges associated with interstate access service, and (2) prohibit carriers from separately listing these charges on customers’ telephone bills. (WC Docket No. 20-71).