The FCC has published the tentative agenda for its May 2023 Open Meeting. The meeting is scheduled for May 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:
Amendment of Section 15.255 of the Commission’s Rules (ET Docket No. 21-264) – The Commission will consider a Report and Order that would provide new opportunities for unlicensed field disturbance sensor devices, such as radars, to operate in the 57-71 GHz band (60 GHz band) and foster innovative products and services while ensuring coexistence with other unlicensed technologies and Federal incumbents in the band.
Expanding Flexible Use of the 12.2-12.7 GHz Band; Expanding Use of the 12.7-13.25 GHz Band for Mobile Broadband or Other Expanded Use (WT Docket No. 20-443, GN Docket No. 22-352) – The Commission will consider a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would ensure that current and future satellite services are preserved and protected in the 12.2-12.7 GHz (12.2 GHz) band by declining to authorize mobile operations in the band, while further investigating the potential to expand fixed use or permit unlicensed use. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order would continue development of a pipeline of mid-band spectrum by proposing to authorize the 12.7-13.25 GHz (12.7 GHz band) for mobile broadband and other expanded uses.
Expanding Call Blocking Requirements (CG Docket No. 17-59, WC Docket No. 17-97) – The Commission will consider an Order, Further Notice, and Notice of Inquiry that would expand the FCC’s call blocking requirements to ensure even greater protections for consumers. The item would enlist service providers in the fight against unwanted robocalls by extending the 24-hour traceback requirement to cover all voice service providers in the call path, enhancing existing requirements to effectively mitigate illegal traffic upon Commission notification and expanding the FCC’s know-your-upstream-provider requirements to all voice service providers. The item would also seek comment on several other options to further enhance consumer protections, including a proposal to require terminating providers to offer analytics-based call blocking.
The Commission will also consider a restricted adjudicatory matter.