Chairman Wheeler Announces Big August Open Meeting Agenda


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has released the tentative agenda for its August open meeting, scheduled for August 6, 2015. It contains the following items:

Emerging Wireline Networks and Services – The Commission will consider a Report and Order, Order on Reconsideration, and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that are intended to advance longstanding competition and consumer protection policies on a technologically-neutral basis, and further the technology transitions underway in our Nation’s fixed communications networks that offer the prospect of innovative and improved services to consumers and businesses alike.

Ensuring Continuity of 911 Communications – The Commission will consider a Report and Order that would protect consumers through the transition from legacy copper networks to modern networks by adopting rules to ensure that consumers have options, and sufficient information about those options, to maintain 911 communications at home during power outages.

Mobile Spectrum Holdings – The Commission will consider an Order on Reconsideration addressing petitions for reconsideration of certain aspects of the Mobile Spectrum Holdings
Report and Order.

Incentive Auction Procedures – The Commission will take the next step to commencing the incentive auction in the first quarter of 2016 by considering the Procedures Public Notice, which is intended to adopt auction procedures that will ensure an effective, efficient, and timely auction. The Public Notice will establish and provide information on final procedures for setting the initial spectrum clearing target, qualifying to bid, and bidding in the reverse and forward auctions.

Unlicensed Operations in TV Bands and 600 MHz Band – The Commission will consider a Report and Order that adopts technical and operational rules for unlicensed services, including wireless microphone operations, in the broadcast television bands and in the post-incentive auction 600 MHz band. The rules are intended to maximize unlicensed access to spectrum while ensuring that licensed services are protected from harmful interference.

Wireless Microphones – The Commission will consider a Report and Order that adopts a plan to accommodate the long-term needs of wireless microphone users by providing new opportunities for their use in the broadcast television bands and in several other frequency bands.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 10:30 am, and will be shown online at

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