February 2012 Open Commission Meeting
The Federal Communications Commission held an Open Meeting on the subjects listed below on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 in Washington, D.C.
- Robocalls Report and Order: The Commission considered a Report and Order that protects consumers from unwanted autodialed or prerecorded calls (“robocalls”) by adopting rules that ensure consumers have given prior express consent before receiving robocalls, can easily opt out of further robocalls, and will experience “abandoned” telemarketing calls only in strictly limited instances.
- Streamlining Cellular Service Licensing Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order:The Commission considered, as part of its ongoing efforts to remove outdated regulations and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order proposing a staged approach to revising the licensing model for the Cellular Service from site-based to geographically-based licensing. The proposal will offer greater flexibility and reduce regulatory requirements, while enabling greater rural deployment of wireless service. The item also includes several other proposals to update the Cellular Service rules, as well as interim procedures for Cellular Service applications.
- Extending Outage Reporting Obligations to Interconnected VoIP Services Report and Order:he Commission considered a Report and Order to extend outage reporting under Part IV of the rules to interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers. Extended reporting will enable the Commission to fulfill statutory E9-1-1 obligations and help protect the growing number of Americans who rely on VOIP phone service.
FCC Strengthens Consumer Protections Against Telemarketing Robocalls
FCC Seeks to Reform and Modernize Cellular Licensing Requirements
FCC Requires Outage Reporting From Interconnected VoIP to Improve 911