May 17, 2023
Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. Hope everyone had the opportunity to spend the day celebrating those in our life who shape who we are year round. Mother’s Day isn’t the only date to mark on the calendar in May. That is because we are not only hosting our May Open Meeting this Thursday, we are rolling out our agenda for June. Here’s what to expect next month.
- We’re accelerating improvements to 911. Many states and localities are investing aggressively to roll out Next Generation 911, which will support voice, text, data, and video and make the 911 system more resilient. Completing the NG911 transition will also require operating service providers to do their part to make sure emergency calls are formatted to be compatible with the new IP-based system. To speed this transition, the Commission will vote on a proposal to ensure that service providers connect to new NG911 networks on a timely and compatible basis.
- We’re empowering consumers to block robocalls and robotexts. One of the most frustrating things about unwanted robocalls and robotexts is the feeling that there’s little you can do to stop them. We’re working to fix that. The Commission will consider a proposal to strengthen the ability of consumers to decide which robocalls and robocalls they wish to receive. Specifically, it would make sure guidance on consumers’ rights to control consent to be contacted is more apparent and easily accessible. It would also propose to close loopholes that allow certain callers to make robocalls and robotexts without consent and without the ability for the consumer to opt out.
- We’re exploring creative ways to put spectrum to its highest value use. With ever-increasing demand for wireless services and a finite supply of airwaves, it’s more than important than ever that we make sure spectrum is being used as efficiently as possible. The Commission will consider a proposal to test several innovative, non-exclusive spectrum access models in 500 megahertz of greenfield spectrum in the 42 GHz band, which is ideal for experimentation due to the lack of incumbent licensees. In addition to developing a record on how best to support efficient, intensive use of these airwaves, this proposal specifically seeks solutions on ways to increase access to spectrum for smaller and emerging wireless operators.
- We will also consider an adjudicatory item from our Media Bureau.