April 2013 Open Commission Meeting

10:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Room TW-C305, 445 12th Street S.W., Washington, DC

The FCC held an Open Meeting in Washington, DC on Thursday, April 18, 2013, on the subjects listed below:

  • Reducing Regulatory Burdens and Facilitating Investment by Streamlining Foreign Ownership Review:
    The Commission considered a Second Report and Order to streamline the foreign ownership policies and procedures that apply to common carrier radio licensees and certain aeronautical radio licensees under section 310(b) of the Act, significantly reducing regulatory burdens while ensuring the Commission continues to receive the necessary information to protect the public interest.
  • Promoting Innovation and Competition by Facilitating Direct Access to Numbers:
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry on expanding direct access to telephone numbers to promote competition and innovation by IP-based providers, while protecting consumers and the reliability of phone calls. It also considered an Order to allow a limited trial of direct access to numbers for VoIP providers.
  • Presentation on the Status of Alerts to Prevent Bill Shock:
    Pursuant to CTIA's revision to its Code of Conduct for Wireless Service, April 17, 2013 is the deadline by which the participating CTIA member wireless carriers must provide their subscribers with four specified types of alerts to allow consumers to avoid unexpected charges for wireless usage exceeding their plan limits, and for additional charges for international roaming. The Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau provided a status report of the participating carriers' compliance with this requirement.

Meeting Documents

FCC Streamlines and Overhauls its Foreign Ownership Review

FCC Proposes Unleashing VoIP's Benefits by Easing Access to Numbers

FCC Marks Milestone in Effort to Eliminate 'Bill Shock'

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