September 2014 Open Commission Meeting

The FCC held an Open Meeting in Washington, DC on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, on the subjects listed below:

  • Sports Blackout Rules:
    The Commission considered a Report and Order that would eliminate the Commission’s sports blackout rules, which can prevent consumers from watching their teams’ games on local television.
  • Comprehensive Review of Licensing and Operating Rules for Satellite Services:
    The Commission considered a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to streamline and update Part 25 of the Commission’s rules, which governs licensing and operation of space stations and earth stations for the provision of satellite communication services. These proposals will amend, clarify or eliminate numerous rule provisions and reduce regulatory burdens.
  • Expanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum Through Incentive Auctions:
    The Commission considered a Declaratory Ruling that clarifies that the Commission intends to make all reasonable efforts to preserve both the “coverage area” and “population served” of eligible broadcast television stations in the repacking process associated with the Incentive Auction.
  • Part 15 NPRM:
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revise rules for unlicensed operations in the TV bands and new 600 MHz Band, including fixed and personal/portable white space devices and unlicensed microphones. The proposed changes and new rules are intended to allow more robust and spectrally efficient unlicensed operations without increasing the risk of harmful interference to other users.
  • Wireless Microphones NPRM:
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to address the needs of wireless microphone users, while recognizing that they must share spectrum with other wireless uses in an increasingly crowded spectral environment.

Meeting Documents

FCC Eliminates Sports Blackout Rules
FCC Adopts Major Reform Proposals to Streamline Satellite Rules
FCC Issues Declaratory Ruling in Incentive Auction Repacking Process
FCC Proposes to Modify Rules for Unlicensed Use of TV & 600 MHz Bands
FCC Adopts Notice of Proposed Rulemaking On Wireless Microphones

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