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April 2017 Open Commission Meeting

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

The FCC held this Open Meeting on the subjects listed below:

Continuing the Chairman's pilot program, the FCC publicly released the draft text of each item expected to be considered at the Open Meeting, along with one-page cover sheets that summarize each item. Links to these Circulation Documents are provided in the Related Materials section below.

  • Connect America Fund
    The Commission considered an Order on Reconsideration that would amend the construction project limitation within section 54.303 of the Commission's rules to permit carriers to report, for universal service purposes, capital expenses per location up to the established per-location per-project limit, rather than disallowing all capital expenses associated with construction projects in excess of the limit. (WC Docket Nos. 10-90 and 14-58; CC Docket No. 01-92)
  • Wireline Infrastructure Deployment
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Notice of Inquiry, and Request for Comment that would propose to remove regulatory barriers to infrastructure investment, suggest changes to speed the transition from copper networks and legacy services to next-generation networks and services dependent on fiber, and propose to reform Commission regulations that are raising costs and slowing, rather than facilitating, broadband deployment. (WC Docket No. 17-84)
  • Wireless Infrastructure Deployment
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry that commences an examination of the regulatory impediments to wireless network infrastructure investment and deployment, and how the Commission may remove or reduce such impediments consistent with the law and the public interest. (WT Docket 17-79; WT Docket 15-180)
  • Business Data Services
    The Commission considered a Report and Order that recognizes the strong competition present in the business data services market and modernizes the Commission's regulatory structure accordingly to bring ever new and exciting technologies, products, and services to businesses and consumers. (WC Docket Nos. 16-143, 15-247, 05-25; GN Docket No. 13-5; RM-10593)
  • Reinstating the UHF Discount
    The Commission considered an Order on Reconsideration to reinstate the UHF discount used to calculate compliance with the national television audience reach cap. (MB Docket No. 13-236)
  • Noncommercial Educational Station Third-Party Fundraising
    The Commission considered a Report and Order that would adopt rules permitting NCE stations not funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to alter or suspend regular programming in order to conduct fundraising for third-party non-profit organizations so long as such stations do not spend more than one percent of their total annual airtime on such activities. (MB Docket No. 12-106)
  • Promoting Diversification of Ownership in the Broadcasting Services
    The Commission considered an Order on Reconsideration that would allow noncommercial broadcasters greater flexibility to use a Special Use FRN for ownership reporting purposes and avoid the need to submit personal information to the Commission. (MB Docket No. 07-294; MD Docket No. 10-234)

The Consent Agenda scheduled for consideration at the Open Meeting, as listed in the initial Public Notice has been adopted by the Commission.


Meeting Documents

FCC Takes Further Steps to Expand Rural Broadband Deployment

FCC Seeks Comment on Removing Regulatory Barriers to Broadband

FCC Takes Steps to Promote Wireless Broadband Deployment

FCC Advances Competition, Investment in Business Data Services Mkt

FCC Reinstates Pre-August 2016 Status Quo in Broadcaster Marketplace

FCC Gives Noncommercial Stations Greater Fundraising Flexibility

FCC Eases Reporting Burden for Noncommercial Broadcaster Volunteers

Related Materials