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May 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.

  • AT&T Mobility VoLTE 911 Outage
    The Commission received the Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau's final report on its investigation into the VoLTE 911 outage AT&T Mobility experienced on March 8, 2017.
  • Satellite Earth Stations in Motion
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would both facilitate the deployment of and reduce regulatory burdens on the three types of Fixed-Satellite Service earth stations authorized to transmit while in motion: Earth Stations on Vessels, Vehicle-Mounted Earth Stations, and Earth Stations Aboard Aircraft. (IB Docket No. 17-95)
  • Part 95 Reform
    The Commission considered a Report and Order that would amend provisions of the Personal Radio Services located in Part 95 of the Commission's rules in order to address two Petitions for Rulemaking, update and modernize various rules to reflect current uses and technologies, remove outdated regulatory requirements, and reorganize the rules to make them easier to read and understand. (WT Docket No. 10-119, RM-10762, RM-10844)
  • Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative
    The Commission considered a Public Notice that would launch a review of the Commission's rules applicable to media entities and seek comment on what rules should be modified or repealed. (MB Docket No. 17-105)
  • Proposed Elimination of Main Studio Rule
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would propose to eliminate the Commission's main studio rule, based on a tentative finding that the rule is now outdated and unnecessarily burdensome for broadcast stations. (MB Docket No. 17-106)
  • Restoring Internet Freedom
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would propose to restore the Internet to a light-touch regulatory framework by classifying broadband Internet access service as an information service and by seeking comment on the existing rules governing Internet service providers' practices. (WC Docket No. 17-108)
  • Connect America Fund
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes to eliminate a rule requiring rural telecommunications service providers receiving USF support to impose higher minimum monthly rates on their customers than the rates paid by some of their urban counterparts, or otherwise lose some USF support. The Commission will also consider a related Order that would freeze the current rate. (WC Docket No. 10-90)


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


Meeting Documents

Final Report on March 8, 2017 AT&T Mobility VoLTE 911 Outage

FCC Proposes to Streamline Rules for Earth Stations in Motion

FCC Modernizes Personal Radio Services Rules

FCC Launches Review of Media Regulations

FCC Proposes to Eliminate Main Studio Rule

FCC Proposes Ending Utility-Style Regulation of the Internet

FCC Halts Rural Phone Rate Hike

Related Materials