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October 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.

Public Drafts of Meeting Items – Continuing the Chairman's pilot program, the FCC is publicly releasing the draft text of each item expected to be considered at the next Open Commission Meeting. One-page cover sheets are included in the public drafts to help summarize each item. Links to these materials are provided below.

  • Exemption to Calling Number Identification Service
    The Commission considered a Report and Order that would enable law enforcement and security personnel to obtain quick access to blocked Caller ID information needed to investigate threatening calls. It also would amend the Commission's rules to allow non-public emergency services, such as private ambulance companies, to obtain blocked Caller ID information associated with calls requesting assistance. (CC Docket No. 91-281)
  • Nationwide Number Portability
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry that proposes to amend the Commission's rules as well as seeks comment on industry models to move toward complete nationwide number portability to promote competition between all service providers and increase network routing efficiencies. (WC Docket No. 17-244; WC Docket No. 13-97)
  • Promoting Investment in the 3550-3700 MHz Band
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would seek comment and propose changes to the Priority Access License rules in the 3550-3700 MHz (3.5 GHz) band to increase incentives for investment, encourage more efficient spectrum use, and promote faster and more widespread network deployments. (GN Docket No. 17-258)
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility and Volume Control
    The Commission considered a Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration on hearing aid compatibility (HAC) that would update the volume control standard for wireline telephones, extend wireline HAC requirements to cover telephones used with advanced communications services, adopt a volume control rule for wireless handsets, and delete from the Commission's rules an obsolete wireless HAC standard. (CG Docket No. 13-46, WT Docket Nos. 07-250, 10-254)
  • Part 43 Reporting Requirements for U.S. Providers of International Services
    The Commission considered a Report and Order that would: (1) eliminate the Traffic and Revenue Reports and (2) streamline the Circuit Capacity Reports. (IB Docket Nos. 17-55 and 16-131)
  • Elimination of Main Studio Rule
    The Commission considered a Report and Order eliminating the rule that requires each AM, FM, and television broadcast station to maintain a main studio located in or near its community of license. (MB Docket No. 17-106)
  • Updates to Rules Governing Ancillary/Supplementary Services and Broadcast Public Notices
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks comment on updates to Section 73.624(g) of its rules, which imposes certain reporting obligations for broadcasters relating to the provision of ancillary or supplementary services, and Section 73.3580, which requires public notice of the filing of broadcast applications, including through newspapers. (MB Docket Nos. 17-264, 17-105)

Meeting Documents

FCC Approves New Rules To Aid in Tracking Threatening Phone Calls

FCC Seeks Comment on Moving Toward Nationwide Number Portability

FCC Moves to Promote Investment in 3.5 GHz Band

FCC Improves Phone Accessibility for People with Hearing Loss

FCC Streamlines Part 43 International Reporting Requirements

FCC Eliminates Main Studio Rule

FCC Proposes to Reduce Broadcaster Reporting Requirements

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