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January 2018 Open Commission Meeting

10:30 am - 12:30 pm EST
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 – The FCC is publicly releasing the draft text of each item expected to be considered at this Open Commission Meeting with the exception of the Enforcement Bureau item. One-page cover sheets are included in the public drafts to help summarize each item. Links to these materials are provided below.

  • Presentation on False Emergency Alert
    The Commission received a preliminary report from the Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau on its investigation into the false emergency alert that occurred in Hawaii on January 13, 2018.
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts
    The Commission considered a Second Report and Order and Second Order on Reconsideration to enhance the effectiveness of Wireless Emergency Alerts, including improving the geographic accuracy of these alerts. (PS Docket Nos. 15-91; 15-94)
  • Connect America Fund Phase II Reconsideration Order
    The Commission considered an Order and Order on Reconsideration addressing the remaining issues raised by parties challenging the Commission's orders implementing the Connect America Phase II auction (Auction 903), in which service providers will compete to receive support of up to $1.98 billion to offer voice and broadband service in unserved high-cost areas. (WC Docket No. 10-90)
  • Connect America Fund Phase II Auction (Auction 903)
    The Commission considered a Public Notice establishing procedures for the Connect America Fund Phase II auction, which will award up to $1.98 billion over 10 years to service providers that commit to offer voice and broadband services to fixed locations in unserved high-cost areas. (AU Docket No. 17-182; WC Docket No. 10-90)
  • Establishment of the Office of Economics and Analytics
    The Commission considered an Order to establish an Office of Economics and Analytics. (MD Docket No. 18-3)
  • Paper Filing of Contracts
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to eliminate the requirement that broadcast licensees and permittees routinely submit paper copies of contracts and other documents to the FCC as specified in Section 73.3613 of the Commission's rules. (MB Docket Nos. 18-4; 17-105)
  • Enforcement Bureau Action
    The Commission considered an enforcement action.

Please note: Prior to the meeting the Commission adopted an "Obsolete Media Rules" proposal which had been included on the tentative agenda. This Order deletes rules made obsolete by the Digital TV transition. (MB Docket No. 17-105)

Meeting Documents

Presentation on Preliminary Report on Hawaii False Emergency Alert

FCC Improves Wireless Emergency Alerts

FCC Takes Final Steps for Next Phase of Rural Broadband Expansion

FCC Votes to Establish Office of Economics & Analytics

FCC Proposes to End Paper Filing Requirement for Broadcast Station Docs

FCC Proposes $18.7 Million Fine Against DataConnex

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