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October 2018 Open Commission Meeting

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

The FCC held an 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 items involving specific, enforcement-related matters. One-page cover sheets are included in the public drafts to help summarize each item. Links to these materials are provided below.

  • Unlicensed Use of the 6 GHz Band
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that promotes the use of mid-band spectrum for broadband by proposing to allow new unlicensed uses of the 5.925-7.125 GHz band while protecting existing and future licensed operations. (ET Docket No. 18-295)
  • Promoting Investment in the 3550-3700 MHz Band
    The Commission considered a Report and Order that would make limited changes to the Citizens Broadband Radio Service in 3.5 GHz band to increase incentives for innovation and investment, including for mobile 5G services. (GN Docket No. 17-258)
  • Cable Rate Regulation
    The Commission considered a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Report and Order to modernize its cable television rate regulations and update or eliminate outdated rules. (MB Docket Nos. 02-144, 17-105; MM Docket Nos. 92-266, 93-215; CS Docket Nos. 94-28, 96-157)
  • Paper Filing of Contracts
    The Commission considered a Report and Order eliminating the requirement that broadcast stations routinely file paper copies of contracts and other documents with the FCC. (MB Docket Nos. 18-4, 17-105)
  • Business Data Services for Rate-of-Return Carriers Receiving Fixed Universal Service Support
    The Commission considered a Report and Order that will allow rate-of-return carriers that receive fixed universal service support to elect incentive regulation for their business data services; a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on eliminating ex ante pricing regulation for lower capacity TDM services offered by rate-of-return carriers receiving fixed support; and a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to eliminate ex ante pricing regulation for TDM transport services offered by price cap carriers. (WC Docket Nos. 17-144, 16-143, 05-25)
  • Proposed Fine for Lifeline Violations
    The Commission considered a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture proposing a $63,465,500 fine against American Broadband and Telecommunications Company, a wireless reseller based in Ohio, for apparent repeated, systematic, and large-scale violations of FCC rules governing the Lifeline program, which helps make communications services more affordable for low-income Americans.

Meeting Documents

FCC Proposes More Spectrum for Unlicensed Use

FCC Acts to Increase Investment and Deployment in 3.5 GHz Band

FCC Seeks to Modernize Its Cable Rate Regulations

FCC Eliminates Paper Filing for Broadcast Station Contracts

FCC Spurs Competition in Rural Business Data Services

FCC Proposes $63 Million Fine for Lifeline Violations

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