December 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. One-page cover sheets are included in the public drafts to help summarize each item. Links to these materials are provided below.

  • Spectrum Frontiers Fourth Report and Order
    The Commission considered a Report and Order that would adopt service rule changes for the Upper 37 GHz (37.6-38.6 GHz), 39 GHz (38.6-40 GHz), and 47 GHz (47.2-48.2 GHz) bands, and would provide for an incentive auction mechanism that would offer contiguous blocks of spectrum in the Upper 37 GHz and 39 GHz bands and additional spectrum in the 47 GHz band. (GN Docket No. 14-177)
  • Incentive-Based Universal Service Support
    The Commission considered a Report and Order, Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Order on Reconsideration. The Report and Order would offer additional funding to carriers that currently receive model-based universal service support in exchange for deploying broadband at increased speeds, provide an opportunity for legacy carriers to transition to model-based support, and authorize additional support for carriers remaining on the legacy rate-of-return support mechanism in exchange for targeting higher broadband speeds. The FNPRM would seek comment on implementing an auction mechanism for support in legacy areas that are overlapped or almost entirely overlapped by an unsubsidized competitor, and on addressing budgetary impacts as carriers transition to broadband-only lines. The Order on Reconsideration would deny three petitions for reconsideration. (WC Docket Nos. 10-90, 14-58, 07-135, 01-92)
  • Reassigned Numbers Database
    The Commission considered a Second Report and Order that would create a comprehensive database to enable callers to verify whether a telephone number has been permanently disconnected, and is therefore eligible for reassignment, before calling that number, thereby helping to protect consumers with reassigned numbers from receiving unwanted robocalls. (CG Docket No. 17-59)
  • Text Messaging Classification
    The Commission considered a Declaratory Ruling that would classify two forms of wireless messaging, Short Message Service (SMS) and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), as information services under the Communications Act, and help prevent consumers from receiving spam robotexts. (WT Docket No. 08-7)
  • 2018 Quadrennial Regulatory Review
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would initiate the 2018 Quadrennial Review of certain broadcast ownership rules. (MB Docket No. 18-349)
  • Communications Marketplace Report
    The Commission considered a Report that would consolidate several previously separate Commission reports into a single report on the state of the broader communications market in the United States. It would assess the state of all forms of competition in the communications marketplace and the state of deployment of communications capabilities, describe the actions taken by the Commission in the previous two years to address challenges and opportunities in the communications marketplace, and discuss the Commission's agenda for continuing to address those challenges and opportunities over the next two years. (GN Docket No 18-231; WT Docket No. 18-203; MB Docket Nos. 17-214, 18-227; IB Docket No. 18-251)

Please note: Prior to the meeting the Commission adopted – and thus removed from the agenda – the item "Elimination of Broadcast Station License Posting Requirement". This Report and Order eliminates certain rules which require local posting and maintenance of broadcast licenses and related information in specific locations.

Meeting Documents

FCC Adopts Rules for Major 2019 5G Incentive Auction

FCC Increases Universal Service Support for Faster Rural Broadband

FCC Creates Reassigned Numbers Database to Combat Unwanted Robocalls

FCC Acts to Protect American Consumers from Spam Robotext Messages

FCC Commences 2018 Quadrennial Review of Media Ownership Rules

FCC Adopts the First Consolidated Communications Marketplace Report

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