August 2019 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 – 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.

  • Establishing the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would propose to adopt a two-phase reverse auction framework for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, committing $20.4 billion in high-cost universal service support to bring high-speed broadband service to millions of unserved Americans. (WC Docket Nos. 19-126, 10-90)
  • Digital Opportunity Data Collection
    The Commission considered a Report and Order that would establish the Digital Opportunity Data Collection, a new data collection that will collect geospatial broadband coverage data from fixed providers, and that would make targeted changes to the existing Form 477 to reduce filing burdens. The Commission also considered a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would seek comment on enhancing the new data collection, incorporating mobile voice and broadband, and improving satellite broadband reporting. (WC Docket Nos. 19-195, 11-10)
  • Promoting Telehealth in Rural America
    The Commission considered a Report and Order that would overhaul the Rural Health Care Program by streamlining and simplifying the way health care providers apply for and calculate universal service support amounts, promoting transparency and predictability in the program, and taking new steps to guard against waste, fraud, and abuse. (WC Docket No. 17-310)
  • Streamlining Licensing Procedures for Small Satellites
    The Commission considered a Report and Order that would a new, optional streamlined application process designed for a class of satellites referred to as “small satellites.” (IB Docket No. 18-86)
  • Kari’s Law/RAY BAUM’S Act Report and Order
    The Commission considered a Report and Order that would address calls to 911 made from multi-line telephone systems, pursuant to Kari’s Law, the conveyance of dispatchable location with 911 calls, as directed by RAY BAUM’S Act, and the consolidation of the Commission’s 911 rules. (PS Docket Nos. 18-261, 17-239)
  • 833 Toll-Free Number Auction
    The Commission considered a Public Notice that would adopt the procedures for the auction of certain toll-free numbers in the 833 code. (AU Docket No. 19-101; WC Docket No. 17-192; CC Docket No. 95-155)
  • Implementation of Section 621
    The Commission considered a Third Report and Order that would address issues raised by a remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit concerning how franchising authorities may regulate incumbent cable operators. (MB Docket No. 05-311)
  • Anti-Spoofing Rules
    The Commission considered a Second Report and Order that would amend its Truth in Caller ID rules to implement the anti-spoofing provisions of the RAY BAUM’S Act. (WC Docket Nos. 18-335 and 11-39)

Please note: Prior to the meeting the Commission adopted – and thus removed from the agenda – the item "Improving Low Power FM Radio NPRM". This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposed rules to modernize the LPFM technical rules to provide more regulatory flexibility for licensees.


Meeting Documents

FCC Proposes $20.4 Billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

FCC Improves Broadband Mapping

FCC Strengthens Rural Health Care Program

FCC Streamlines Application Process for Small Satellites

FCC Improves Access to 911 and Timely Assistance from First Responders

FCC Adopts Procedures for Dec. 17 Toll Free Number Auction

FCC Enforces Franchising Laws to Promote Broadband Deployment

FCC Bans Malicious Spoofing of Text Messages & Foreign Robocalls


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