February 2020 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.

  • Expanding Flexible Use of the C-band
    The Commission considered a Report and Order and Order of Proposed Modification that would reform the use of the 3.7-4.2 GHz band, also known as the C-band, to promote U.S. leadership in the next generation of wireless services, including fifth-generation (5G) wireless and other advanced spectrum-based services, and close the digital divide. (GN Docket No. 18-122)
  • C-band Auction Bidding Procedures
    The Commission considered a Public Notice that would seek comment on procedures for the auction of new flexible-use overlay licenses in the 3.7–3.98 GHz band (Auction 107) for Next Generation Wireless Services. (AU Docket No. 20-25)
  • Auction of Priority Access Licenses for the 3.5 GHz Band
    The Commission considered a Public Notice that would establish application and bidding procedures for Auction 105, the auction of Priority Access Licenses in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service in the 3550-3650 MHz band. (AU Docket No. 19-244)
  • TV White Spaces
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would propose targeted changes to the white space device rules in the TV bands (channels 2-35) to provide improved broadband coverage that would benefit American consumers in rural and underserved areas. (ET Docket No. 20-36)
  • Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Bidding Procedures
    The Commission considered a Public Notice that would launch the process of establishing pre- and post-auction application procedures and competitive bidding procedures to allocate up to $16 billion to support the deployment of fixed broadband networks in rural America in Phase I of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. (AU Docket No. 20-34)
  • Amending Record Requirements on Cable Operator Interests in Video Programming
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would seek comment on whether to eliminate or modify the requirement in the FCC's Rules that cable operators maintain records in their online public inspection files regarding the nature and extent of their attributable interests in video programming services. (MB Docket Nos. 20-35, 17-105)
  • Promoting Public Safety Through Information Sharing
    The Commission considered a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would provide state and federal agencies with read-only access to communications outage data for public safety purposes while also preserving the confidentiality of that data. (PS Docket No. 15-80)

Please note: Prior to the meeting the Commission adopted – and thus removed from the agenda – the item "Electronic Delivery of Carriage Election Notices Report and Order".

Meeting Documents

FCC Expands Flexible Use of the C-band for 5G

FCC Proposes C-band Auction Procedures

FCC Establishes Procedures for 3.5 GHz Band Auction

FCC Proposes Updating White Spaces Rules to Expand Rural Connectivity

FCC Proposes Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction Procedures

FCC Reviewing Recordkeeping Rules on Cable Operators

FCC Proposes Promoting Public Safety Through Federal-State Info Sharing


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