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June 2020 Open Commission Meeting

10:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT

The FCC held this Open Meeting on the subjects listed below:

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and related agency telework and headquarters access policies, this meeting was held in a wholly electronic format and was open to the public on the Internet via live feed from the FCC’s web page at www.fcc.gov/live and on the FCC’s YouTube channel

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 including restricted proceedings and hearing designation orders. One-page cover sheets are included in the public drafts to help summarize each item. Links to these materials are provided below.

  • Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Final Auction Procedures
    The Commission considered a Public Notice that would establish procedures for the Phase I auction) of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (Auction 904), awarding up to $16 billion in support over 10 years for deployment of broadband services in unserved areas. (AU Docket No. 20-34, WC Docket Nos. 19-126, 10-90)
  • Modernizing and Expanding Access to the 70/80/90 GHz Bands
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order that would explore innovative new uses of the 71–76 GHz, 81–86 GHz, 92–94 GHz, and 94.1–95 GHz bands, including potential rule changes to allow for the provision of wireless backhaul for 5G and the deployment of broadband services to aircraft and ships. (WT Docket Nos. 20-133, 10-153, 15-244; RM-11824, RM-11825)
  • State/Local Approval of Wireless Equipment Modifications
    The Commission considered a Declaratory Ruling and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would clarify, and seek comment on changes to, the Commission’s rules implementing section 6409(a) of the Spectrum Act of 2012 in order to accelerate the deployment of communications infrastructure by facilitating the upgrade of existing sites for 5G networks. (WT Docket No. 19-250; RM-11849)
  • Promoting Broadcast Internet Innovation through ATSC 3.0
    The Commission considered a Declaratory Ruling that would remove regulatory uncertainty concerning use of Broadcast Internet services provided by broadcast TV licensees as an ancillary and supplementary service, and a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would seek comment on modifying and clarifying existing rules to promote the deployment of Broadcast Internet services as part of the transition to ATSC 3.0. (MB Docket No. 20-145)
  • Proposed Fine for Illegal Spoofed Robocalls
    The Commission considered a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture, proposing a $225 million fine against Texas-based health insurance telemarketers for apparently making approximately 1 billion illegally spoofed robocalls during the first four-and-a-half months of 2019 on behalf of clients that sell short-term, limited-duration health insurance plans.

Meeting Documents

FCC Adopts Procedures for Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction

FCC Proposes Expanding Access to 70/80/90 GHz Spectrum Bands

FCC Acts to Accelerate Deployment of 5G Wireless Infrastructure

FCC Seeks to Promote Broadcast Internet Innovation

FCC Proposes Record $225 Million Fine for 1 Billion Spoofed Robocalls

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