November 2020 Open Commission Meeting

10:30 am - 12:30 pm EST
Online Only

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 and on the FCC’s YouTube channel.

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 with the exception of items involving certain licensing- or 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.

  • Modernizing the 5.9 GHz Band
    The Commission considered a First Report and Order, Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Order of Proposed Modification that would adopt rules to repurpose 45 megahertz of spectrum in the 5.850-5.895 GHz band for unlicensed operations, retain 30 megahertz of spectrum in the 5.895-5.925 GHz band for the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) service, and require the transition of the ITS radio service standard from Dedicated Short-Range Communications technology to Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything technology. (ET Docket No. 19-138)
  • Further Streamlining of Satellite Regulations
    The Commission considered a Report and Order that would streamline its satellite licensing rules by creating an optional framework for authorizing space stations and blanket-licensed earth stations through a unified license. (IB Docket No. 18-314)
  • Facilitating Next Generation Fixed-Satellite Services in the 17 GHz Band
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would propose to add a new allocation in the 17.3-17.8 GHz band for Fixed-Satellite Service space-to-Earth downlinks and to adopt associated technical rules. (IB Docket No. 20-330)
  • Expanding the Contribution Base for Accessible Communications Services
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would propose expansion of the Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) Fund contribution base for supporting Video Relay Service (VRS) and Internet Protocol Relay Service (IP Relay) to include intrastate telecommunications revenue, as a way of strengthening the funding base for these forms of TRS and making it more equitable without increasing the size of the Fund itself. (CG Docket Nos. 03-123, 10-51, 12-38)
  • Revising Rules for Resolution of Program Carriage Complaints
    The Commission considered a Report and Order that would modify the Commission’s rules governing the resolution of program carriage disputes between video programming vendors and multichannel video programming distributors. (MB Docket Nos. 20-70, 17-105, 11-131)
  • Licensing Matter*
    The Commission considered a licensing matter.
  • Enforcement Action on California Telemarketer's Spoofed Robocalls
    The Commission considered a Forfeiture Order that would fine a California telemarketer nearly $10 million for spoofed robocalls that targeted a state assembly candidate.

*NOTE: This item was adopted prior to the Open Meeting teleconference and thus deleted from the agenda of the meeting itself.

Meeting Documents

FCC Modernizes 5.9 GHz Band to Improve Wi-Fi and Automotive Safety

FCC Further Streamlines Satellite Rules for Space and Earth Stations

FCC Proposes Allowing Satellite Downlinks in the 17 GHz Band

FCC Proposes More Equitable Funding Structure for VRS and IP Relay

FCC Improves Rules for Resolution of Program Carriage Complaints

FCC Fines Telemarketer Nearly $10 Million for Spoofed Robocalls

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