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June 2021 Open Commission Meeting

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

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.

  • Protecting Against National Security Threats to the Communications Supply Chain through the Equipment Authorization and Competitive Bidding Programs
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry seeking comments on steps it could take to secure the nation’s critical communications networks through its equipment authorization and competitive bidding programs. (ET Docket No. 21-232; EA Docket No. 21-233)
  • Allowing Earlier Equipment Marketing and Importation Opportunities
    The Commission considered a Report and Order that would adopt changes to the equipment authorization rules to allow expanded marketing and importation of radiofrequency devices prior to certification, with conditions. (ET Docket No. 20-382)
  • Improving the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts
    The Commission considered a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement section 9201 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which is intended to improve the way the public receives emergency alerts on their mobile phones, televisions, and radios. (PS Docket Nos. 15-94, 15-91)
  • Improving Robocall and Spoofing Input from Private Entities
    The Commission considered a Report and Order to implement Section 10(a) of the TRACED Act by adopting a streamlined process that will allow private entities to alert the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau about suspected unlawful robocalls and spoofed caller ID. (EB Docket No. 20-374)
  • Promoting Telehealth for Low-Income Consumers
    The Commission considered a Second Report and Order that would provide guidance on the administration of the Connected Care Pilot Program and further instructions to program participants. (WC Docket No. 18-213)
  • Exploring Spectrum Options for Devices Used to Mark Fishing Equipment*
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would satisfy the Commission’s statutory obligation in Section 8416 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 to initiate a rulemaking proceeding to explore whether to authorize devices that can be used to mark fishing equipment for use on Automatic Identification System (AIS) channels consistent with the core purpose of the AIS to prevent maritime accidents. (WT Docket No. 21-230)
  • Improving Low Power FM Radio*
    The Commission considered an Order on Reconsideration of a proceeding to modernize the LPFM technical rules. (MB Docket No. 19-193)
  • Reaffirming Drone Device Marketer Fine
    The Commission considered a Memorandum Opinion and Order that Denies a Petition for Reconsideration of a fine for the marketer of unauthorized drone transmitters.

*NOTE: The AIS Fishing Equipment NPRM and the Low Power FM Order on Reconsideration were adopted prior to the Open Meeting teleconference and thus deleted from the agenda of the meeting itself.

Meeting Documents

FCC Proposes Ban on Devices Deemed a Threat to National Security

FCC Acts To Speed Access To New Wireless Tech Devices

FCC Further Strengthens Emergency Alerting

FCC to Open Portal for Institutions to Report Robocall Campaigns

FCC Approves Connected Care Pilot Program Guidance & 36 Projects

FCC Reaffirms $2.8 Million Fine of Drone Device Marketer

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