Sep
30
2021

September 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 publicly released 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.

  • Promoting More Resilient Networks
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to examine the Wireless Network Resiliency Cooperative Framework, the FCC’s network outage reporting rules, and strategies to address the effect of power outages on communications networks. (PS Docket Nos. 21-346, 15-80; ET Docket No. 04-35)
  • Reassessing 4.9 GHz Band for Public Safety
    The Commission considered an Order on Reconsideration that would vacate the 2020 Sixth Report and Order, which adopted a state-by-state leasing framework for the 4.9 GHz (4940-4900 MHz) band. The Commission also will consider an Eighth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would seek comment on a nationwide framework for the 4.9 GHz band, ways to foster greater public safety use, and ways to facilitate compatible non-public safety access to the band. (WP Docket No. 07-100)
  • Authorizing 6 GHz Band Automated Frequency Coordination Systems*
    The Commission considered a Public Notice beginning the process for authorizing Automated Frequency Coordination Systems to govern the operation of standard-power devices in the 6 GHz band (5.925-7.125 GHz). (ET Docket No. 21-352)
  • Spectrum Requirements for the Internet of Things*
    The Commission considered a Notice of Inquiry seeking comment on current and future spectrum needs to enable better connectivity relating to the Internet of Things (IoT). (ET Docket No. 21-353)
  • Shielding 911 Call Centers from Robocalls
    The Commission considered a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to update the Commission's rules regarding the implementation of the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Do-Not-Call registry in order to protect PSAPs from unwanted robocalls. (CG Docket No. 12-129; PS Docket No. 21-343)
  • Stopping Illegal Robocalls From Entering American Phone Networks
    The Commission considered a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes to impose obligations on gateway providers to help stop illegal robocalls originating abroad from reaching U.S. consumers and businesses. (CG Docket No. 17-59; WC Docket No. 17-97)
  • Supporting Broadband for Tribal Libraries Through E-Rate
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes to update sections 54.500 and 54.501(b)(1) of the Commission’s rules to amend the definition of library and to clarify Tribal libraries are eligible for support through the E-Rate Program. (CC Docket No. 02-6)
  • Strengthening Security Review of Companies with Foreign Ownership
    The Commission considered a Second Report and Order that would adopt Standard Questions – a baseline set of national security and law enforcement questions – that certain applicants with reportable foreign ownership must provide to the Executive Branch prior to or at the same time they file their applications with the Commission, thus expediting the Executive Branch’s review for national security and law enforcement concerns. (IB Docket No. 16-155)
  • Protecting Consumers from SIM Swap and Port-Out Fraud
    The Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to address SIM-swapping and port-out fraud. (WC Docket No. 21-341)

*NOTE: These items were adopted prior to the Open Meeting teleconference and thus deleted from the agenda of the meeting itself.

Meeting Documents

FCC Acts to Improve Communications Reliability During Disasters

FCC Seeks Comment on Promoting Public Safety Use of 4.9 GHz Band

FCC Moves to Shield 911 Call Centers from Robocalls

FCC Looks to Stop Illegal Robocalls from Entering U.S. Phone Networks

FCC Supports Broadband for Tribal Libraries Through E-Rate

FCC Strengthens Security Review of Companies with Foreign Ownership

FCC Combating Scams Used to Commandeer Consumers’ Cell Phone Accounts

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