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March 2022 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 publicly released the draft text of each item expected to be considered at this Open Commission Meeting. Drafts of items under consideration that involve specific national security, enforcement, or other sensitive predecisional information will not be publicly released or will be redacted to protect non-public information until after a vote by the Commission. One-page cover sheets are included in the public drafts to help summarize each item. Links to these materials are provided below.

  • Preventing Digital Discrimination
    The Commission considered a Notice of Inquiry that would commence a proceeding to prevent and eliminate digital discrimination and ensure that all people of the United States benefit from equal access to broadband internet access service, consistent with Congress’s direction in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. (GN Docket No. 22-69)
  • Resolving Pole Replacement Disputes
    The Commission considered a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would seek comment on questions concerning the allocation of pole replacement costs between utilities and attachers and ways to expedite the resolution of pole replacement disputes. (WC Docket No. 17-84)
  • Selecting Final Round of Applicants for Connected Care Pilot Program
    The Commission considered a Public Notice announcing the fourth and final round of selections for the Commission’s Connected Care Pilot Program to provide Universal Service Fund support for health care providers making connected care services available directly to patients. (WC Docket No. 18-213)
  • Restricted Adjudicatory Matter*
    The Commission considered a Memorandum Opinion and Order and Order on Reconsideration upholding the prior July 2021 finding that Deerfield Media Inc. violated the good faith requirements and also upholds the fine.
  • Revoking Pacific Networks' and ComNet's Telecom Service Authority
    The Commission considered an Order on Revocation and Termination ending the ability of Pacific Networks Corp. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, ComNet (USA) LLC, to provide domestic interstate and international telecommunications services within the United States. (GN Docket No. 20-111)

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

Meeting Documents

FCC Seeks Input on How to Combat Digital Discrimination

FCC Seeks Input on Resolving Disputes Over Costs for Pole Replacements

FCC Announces Final Group of Connected Care Pilot Program Projects

FCC Revokes Pacific Networks’ & ComNet’s Telecom Service Authority

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