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September 2023 Open Commission Meeting

10:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Commission Meeting Room, FCC Headquarters, 45 L Street NE, Washington, DC 20554


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 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.

  • Satellite Application Processing
    The Commission considered a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on facilitating and expediting application processing for satellite and earth station operators in order to advance opportunities for innovation in the new space age. (IB Docket Nos. 22-411, 22-271)
  • Updating the 5G Fund for Rural America
    The Commission considered a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the implementation of the 5G Fund for Rural America in light of new, precise, and verified mobile coverage data gathered through the Broadband Data Collection. (GN Docket No. 20-32)
  • Direct Access to Phone Numbers
    The Commission considered a Report and Order to strengthen the Commission’s direct access rules in order to stem the tide of illegal robocalls, protect the nation’s numbering resources from abuse by foreign bad actors, and advance other important public policy objectives tied to the use of numbering resources. The accompanying Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would seek comment on the duties of existing direct access authorization holders. (WC Docket Nos. 13-97, 07-243, 20-67; IB Docket No. 16-155)
  • Updating Obsolete TV Broadcasting Rules*
    The Commission considered a Report and Order which amended Part 73 of the Commission’s Rules to update Television and Class A Television Broadcast Station Rules as well as certain rules applicable to all broadcast stations. This would ensure the FCC’s rules better reflect the current broadcast TV operating environment including changes related to major developments like the transition from analog to digital-only operations and the post-incentive auction transition to a smaller television band with fewer channels. (MB Docket No. 22-227)
  • Space Launch Operations
    The Commission considered a Second Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would adopt spectrum allocations and a licensing framework for commercial space launches, ensuring reliable and predictable communications services for the private companies that have an increasingly vital role in U.S. space activities. (ET Docket No. 13-115 and RM-11341)
  • Proposed Fine for Filing Violations*
    The Commission adopted a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture against Stage 2 Networks, LLC for apparently failing to file Quarterly and Annual Worksheets, update information with the Commission, and respond to Enforcement Bureau inquiries.
  • Robocall Fine
    The Commission adopted a Forfeiture Order fining a group of parties responsible for nearly 10 million robocalls made for the purposes of generating toll free dialing fees.

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

Meeting Documents

FCC Streamlines Satellite Application Processing

FCC Seeks to Target USF Support for Rural Wireless Broadband Services

FCC Updates Rules To Curb Robocallers’ Access To Phone Numbers

FCC Ensures Commercial Space Launches Have Reliable Spectrum Resources

FCC Fines ScammerBlaster $116 Million for Illegal Robocalls

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