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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
January 25, 2012
Neil Grace, 202-418-0506
FCC ANNOUNCES TENTATIVE AGENDA FOR FEBRUARY OPEN MEETING
(Washington, D.C.) – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced
that the following items will be on the tentative agenda for the next open meeting scheduled for
Wednesday, February 15, 2012:
Robocalls Report and Order:
The Commission will consider a Report and Order that protects
consumers from unwanted autodialed or prerecorded calls (“robocalls”) by adopting rules that ensure
consumers have given prior express consent before receiving robocalls, can easily opt out of further
robocalls, and will experience “abandoned” telemarketing calls only in strictly limited instances.
Streamlining Cellular Service Licensing Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order:
As part of its
ongoing efforts to remove outdated regulations and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens, the
Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order proposing a staged approach to
revising the licensing model for the Cellular Service from a site-based to a geographically-based
approach. The proposal will offer greater flexibility and reduce regulatory requirements, while enabling
greater rural deployment. The item also includes several other proposals to streamline the Cellular
Service rules, including interim restrictions and procedures for cellular service applications.
Extending Outage Reporting Obligations to Interconnected VoIP Services Report and Order:
Furthering the Commission’s commitment to public safety, the Commission will consider a Report and
Order to extend outage reporting under Part IV of the rules to interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol
(VoIP) service providers. Extended reporting will enable the Commission to fulfill statutory E9-1-1
obligations and help protect the growing number of Americans who rely on VOIP phone service.
The Open Meeting is scheduled to commence at 10:30 a.m. in Room TW-C305, at 445 12th Street, S.W.,
Washington, D.C. The event will be shown live at FCC.gov/live.