FCC Plans to Consider Wireless Competition, Satellite, 911, HAC, Cable Items at September 26 Meeting

The FCC announced that it plans to consider nine items at the Sept. 26 meeting, including a draft annual report to Congress that would conclude for the first time in years that there is effective competition in the mobile wireless market.

Also on the agenda released are a draft report and order and further notice of proposed rulemaking updating and streamlining the FCC’s rules to facilitate licensing of non-geostationary-satellite orbit (NGSO) fixed-satellite service (FSS); a draft notice of inquiry into call-routing and location information for 911 calls from enterprise communications systems used by hotels, businesses, and other entities; a draft NPRM seeking comment on whether it should provide relief to non-nationwide wireless carriers from its hearing aid compatibility (HAC) reporting requirements; a draft NPRM aimed at modernizing the administration and assignment of toll-free numbers through auctions and other methods; a draft report and order on modernizing cable TV technical rules to reflect the industry’s use of digital transmission systems; a draft NPRM to eliminate rules requiring certain broadcast and cable entities to maintain paper copies of FCC rules; a draft third report and order that would relax or eliminate rules related to the use of directional antenna rays by AM radio stations; and a draft enforcement action. The FCC does not reveal anything about such enforcement proceedings until it adopts an order or notice of apparent liability, so as not to prejudice an entity beforehand.

The FCC also is scheduled to get a briefing from the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau on the agency’s response to the recent hurricanes. The meeting is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m.- Paul Kirby, paul.kirby@wolterskluwer.com; Lynn Stanton, lynn.stanton@wolterskluwer.com

Courtesy TRDaily