May
18
2017

May 2017 Open Commission Meeting

10:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Room TW-C305, 445 12th Street S.W., Washington, DC

Chairman Pai announced that the following items are tentatively on the agenda for the May Open Commission Meeting.

Continuing the Chairman's pilot program, the FCC publicly released the draft text of each item expected to be considered at the Open Meeting, along with one-page cover sheets that summarize each item. Links to these materials are provided within the text below.

  • Satellite Earth Stations in Motion
    The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would both facilitate the deployment of and reduce regulatory burdens on the three types of Fixed-Satellite Service earth stations authorized to transmit while in motion: Earth Stations on Vessels, Vehicle-Mounted Earth Stations, and Earth Stations Aboard Aircraft. (IB Docket No. 17-95)
  • Part 95 Reform
    The Commission will consider a Report and Order that would amend provisions of the Personal Radio Services located in Part 95 of the Commission's rules in order to address two Petitions for Rulemaking, update and modernize various rules to reflect current uses and technologies, remove outdated regulatory requirements, and reorganize the rules to make them easier to read and understand. (WT Docket No. 10-119, RM-10762, RM-10844)
  • Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative
    The Commission will consider a Public Notice that would launch a review of the Commission's rules applicable to media entities and seek comment on what rules should be modified or repealed. (MB Docket No. 17-105)
  • Proposed Elimination of Main Studio Rule
    The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would propose to eliminate the Commission's main studio rule, based on a tentative finding that the rule is now outdated and unnecessarily burdensome for broadcast stations. (MB Docket No. 17-106)
  • Restoring Internet Freedom
    The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would propose to restore the Internet to a light-touch regulatory framework by classifying broadband Internet access service as an information service and by seeking comment on the existing rules governing Internet service providers' practices. (WC Docket No. 17-108)
  • Connect America Fund
    The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes to eliminate a rule requiring rural telecommunications service providers receiving USF support to impose higher minimum monthly rates on their customers than the rates paid by some of their urban counterparts, or otherwise lose some USF support. The Commission will also consider a related Order that would freeze the current rate. (WC Docket No. 10-90)

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