Wednesday, February 29, 2012

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for March Open Meeting

The Commission has released a public notice announcing the tentative agenda for the March Open Meeting on March 21.

Review of the Program Access Rules Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”)
The Commission will consider a NPRM exploring whether to retain, sunset, or relax the exclusive contract prohibition of the program access rules and whether to revise the program access rules to better address alleged violations.

Creation of a Low Power Radio Service Report and Order
The Commission will consider a Report and Order to implement a market-specific FM translator processing scheme, adopt application caps to prevent trafficking, and modify policies to expand opportunities to rebroadcast AM stations on FM translators.

Creation of a Low Power Radio Service NPRM and Report and Order
The Commission will consider a NPRM regarding proposals to implement the Local Community Radio Act and to strengthen the LPFM service, including second adjacent channel waiver procedures, interference remediation requirements, and modification of eligibility, ownership, and selection standards.

Promoting Interoperability in the 700 MHz Commercial Spectrum NPRM
The Commission will consider a NPRM concerning the potential for harmful interference to Lower 700 MHz B and C Block operations if the Lower 700 MHz Band were interoperable and whether, if such interference exists, it can be reasonably mitigated. The NPRM also seeks comment on the best course of action should the Commission determine that interoperability would cause limited or no harmful interference to Lower 700 MHz B and C Block licensees, or that such interference can be reasonably mitigated.

Advanced Wireless Service in the 2 GHz Band NPRM and Notice of Inquiry
The Commission will consider a NPRM proposing service, technical, assignment, and licensing rules for flexible terrestrial use of spectrum currently assigned to the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) in the 2 GHz band. The Commission will also consider a Notice of Inquiry regarding an alternative band plan involving additional spectrum at 1695-1710 MHz that NTIA has proposed to reallocate from Federal to Commercial Use.

FCC Seeking Nominations for Interoperability Board

The FCC has released a public notice seeking nominations for membership on the Technical Advisory Board for First Responder Interoperability (“Interoperability Board”).  Nominations are due by March 7, 2012.  The Interoperability Board has been established for the purpose of developing recommended minimum technical requirements to ensure a nationwide level of interoperability for the nationwide public safety broadband network.  

Eligible nominees “have specific expertise necessary to developing technical requirements” for nationwide interoperability.  This expertise may include “technical expertise, public safety communications expertise, and commercial network experience.”  In addition, these voting members must fit within a statutorily prescribed category: 
  • Four members must represent wireless providers.  Of these four, two must represent national wireless providers, one must represent regional wireless providers and one must represent rural wireless providers.
  • Three members must represent equipment manufacturers.
  • Four members must represent public safety entities.  Of these four, at least one member must represent management level employees of these entities and one must represent employees of these entities.
  • Three members must represent state and local governments and must be chosen to reflect geographic and population density differences across the country.
Nominations should demonstrate how the nominee satisfies one of the statutorily defined criteria for membership and should discuss the credentials of the applicant, taking into account the specific forms of expertise required.  Self-nominations will be permitted.  Register lobbyists are ineligible to serve on this board.    
Nominations should be submitted to Jennifer A. Manner, Deputy Bureau Chief, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, via e-mail at or via U.S. mail at 445 12th Street, SW, Room 7-C738, Washington, DC 20554.

If you have any further questions about these nominations, please feel free to contact us.  

Thursday, February 9, 2012

FCC Releases Official Agenda for Feb 15th Open Meeting

The FCC has released the agenda for the February 15 Open Meeting. 

1)      Rules and Regulations Implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 – The Commission will consider a Report and Order that protects consumers form 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.
2)      Amendment of Parts 1 and 22 of the Commission's Rules with Regard to the Cellular Serivice, Including Changes in Licensing of Unserved Area; Amendment of the Commission's Rules With Regard to Relocation of Part 24 to Part 27 and Interim Restrictions and Procedures for Cellular Service Applications – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing a staged approach to revising the licensing model for the Cellular Service from site-based to geographically-based licensing.  The item also includes several other proposals to update the cellular service rules, as well as interim procedures for cellular service applications.
3)      The Proposed Extension of Part 4 of the Commission's Rules Regarding Outage Reporting to Interconnected VoIP Service Providers and Broadband Internet Service Providers – The Commission will consider a Report and Order to extend outage reporting under Part IV of the rules to interconnected VoIP service providers.

The Meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m., and may be viewed live at