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Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions-Fall 2011

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ACTION:

Semiannual regulatory agenda.

SUMMARY:

Twice a year, in spring and fall, the Commission publishes in the Federal Register a list in the Unified Agenda of those major items and other significant proceedings under development or review that pertain to the Regulatory Flexibility Act. See 5 U.S.C. 602. The Unified Agenda also provides the Code of Federal Regulations citations and legal authorities that govern these proceedings.

ADDRESSES:

Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Maura McGowan, Telecommunications Specialist, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, 202 418-0990.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Unified Agenda of Major and Other Significant Proceedings

The Commission encourages public participation in its rulemaking process. To help keep the public informed of significant rulemaking proceedings, the Commission has prepared a list of important proceedings now in progress. The General Services Administration publishes the Unified Agenda in the Federal Register in the spring and fall of each year.

The following terms may be helpful in understanding the status of the proceedings included in this report:

Docket Number— assigned to a proceeding if the Commission has issued either a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking or a Notice of Inquiry concerning the matter under consideration. The Commission has used docket numbers since January 1, 1978. Docket numbers consist of the last two digits of the calendar year in which the docket was established plus a sequential number that begins at 1 with the first docket initiated during a calendar year (e.g., Docket No. 96-1 or Docket No. 99-1). The abbreviation for the responsible bureau usually precedes the docket number, as in “MM Docket No. 96-222,” which indicates that the responsible bureau is the Mass Media Bureau (now the Media Bureau). A docket number consisting of only five digits (e.g., Docket No. 29622) indicates that the docket was established before January 1, 1978.

Notice of Inquiry (NOI)—issued by the Commission when it is seeking information on a broad subject or trying to generate ideas on a given topic. A comment period is specified during which all interested parties may submit comments.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)— issued by the Commission when it is proposing a specific change to Commission rules and regulations. Before any changes are actually made, interested parties may submit written comments on the proposed revisions.

Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM)— issued by the Commission when additional comment in the proceeding is sought.

Memorandum Opinion and Order (MO&O)—issued by the Commission to deny a petition for rulemaking, conclude an inquiry, modify a decision, or address a petition for reconsideration of a decision.

Rulemaking (RM) Number—assigned to a proceeding after the appropriate bureau or office has reviewed a petition for rulemaking, but before the Commission has taken action on the petition.

Report and Order (R&O)—issued by the Commission to state a new or amended rule or state that the Commission rules and regulations will not be revised.

Marlene H. Dortch,

Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.

Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau—Long-Term Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
497Implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996; Access to Telecommunications Service, Telecommunications Equipment, and Customer Premises Equipment by Persons With Disabilities3060-AG58
498Rules and Regulations Implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) of 1991 (CG Docket No. 02-278)3060-AI14
499Rules and Regulations Implementing Section 225 of the Communications Act (Telecommunications Relay Service) (CG Docket No. 03-123)3060-AI15
500Consumer Information and Disclosure and Truth in Billing and Billing Format3060-AI61
501Closed Captioning of Video Programming (Section 610 Review)3060-AI72
502Accessibility of Programming Providing Emergency Information3060-AI75
503Empowering Consumers to Avoid Bill Shock (Docket No. 10-207)3060-AJ51

Office of Engineering and Technology—Long-Term Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
504New Advanced Wireless Services (ET Docket No. 00-258)3060-AH65
505Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields3060-AI17
506Unlicensed Operation in the TV Broadcast Bands (ET Docket No. 04-186)3060-AI52
507Fixed and Mobile Services in the Mobile Satellite Service (ET Docket No. 10-142)3060-AJ46
508Innovation in the Broadcast Television Bands; ET Docket No. 10-2353060-AJ57
509Radio Experimentation and Market Trials Under Part 5 of the Commission's Rules and Streamlining Other Related Rules; ET Docket No. 10-2363060-AJ62
510Operation of Radar Systems in the 76-77 GHz Band; ET Docket No. 11-903060-AJ68

International Bureau—Long-Term Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
511Establishment of Rules and Policies for the Digital Audio Radio Satellite Service in the 2310-2360 MHz Frequency Band (IB Docket No. 95-91; GEN Docket No. 90-357)3060-AF93
512Space Station Licensing Reform (IB Docket No. 02-34)3060-AH98
513Reporting Requirements for U.S. Providers of International Telecommunications Services (IB Docket No. 04-112)3060-AI42
514Amendment of the Commission's Rules To Allocate Spectrum and Adopt Service Rules and Procedures To Govern the Use of Vehicle-Mounted Earth Stations (IB Docket No. 07-101)3060-AI90

Media Bureau—Long-Term Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
515Competitive Availability of Navigation Devices (CS Docket No. 97-80)3060-AG28
516Second Periodic Review of Rules and Policies Affecting the Conversion to DTV (MB Docket 03-15)3060-AH54
517Broadcast Ownership Rules3060-AH97
518Establishment of Rules for Digital Low Power Television, Television Translator, and Television Booster Stations (MB Docket No. 03-185)3060-AI38
519Joint Sales Agreements in Local Television Markets (MB Docket No. 04-256)3060-AI55
520Program Access Rules—Sunset of Exclusive Contracts Prohibition and Examination of Programming Tying Arrangements (MB Docket Nos. 07-29, 07-198)3060-AI87
521Third Periodic Review of the Commission's Rules and Policies Affecting the Conversion to Digital Television (MB Docket No. 07-91)3060-AI89
522Broadcast Localism (MB Docket No. 04-233)3060-AJ04
523Creating a Low Power Radio Service (MM Docket No. 99-25)3060-AJ07
524Policies To Promote Rural Radio Service and To Streamline Allotment and Assignment Procedures (MB Docket No. 09-52)3060-AJ23
525Promoting Diversification of Ownership in the Broadcast Services (MB Docket No. 07-294)3060-AJ27
526Amendment of the Commission's Rules Related to Retransmission Consent; MB Docket No. 10-713060-AJ55
527Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010; MB Docket No.11-433060-AJ56

Office of Managing Director—Long-Term Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
528Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees3060-AI79
529Amendment of Part 1 of the Commission's Rules, Concerning Practice and Procedure, Amendment of CORES Registration System; MD Docket No. 10-2343060-AJ54

Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau—Long-Term Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
530Revision of the Rules To Ensure Compatibility With Enhanced 911 Emergency Calling Systems3060-AG34
531Enhanced 911 Services for Wireline3060-AG60
532In the Matter of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act3060-AG74
533Development of Operational, Technical, and Spectrum Requirements for Public Safety Communications Requirements3060-AG85
534Implementation of 911 Act3060-AH90
535Commission Rules Concerning Disruptions to Communications3060-AI22
536E911 Requirements for IP-Enabled Service Providers3060-AI62
537Stolen Vehicle Recovery System (SVRS)3060-AJ01
538Commercial Mobile Alert System3060-AJ03
539Emergency Alert System3060-AJ33
540Wireless E911 Location Accuracy Requirements; PS Docket No. 07-1143060-AJ52

Wireless Telecommunications Bureau—Long-Term Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
541Amendment of Parts 13 and 80 of the Commission's Rules Governing Maritime Communications3060-AH55
542Reexamination of Roaming Obligations of Commercial Mobile Radio Service Providers3060-AH83
543Review of Part 87 of the Commission's Rules Concerning Aviation (WT Docket No. 01-289)3060-AI35
544Implementation of the Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act (CSEA) and Modernization of the Commission's Competitive Bidding Rules and Procedures (WT Docket No. 05-211)3060-AI88
545Facilitating the Provision of Fixed and Mobile Broadband Access, Educational and Other Advanced Services in the 2150-2162 and 2500-2690 MHz Bands3060-AJ12
546Amendment of the Rules Regarding Maritime Automatic Identification Systems (WT Docket No. 04-344)3060-AJ16
547Service Rules for Advanced Wireless Services in the 2155-2175 MHz Band3060-AJ19
548Service Rules for Advanced Wireless Services in the 1915 to 1920 MHz, 1995 to 2000 MHz, 2020 to 2025 MHz, and 2175 to 2180 MHz Bands3060-AJ20
549Rules Authorizing the Operation of Low Power Auxiliary Stations in the 698-806 MHz Band, WT Docket No. 08-166; Public Interest Spectrum Coalition, Petition for Rulemaking Regarding Low Power Auxiliary3060-AJ21
550Amendment of the Commission's Rules To Improve Public Safety Communications in the 800 MHz Band, and To Consolidate the 800 MHz and 900 MHz Business and Industrial/Land Transportation Pool Channels3060-AJ22
551Amendment of Part 101 to Accommodate 30 MHz Channels in the 6525-6875 MHz Band and Provide Conditional Authorization on Channels in the 21.8-22.0 and 23.0-23.2 GHz Band (WT Docket No. 04-114)3060-AJ28
552In the Matter of Service Rules for the 698 to 746, 747 to 762 and 777 to 792 MHz Bands3060-AJ35
553National Environmental Act Compliance for Proposed Tower Registrations; In the Matter of Effects on Migratory Birds3060-AJ36
554Amendment of Part 90 of the Commission's Rules3060-AJ37
555Amendment of Part 101 of the Commission's Rules for Microwave Use and Broadcast Auxiliary Service Flexibility3060-AJ47
5562004 and 2006 Biennial Regulatory Reviews—Streamlining and Other Revisions of the Commission's Rules Governing Construction, Marking, and Lighting of Antenna Structures3060-AJ50
557Universal Service Reform Mobility Fund (WT Docket No. 10-208)3060-AJ58
558Fixed and Mobile Services in the Mobile Satellite Service Bands at 1525-1559 MHz and 1626.5-1660.5 MHz, 1610-1626.5 MHz and 2483.5-2500 MHz, and 2000-2020 MHz and 2180-2200 MHz3060-AJ59

Wireline Competition Bureau—Long-Term Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
559Implementation of the Universal Service Portions of the 1996 Telecommunications Act3060-AF85
5602000 Biennial Regulatory Review—Telecommunications Service Quality Reporting Requirements3060-AH72
561Access Charge Reform and Universal Service Reform3060-AH74
562National Exchange Carrier Association Petition3060-AI47
563IP-Enabled Services3060-AI48
564Establishing Just and Reasonable Rates for Local Exchange Carriers (WC Docket No. 07-135)3060-AJ02
565Jurisdictional Separations3060-AJ06
566Service Quality, Customer Satisfaction, Infrastructure and Operating Data Gathering (WC Docket Nos. 08-190, 07-139, 07-204, 07-273, 07-21)3060-AJ14
567Form 477; Development of Nationwide Broadband Data To Evaluate Reasonable and Timely Deployment of Advanced Services to All Americans3060-AJ15
568Preserving the Open Internet; Broadband Industry Practices3060-AJ30
569Local Number Portability Porting Interval and Validation Requirements (WC Docket No 07-244)3060-AJ32
570Electronic Tariff Filing System (ETFS); WC Docket No. 10-1413060-AJ41
571Implementation of Section 224 of the Act; A National Broadband Plan for Our Future; WC Docket No. 07-245, GN Docket No. 09-513060-AJ64

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau

Long-Term Actions

497. Implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996; Access to Telecommunications Service, Telecommunications Equipment, and Customer Premises Equipment By Persons With Disabilities

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 255; 47 U.S.C. 251(a)(2)

Abstract: These proceedings implement the provisions of sections 255 and 251(a)(2) of the Communications Act and related sections of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 regarding the accessibility of telecommunications equipment and services to persons with disabilities.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
R&O08/14/9661 FR 42181
NOI09/26/9661 FR 50465
NPRM05/22/9863 FR 28456
R&O11/19/9964 FR 63235
Further NOI11/19/9964 FR 63277
Public Notice01/07/0267 FR 678
R&O08/06/0772 FR 43546
NPRM11/21/0772 FR 65494
R&O05/07/0873 FR 25566
R&O06/12/0873 FR 33324
Public Notice08/01/0873 FR 45008
Policy Statement and 2nd R&O09/08/1075 FR 54508
FNPRM09/08/1075 FR 54546
Final Rule Announcement of Effective Date12/14/1075 FR 77781
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Cheryl J. King, Deputy Chief, Disability Rights Office, Federal Communications Commission, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2284, TDD Phone: 202 418-0416, Fax: 202 418-0037, Email: cheryl.king@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AG58

498. Rules and Regulations Implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) of 1991 (CG Docket No. 02-278)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 227

Abstract: On July 3, 2003, the Commission released a Report and Order establishing, along with the FTC, a national do-not-call registry. The Commission's Report and Order also adopted rules on the use of predictive dialers, the transmission of caller ID information by telemarketers, and the sending of unsolicited fax advertisements.

On September 21, 2004, the Commission released an Order amending existing safe harbor rules for telemarketers subject to the do-not-call registry to require such telemarketers to access the do-not-call list every 31 days, rather than every 3 months.

On April 5, 2006, the Commission adopted a Report and Order and Third Order on Reconsideration amending its facsimile advertising rules to implement the Junk Fax Protection Act of 2005. On October 14, 2008, the Commission released an Order on Reconsideration addressing certain issues raised in petitions for reconsideration and/or clarification of the Report and Order and Third Order on Reconsideration.

On January 4, 2008, the Commission released a Declaratory Ruling, clarifying that autodialed and prerecorded message calls to wireless numbers that are provided by the called party to a creditor in connection with an existing debt are permissible as calls made with the “prior express consent” of the called party.

Following a December 4, 2007 NPRM, on June 17, 2008, the Commission released a Report and Order amending its rules to require sellers and/or telemarketers to honor registrations with the National Do-Not-Call Registry indefinitely, unless the registration is cancelled by the consumer or the number is removed by the database administrator.

On January 22, 2010, the Commission released an NPRM proposing to require sellers and telemarketers to obtain express written consent from recipients before making prerecorded telemarketing calls, commonly known as “robocalls,” even when the caller has an established business relationship with the consumer. The proposals also, among other things, would require that prerecorded telemarketing calls include an automated, interactive mechanism by which a consumer may “opt out” of receiving future prerecorded messages from a seller or telemarketer.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM10/08/0267 FR 62667
FNPRM04/03/0368 FR 16250
Order07/25/0368 FR 44144
Order Effective08/25/03
Order on Recon08/25/0368 FR 50978
Order10/14/0368 FR 59130
FNPRM03/31/0469 FR 16873
Order10/08/0469 FR 60311
Order10/28/0469 FR 62816
Order on Recon04/13/0570 FR 19330
Order06/30/0570 FR 37705
NPRM12/19/0570 FR 75102
Public Notice04/26/0671 FR 24634
Order05/03/0671 FR 25967
NPRM12/14/0772 FR 71099
Declaratory Ruling02/01/0873 FR 6041
R&O07/14/0873 FR 40183
Order on Recon10/30/0873 FR 64556
NPRM03/22/1075 FR 13471
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Kurt Schroeder, Deputy Chief, Consumer Policy Div., Federal Communications Commission, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0966, Email: kurt.schroeder@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AI14

499. Rules and Regulations Implementing Section 225 of the Communications Act (Telecommunications Relay Service) (CG Docket No. 03-123)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 225

Abstract: This proceeding established a new docket flowing from the previous telecommunications relay service (TRS) history, CC Docket No. 98-67. This proceeding continues the Commission's inquiry into improving the quality of TRS and furthering the goal of functional equivalency, consistent with Congress' mandate that TRS regulations encourage the use of existing technology and not discourage or impair the development of new technology. In this docket, the Commission explores ways to improve emergency preparedness for TRS facilities and services, new TRS technologies, public access to information and outreach, and issues related to payments from the Interstate TRS Fund.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM08/25/0368 FR 50993
R&O, Order on Recon09/01/0469 FR 53346
FNPRM09/01/0469 FR 53382
Public Notice02/17/0570 FR 8034
Declaratory Ruling/Interpretation02/25/0570 FR 9239
Public Notice03/07/0570 FR 10930
Order03/23/0570 FR 14568
Public Notice/Announcement of Date04/06/0570 FR 17334
Order07/01/0570 FR 38134
Order on Recon08/31/0570 FR 51643
R&O08/31/0570 FR 51649
Order09/14/0570 FR 54294
Order09/14/0570 FR 54298
Public Notice10/12/0570 FR 59346
R&O/Order on Recon12/23/0570 FR 76208
Order12/28/0570 FR 76712
Order12/29/0570 FR 77052
NPRM02/01/0671 FR 5221
Declaratory Ruling/Clarification05/31/0671 FR 30818
FNPRM05/31/0671 FR 30848
FNPRM06/01/0671 FR 31131
Declaratory Ruling/Dismissal of Petition06/21/0671 FR 35553
Clarification06/28/0671 FR 36690
Declaratory Ruling on Recon07/06/0671 FR 38268
Order on Recon08/16/0671 FR 47141
MO&O08/16/0671 FR 47145
Clarification08/23/0671 FR 49380
FNPRM09/13/0671 FR 54009
Final Rule; Clarification02/14/0772 FR 6960
Order03/14/0772 FR 11789
R&O08/06/0772 FR 43546
Public Notice08/16/0772 FR 46060
Order11/01/0772 FR 61813
Public Notice01/04/0873 FR 863
R&O/Declaratory Ruling01/17/0873 FR 3197
Order02/19/0873 FR 9031
Order04/21/0873 FR 21347
R&O04/21/0873 FR 21252
Order04/23/0873 FR 21843
Public Notice04/30/0873 FR 23361
Order05/15/0873 FR 28057
Declaratory Ruling07/08/0873 FR 38928
FNPRM07/18/0873 FR 41307
R&O07/18/0873 FR 41286
Public Notice08/01/0873 FR 45006
Public Notice08/05/0873 FR 45354
Public Notice10/10/0873 FR 60172
Order10/23/0873 FR 63078
2nd R&O and Order on Recon12/30/0873 FR 79683
Order05/06/0974 FR 20892
Public Notice05/07/0974 FR 21364
NPRM05/21/0974 FR 23815
Public Notice05/21/0974 FR 23859
Public Notice06/12/0974 FR 28046
Order07/29/0974 FR 37624
Public Notice08/07/0974 FR 39699
Order09/18/0974 FR 47894
Order10/26/0974 FR 54913
Public Notice05/12/1075 FR 26701
Order Deying Stay Motion (Release Date)07/09/10
Order08/13/1075 FR 49491
Order09/03/1075 FR 54040
NPRM11/02/1075 FR 67333
NPRM05/02/1176 FR 24442
Order07/25/1176 FR 44326
Order (Release Date)08/04/11
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2388, Email: karen.strauss@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AI15

500. Consumer Information and Disclosure and Truth in Billing and Billing Format

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 U.S.C. 258

Abstract: In 1999, the Commission adopted truth-in-billing rules to address concerns that there is consumer confusion relating to billing for telecommunications services. On March 18, 2005, the Commission released an Order and FNPRM to further facilitate the ability of telephone consumers to make informed choices among competitive service offerings.

On August 28, 2009, the Commission released a Notice of Inquiry which asks questions about information available to consumers at all stages of the purchasing process for all communications services, including (1) choosing a provider; (2) choosing a service plan; (3) managing use of the service plan; and (4) deciding whether and when to switch an existing provider or plan.

On October 14, 2010, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing rules that would require mobile service providers to provide usage alerts and information that will assist consumers in avoiding unexpected charges on their bills.

On July 12, 2011, the Commission released an NPRM that would assist Consumers in detecting and preventing the placement of unauthorized charges on their telephone bills, an unlawful and fraudulent practice, commonly referred to as “cramming.”

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
FNPRM05/25/0570 FR 30044
R&O05/25/0570 FR 29979
NOI08/28/09
Public Notice05/20/1075 FR 28249
Public Notice06/11/1075 FR 33303
NPRM11/26/1075 FR 72773
NPRM08/23/1176 FR 52625
NPRM Comment Period End11/21/11
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Richard D. Smith, Special Counsel, Federal Communications Commission, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 717 338-2797, Fax: 717 338-2574, Email: richard.smith@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AI61

501. Closed Captioning of Video Programming (Section 610 Review)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 613

Abstract: The Commission's closed captioning rules are designed to make video programming more accessible to deaf and hard of hearing Americans. This proceeding resolves some issues regarding the Commission's closed captioning rules that were raised for comment in 2005, and also seeks comment on how a certain exemption from the closed captioning rules should be applied to digital multicast broadcast channels.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM02/03/9762 FR 4959
R&O09/16/9762 FR 48487
Order on Recon10/28/9863 FR 55959
NPRM09/26/0570 FR 56150
Order and Declaratory Ruling01/13/0974 FR 1594
NPRM01/13/0974 FR 1654
Final Rule Correction09/11/0974 FR 46703
Final Rule Announcement of Effective Date02/19/1075 FR 7370
Order02/19/1075 FR 7368
Order Suspending Effective Date02/19/1075 FR 7369
Waiver Order10/04/1075 FR 61101
Public Notice11/17/1075 FR 70168
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Eliot Greenwald, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2235, Email: eliot.greenwald@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AI72

502. Accessibility of Programming Providing Emergency Information

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 613.

Abstract: In this proceeding, the Commission adopted rules detailing how video programming distributors must make emergency information accessible to persons with hearing and visual disabilities.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
FNPRM01/21/9863 FR 3070
NPRM12/01/9964 FR 67236
NPRM Correction12/22/9964 FR 71712
Second R&O05/09/0065 FR 26757
R&O09/11/0065 FR 54805
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Eliot Greenwald, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2235, Email: eliot.greenwald@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AI75

503. Empowering Consumers To Avoid Bill Shock (Docket No. 10-207)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 332

Abstract: On October 14, 2010, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which proposes rule that would require mobile service providers to provide usage alerts and information that will assist consumers in avoiding unexpected charges on their bills.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Public Notice05/20/1075 FR 28249
NPRM11/26/1075 FR 72773
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Richard D. Smith, Special Counsel, Federal Communications Commission, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 717 338-2797, Fax: 717 338-2574, Email: richard.smith@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ51

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Office of Engineering and Technology

Long-Term Actions

504. New Advanced Wireless Services (ET Docket No. 00-258)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 157(a); 47 U.S.C. 303(c); 47 U.S.C. 303(f); 47 U.S.C. 303(g); 47 U.S.C. 303(r)

Abstract: This proceeding explores the possible uses of frequency bands below 3 GHz to support the introduction of new advanced wireless services, including third generations as well as future generations of wireless systems. Advanced wireless systems could provide for a wide range of voice data and broadband services over a variety of mobile and fixed networks.

The Third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking discusses the frequency bands that are still under consideration in this proceeding and invites additional comments on their disposition. Specifically, it addresses the Unlicensed Personal Communications Service (UPCS) band at 1910-1930 MHz, the Multipoint Distribution Service (MDS) spectrum at 2155-2160/62 MHz bands, the Emerging Technology spectrum, at 2160-2165 MHz, and the bands reallocated from MSS 91990-2000 MHz, 2020-2025 MHz, and 2165-2180 MHz. We seek comment on these bands with respect to using them for paired or unpaired Advance Wireless Service (AWS) operations or as relocation spectrum for existing services.

The 7th Report and Order facilitates the introduction of Advanced Wireless Service (AWS) in the band 1710-1755 MHz—an integral part of a 90 MHz spectrum allocation recently reallocated to allow for such new and innovative wireless services. We largely adopt the proposals set forth in our recent AWS Fourth NPRM in this proceeding that are designed to clear the 1710-1755 MHz band of incumbent Federal Government operations that would otherwise impede the development of new nationwide AWS services. These actions are consistent with previous actions in this proceeding and with the United States Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) 2002 Viability Assessment, which addressed relocation and reaccommodation options for Federal Government operations in the band.

The 8th Report and Order reallocated the 2155-2160 MHz band for Fixed and Mobile services and designates the 2155-2175 MHz band for Advanced Wireless Service (AWS) use. This proceeding continues the Commission's ongoing efforts to promote spectrum utilization and efficiency with regard to the provision of new services, including Advanced Wireless Services.

The Order requires Broadband Radio Service (BRS) licensees in the 2150-2160/62 MHz band to provide information on the construction status and operational parameters of each incumbent BRS system that would be the subject of relocation.

The Notice of Proposed Rule Making requested comments on the specific relocation procedures applicable to Broadband Radio Service (BRS) operations in the 2150-2160/62 MHz band, which the Commission recently decided will be relocated to the newly restructured 2495-2690 MHz band. The Commission also requested comments on the specific relocation procedures applicable to Fixed Microwave Service (FS) operations in the 2160-2175 MHz band.

The Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) set forth the specific data that Broadband Radio Service (BRS) licensees in the 2150-2160/62 MHz band must file along with the deadline date and procedures for filing this data on the Commission's Universal Licensing System (ULS). The data will assist in determining future AWS licensee's relocation obligations.

The 9th Report and Order established procedures for the relocation of Broadband Radio Service (BRS) operations from the 2150-2160/62 MHz band, as well as for the relocation of Fixed Microwave Service (FS) operations from the 2160-2175 MHz band, and modified existing relocation procedures for the 2110-2150 MHz and 2175-2180 MHz bands. It also established cost-sharing rules to identify the reimbursement obligations for Advanced Wireless Service (AWS) and Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) entrants benefiting from the relocation of incumbent FS operations in the 2110-2150 MHz and 2160-2200 MHz bands and AWS entrants benefiting from the relocation of BRS incumbents in the 2150-2160/62 MHz band. The Commission continues its ongoing efforts to promote spectrum utilization and efficiency with regard to the provision of new services, including AWS. The Order dismisses a petition for reconsideration filed by the Wireless Communications Association International, Inc. (WCA) as moot.

Two petitions for Reconsideration were filed in response to the 9th Report and Order.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM01/23/0166 FR 7438
NPRM Comment Period End03/09/01
Final Report04/11/0166 FR 18740
FNPRM09/13/0166 FR 47618
MO&O09/13/0166 FR 47591
First R&O10/25/0166 FR 53973
Petition for Recon11/02/0166 FR 55666
Second R&O01/24/0368 FR 3455
Third NPRM03/13/0368 FR 12015
Seventh R&O12/29/0469 FR 7793
Petition for Recon04/13/0570 FR 19469
Eighth R&O10/26/0570 FR 61742
Order10/26/0570 FR 61742
NPRM10/26/0570 FR 61752
Public Notice12/14/0570 FR 74011
Ninth R&O and Order05/24/0671 FR 29818
Petition for Recon07/19/0671 FR 41022
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Rodney Small, Economist, Federal Communications Commission, Office of Engineering and Technology, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2452, Fax: 202 418-1944, Email: rodney.small@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AH65

505. Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 302 and 303; 47 U.S.C. 309(j); 47 U.S.C. 336

Abstract: The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposed amendments to the FCC rules relating to compliance of transmitters and facilities with guidelines for human exposure to radio frequency (RF) energy.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM09/08/0368 FR 52879
NPRM Comment Period End12/08/03
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Ira Keltz, Electronics Engineer, Federal Communications Commission, Office of Engineering and Technology, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0616, Fax: 202 418-1944, Email: ikeltz@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AI17

506. Unlicensed Operation in the TV Broadcast Bands (ET Docket No. 04-186)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 302; 47 U.S.C. 303(e) and 303(f); 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 U.S.C. 307

Abstract: The Commission adopted rules to allow unlicensed radio transmitters to operate in the broadcast television spectrum at locations where that spectrum is not being used by licensed services (this unused TV spectrum is often termed “white spaces”). This action will make a significant amount of spectrum available for new and innovative products and services, including broadband data and other services for businesses and consumers. The actions taken are a conservative first step that includes many safeguards to prevent harmful interference to incumbent communications services. Moreover, the Commission will closely oversee the development and introduction of these devices to the market and will take whatever actions may be necessary to avoid, and if necessary correct, any interference that may occur.

The Second Memorandum Opinion and Order finalizes rules to make the unused spectrum in the TV bands available for unlicensed broadband wireless devices. This particular spectrum has excellent propagation characteristics that allow signals to reach farther and penetrate walls and other structures. Access to this spectrum could enable more powerful public Internet connections—super Wi-Fi hot spots—with extended range, fewer dead spots, and improved individual speeds as a result of reduced congestion on existing networks. This type of “opportunistic use” of spectrum has great potential for enabling access to other spectrum bands and improving spectrum efficiency. The Commission's actions here are expected to spur investment and innovation in applications and devices that will be used not only in the TV band but eventually in other frequency bands as well.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM06/18/0469 FR 34103
First R&O11/17/0671 FR 66876
FNPRM11/17/0671 FR 66897
R&O and MO&O02/17/0974 FR 7314
Petitions for Reconsideration04/13/0974 FR 16870
Second MO&O12/06/1075 FR 75814
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Hugh Van Tuyl, Electronics Engineer, Federal Communications Commission, Office of Engineering and Technology, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7506, Fax: 202 418-1944, Email: hugh.vantuyl@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AI52

507. Fixed and Mobile Services in the Mobile Satellite Service (ET Docket No. 10-142)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154 (i) and 301; 47 U.S.C. 303(c) and 303(f); 47 U.S.C. 303(r) and 303(y); 47 U.S.C. 310

Abstract: The Notice of Proposed Rule Making proposed to take a number of actions to further the provision of terrestrial broadband services in the MSS bands. In the 2 GHz MSS band, the Commission proposed to add co-primary Fixed and Mobile allocations to the existing Mobile-Satellite allocation. This would lay the groundwork for providing additional flexibility in use of the 2 GHz spectrum in the future. The Commission also proposed to apply the terrestrial secondary market spectrum leasing rules and procedures to transactions involving terrestrial use of the MSS spectrum in the 2 GHz, Big LEO, and L-bands in order to create greater certainty and regulatory parity with bands licensed for terrestrial broadband service.

The Commission also asked, in a Notice of Inquiry, about approaches for creating opportunities for full use of the 2 GHz band for stand-alone terrestrial uses. The Commission requested comment on ways to promote innovation and investment throughout the MSS bands while also ensuring market-wide mobile satellite capability to serve important needs like disaster recovery and rural access.

In the Report and Order the Commission amended its rules to make additional spectrum available for new investment in mobile broadband networks while also ensuring that the United States maintains robust mobile satellite service capabilities. First, the Commission adds co-primary Fixed and Mobile allocations to the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) 2 GHz band, consistent with the International Table of Allocations, allowing more flexible use of the band, including for terrestrial broadband services, in the future. Second, to create greater predictability and regulatory parity with the bands licensed for terrestrial mobile broadband service, the Commission extends its existing secondary market spectrum manager spectrum leasing policies, procedures, and rules that currently apply to wireless terrestrial services to terrestrial services provided using the Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC) of an MSS system.

Petitions for Reconsideration have been filed in the Commission's rulemaking proceeding concerning Fixed and Mobile Services in the Mobile Satellite Service Bands at 1525-1559 MHz and 1626.5-1660.5 MHz, 1610-1626.5 MHz and 2483.5-2500 MHz, and 2000-2020 MHz and 2180-2200 MHz and published pursuant to 47 CFR 1.429(e). See 1.4(b)(1) of the Commission's rules.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM08/16/1075 FR 49871
NPRM Comment Period End09/15/10
Reply Comment Period End09/30/10
R&O05/31/1176 FR 31252
Petitions for Recon08/10/1176 FR 49364
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Nicholas Oros, Electronics Engineer, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0636, Email: nicholas.oros@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ46

508. Innovation in the Broadcast Television Bands; ET Docket No. 10-235

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 302; 47 U.S.C. 303(e); 47 U.S.C. 303(f); 47 U.S.C. 303(r)

Abstract: The Commission initiated this proceeding to further its ongoing commitment to addressing America's growing demand for wireless broadband services, spur ongoing innovation and investment in mobile and ensure that America keeps pace with the global wireless revolution, by making a significant amount of new spectrum available for broadband. The approach proposed is consistent with the goal set forth in the National Broadband Plan (the Plan) to repropose up to 120 megahertz from the broadcast television bands for new wireless broadband uses through, in part, voluntary contributions of spectrum to an incentive auction. Reallocation of this spectrum as proposed will provide the necessary flexibility for meeting the requirements of these new applications.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM02/01/1176 FR 5521
NPRM Comment Period End03/18/11
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Alan Stillwell, Deputy Chief, OET, Federal Communications Commission, Office of Engineering and Technology, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2925, Email: alan.stillwell@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ57

509. Radio Experimentation and Market Trials Under Part 5 of the Commission's Rules and Streamlining Other Related Rules; ET Docket No. 10-236

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 301 and 303

Abstract: The Commission initiated this proceeding to promote innovation and efficiency in spectrum use in the Experimental Radio Service (ERS). For many years, the ERS has provided fertile ground for testing innovative ideas that have led to new services and new devices for all sectors of the economy. The Commission proposes to leverage the power of experimental radio licensing to accelerate the rate at which these ideas transform from prototypes to consumer devices and services. Its goal is to inspire researchers to dream, discover and deliver the innovations that push the boundaries of the broadband ecosystem. The resulting advancements in devices and services available to the American public and greater spectrum efficiency over the long term will promote economic growth, global competitiveness, and a better way of life for all America

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM02/08/1176 FR 6928
NPRM Comment Period End03/10/11
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: James Burtle, Chief, Experimental Licensing Branch, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2445, Email: james.burtle@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ62

510. • Operation of Radar Systems in the 76-77 GHz Band; ET Docket No. 11-90

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 302; 47 U.S.C. 303(f)

Abstract: The Commission proposes to amend its rules to enable enhanced vehicular radar technologies in the 76-77 GHz band to improve collision avoidance and driver safety. Vehicular radars can determine the exact distance and relative speed of objects in front of, beside, or behind a car to improve the driver's ability to perceive objects under bad visibility conditions or objects that are in blind spots. These modifications to the rules will provide more efficient use of spectrum, and enable the automotive and fixed radar application industries to develop enhanced safety measures for drivers and the general public. The Commission takes this action in response to petitions for rulemaking filed by Toyota Motor Corporation (“TMC”) and Era Systems Corporation (“Era”).

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM06/16/1176 FR 35176
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Aamer Zain, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2437, Email: aamer.zain@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ68

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

International Bureau

Long-Term Actions

511. Establishment of Rules and Policies for the Digital Audio Radio Satellite Service in the 2310-2360 MHz Frequency Band (IB Docket No. 95-91; Gen Docket No. 90-357)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 151(i); 47 U.S.C. 154(j); 47 U.S.C. 157; 47 U.S.C. 309(j)

Abstract: In 1997, the Commission adopted service rules for the satellite digital audio radio service (SDARS) in the 2320-2345 MHz frequency band and sought further comment on proposed rules governing the use of complementary SDARS terrestrial repeaters. The Commission released a second further notice of proposed rulemaking in January 2008, to consider new proposals for rules to govern terrestrial repeaters operations. The Commission released a Second Report and Order on May 20, 2010, which adopted rules governing the operation of SDARS terrestrial repeaters, including establishing a blanket licensing regime for repeaters operating up to 12 kilowatts average equivalent isotropically radiated power.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM06/15/9560 FR 35166
R&O03/11/9762 FR 11083
FNPRM04/18/9762 FR 19095
Second FNPRM01/15/0873 FR 2437
FNPRM Comment Period End03/17/08
2nd R&O05/20/1075 FR 45058
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Jay Whaley, Attorney, Federal Communications Commission, International Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7184, Fax: 202 418-0748, Email: jwhaley@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AF93

512. Space Station Licensing Reform (IB Docket No. 02-34)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 157; 47 U.S.C. 303(c); 47 U.S.C. 303(g); * * *

Abstract: The Commission adopted a Notice or Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to streamline its procedures for reviewing satellite license applications. Before 2003, the Commission used processing rounds to review those applications. In a processing round, when an application is filed, the International Bureau (Bureau) issued a public notice establishing a cut-off date for other mutually exclusive satellite applications, and then considered all those applications together. In cases where sufficient spectrum to accommodate all the application was not available, the Bureau directed the applicants to negotiate a mutually agreeable solution. Those negotiations took a long time, and delayed provision of satellite services to the public.

The NPRM invited comment on two alternatives for expediting the satellite application process. One alternative was to replace the processing round procedure with a “first-come, first-served” procedure that would allow the Bureau to issue a satellite license to the first party filing a complete, acceptable application. The other alternative was to streamline the processing round procedure by adopting one or more of the following proposals: (1) Place a time limit on negotiations; (2) established criteria to select among competing applicants; (3) divide the available spectrum evenly among the applicants.

In the First Report and Order in this proceeding, the Commission determined that different procedures were better-suited for different kinds of satellite applications. For most geostationary orbit (GSO) satellite applications, the Commission adopted a first-come, first-served approach. For most non-geostationary orbit (NGSO) satellite applications, the Commission adopted a procedure in which the available spectrum is divided evenly among the qualified applicants. The Commission also adopted measures to discourage applicants from filing speculative applications, including a bond requirement, payable if a licensee misses a milestone. The bond amounts originally were $5 million for each GSO satellite, and $7.5 million for each NGSO satellite system. These were interim amounts. Concurrently with the First Report and Order, the Commission adopted an FNPRM to determine whether to revise the bond amounts on a long-term basis.

In the Second Report and Order, the Commission adopted a streamlined procedure for certain kinds of satellite license modification requests.

In the Third Report and Order, the Commission adopted a standardized application form for satellite licenses, and adopted a mandatory electronic filing requirement for certain satellite applications.

In the Fourth Report and Order, the Commission revised the bond amounts based on the record developed in response to FNPRM. The bond amounts are now $3 million for each GSO satellite, and $5 million for each NGSO satellite system.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM03/19/0267 FR 12498
NPRM Comment Period End07/02/02
Second R&O (Release Date)06/20/0368 FR 62247
Second FNPRM (Release Date)07/08/0368 FR 53702
Third R&O (Release Date)07/08/0368 FR 63994
FNPRM08/27/0368 FR 51546
First R&O08/27/0368 FR 51499
FNPRM Comment Period End10/27/03
Fourth R&O (Release Date)04/16/0469 FR 67790
Fifth R&O, First Order on Recon (Release Date)07/06/0469 FR 51586
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Fern Jarmulnek, Associate Chief, Satellite and Radio Communication Division, Federal Communications Commission, International Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0751, Fax: 202 418-0748, Email: fjarmuln@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AH98

513. Reporting Requirements for U.S. Providers of International Telecommunications Services (IB Docket No. 04-112)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 161; 47 U.S.C. 201 to 205; * * *

Abstract: FCC is reviewing the reporting requirements to which carriers providing U.S.-international services are subject under 47 CFR part 43. The FCC adopted a First Report and Order that eliminated certain of those requirements. Specifically, it eliminated the quarterly reporting requirements for large carriers and foreign-affiliated switched resale carriers, 47 CFR 43.61(b), (c); the circuit addition report, 47 CFR 63.23(e); the division of telegraph tolls report, 47 CFR 43.53; and, requirement to report separately for U.S off-shore points, 43.61(a), 43.82(a). The FCC also adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks comment additional reforms to further streamline and modernize the reporting requirements. The FCC also seeks comments on whether providers of interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) should submit data regarding their provision of international telephone services and whether non-common carrier international circuits should be reported.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM04/12/0469 FR 29676
First R&O05/12/1176 FR 42567
FNPRM05/12/1176 FR 42613
FNPRM Comment Period End09/02/11
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: David Krech, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications Commission, International Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1460, Fax: 202 418-2824, Email: david.krech@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AI42

514. Amendment of the Commission's Rules To Allocate Spectrum and Adopt Service Rules and Procedures To Govern the Use of Vehicle-Mounted Earth Stations (IB Docket No. 07-101)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and (j); 47 U.S.C. 157(a); 47 U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 303 (c); 47 U.S.C. 303 (f); 47 U.S.C. 303 (g); 47 U.S.C. 303 (r); 47 U.S.C. 303 (y); 47 U.S.C. 308

Abstract: The Commission seeks comment on the proposed amendment of parts 2 and 25 of the Commission's rules to allocate spectrum for use with Vehicle-Mounted Earth Stations (VMES) in the Fixed-Satellite Service in the Ku-band uplink at 14.0-14.5 GHz and Ku-band downlink 11.72-12.2 GHz on a primary basis, and in the extended Ku-band downlink at 10.95-11.2 GHz and 11.45-11.7 GHz on a non-protected basis, and to adopt Ku-band VMES licensing and service rules modeled on the FCC's rules for Ku-band Earth Stations on Vessels (ESVs). The record in this proceeding will provide a basis for Commission action to facilitate introduction of this proposed service.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM07/08/0772 FR 39357
NPRM Comment Period End09/04/07
R&O11/04/0974 FR 57092
Petition for Reconsideration04/14/1075 FR 19401
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Howard Griboff, Deputy Chief, Federal Communications Commission, International Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0657, Fax: 202 418-1414, Email: howard.griboff@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AI90

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Media Bureau

Long-Term Actions

515. Competitive Availability of Navigation Devices (CS Docket No. 97-80)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 549

Abstract: The Commission has adopted rules to address the mandate expressed in section 629 of the Communications Act to ensure the commercial availability of “navigation devices,” the equipment used to access video programming and other services from multichannel video programming systems.

Specifically, the Commission required MVPDs to make available by, a security element (known as a “cablecard”) separate from the basic navigation device (e.g., cable set-top boxes, digital video recorders, and television receivers with navigation capabilities). The separation of the security element from the host device required by this rule (referred to as the “integration ban”) was designed to enable unaffiliated manufacturers, retailers, and other vendors to commercially market host devices while allowing MVPDs to retain control over their system security. Also, in this proceeding, the Commission adopted unidirectional “plug and play” rules, to govern compatibility between MVPDs and navigation devices manufactured by consumer electronics manufacturers not affiliated with cable operators.

In the most recent action, the Commission made rule changes to improve the operation of the CableCard regime.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM03/05/9762 FR 10011
R&O07/15/9863 FR 38089
Order on Recon06/02/9964 FR 29599
FNPRM & Declaratory Ruling09/28/0065 FR 58255
FNPRM01/16/0368 FR 2278
Order and FNPRM06/17/0368 FR 35818
Second R&O11/28/0368 FR 66728
FNPRM11/28/0368 FR 66776
Order on Recon01/28/0469 FR 4081
Second R&O06/22/0570 FR 36040
Third FNPRM07/25/0772 FR 40818
4th FNPRM05/14/1075 FR 27256
3rd R&O07/08/1176 FR 40263
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Brendan Murray, Attorney Advisor, Policy Division, Federal Communications Commission, Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1573, Email: brendan.murray@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AG28

516. Second Periodic Review of Rules and Policies Affecting the Conversion to DTV (MB Docket 03-15)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 4(i) and 4(j); 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 U.S.C. 307; 47 U.S.C. 309; 47 U.S.C. 336

Abstract: On January 18, 2001, the Commission adopted a Report and Order (R&O) and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, addressing a number of issues related to the conversion of the nation's broadcast television system from analog to digital television. The Second Report and Order resolved several major technical issues including the issue of receiver performance standards, DTV tuners, and revisions to certain components of the DTV transmission standard. A subsequent NPRM commenced the Commission's second periodic review of the progress of the digital television conversion. The resulting R&O adopted a multi-step process to create a new DTV table of allotments and authorizations. Also in the R&O, the Commission adopted replication and maximization deadlines for DTV broadcasters and updated rules in recognition revisions to broadcast transmission standards.

The Second R&O adopts disclosure requirements for televisions that do not include a digital tuner.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM03/23/0065 FR 15600
R&O02/13/0166 FR 9973
MO&O12/18/0166 FR 65122
Third MO&O and Order on Recon10/02/0267 FR 61816
Second R&O and Second MO&O10/11/0267 FR 63290
NPRM02/18/0368 FR 7737
R&O10/04/0469 FR 59500
Second R&O05/10/0772 FR 26554
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Evan Baranoff, Attorney, Policy Division, Federal Communications Commission, Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7142, Email: evan.baranoff@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AH54

517. Broadcast Ownership Rules

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 152(a); 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 307; 47 U.S.C. 309 and 310

Abstract: Section 202(h) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 requires the Commission to review its ownership rules every four years and determine whether any such rules are necessary in the public interest as the result of competition.

In 2002, the Commission undertook a comprehensive review of its broadcast multiple and cross-ownership limits examining: cross-ownership of TV and radio stations; local TV ownership limits; national TV cap; and dual network rule.

The Report and Order replaced the newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership and radio and TV rules with a tiered approach based on the number of television stations in a market. In June 2006, the Commission adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking initiating the 2006 review of the broadcast ownership rules. The further notice also sought comment on how to address the issues raised by the Third Circuit. Additional questions are raised for comment in a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

In the Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration, the Commission adopted rule changes regarding newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership, but otherwise generally retained the other broadcast ownership rules currently in effect.

For the 2010 quadrennial review, five of the Commission's media are the subject of review: The local TV ownership rule; the local radio ownership rule; the newspaper broadcast cross-ownership rule; the radio/TV cross-ownership rule; and the dual network rule.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM10/05/0166 FR 50991
R&O08/05/0368 FR 46286
Public Notice02/19/0469 FR 9216
FNPRM08/09/0671 FR 4511
Second FNPRM08/08/0772 FR 44539
R&O and Order on Recon02/21/0873 FR 9481
Notice of Inquiry06/11/1075 FR 33227
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Amy Brett, Asst. Div. Chief, Industry Analysis Div., Federal Communications Commission, Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2703, Email: amy.brett@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AH97

518. Establishment of Rules for Digital Low Power Television, Television Translator, and Television Booster Stations (MB Docket No. 03-185)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 309; 47 U.S.C. 336

Abstract: This proceeding initiates the digital television conversion for low power television (LPTV) and television translator stations. The rules and policies adopted as a result of this proceeding provide the framework for these stations' conversion from analog to digital broadcasting. The Report and Order adopts definitions and permissible use provisions for digital TV translator and LPTV stations. The Second Report and Order takes steps to resolve the remaining issues in order to complete the low power television digital transition.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM09/26/0368 FR 55566
NPRM Comment Period End11/25/03
R&O11/29/0469 FR 69325
FNPRM and MO&O10/18/1075 FR 63766
2nd R&O07/07/1176 FR 44821
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Shaun Maher, Attorney, Video Division, Federal Communications Commission, Mass Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2324, Fax: 202 418-2827, Email: shaun.maher@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AI38

519. Joint Sales Agreements in Local Television Markets (MB Docket No. 04-256)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 to 152(a); 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 303; * * *

Abstract: A joint sales agreement (JSA) is an agreement with a licensee of a brokered station that authorizes a broker to sell some or all of the advertising time for the brokered station in return for a fee or percentage of revenues paid to the licensee. The Commission has sought comment on whether TV JSAs should be attributed for purposes of determining compliance with the Commission's multiple ownership rules.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM08/26/0469 FR 52464
NPRM Comment Period End09/27/04
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Amy Brett, Asst. Div. Chief, Industry Analysis Div., Federal Communications Commission, Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2703, Email: amy.brett@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AI55

520. Program Access Rules—Sunset of Exclusive Contracts Prohibition and Examination of Programming Tying Arrangements (MB Docket Nos. 07-29, 07-198)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 548

Abstract: The program access provisions of the Communications Act (sec. 628) generally prohibit exclusive contracts for satellite delivered programming between programmers in which a cable operator has an attributable interest (vertically integrated programmers) and cable operators. This limitation was set to expire on October 5, 2007, unless circumstances in the video programming marketplace indicate that an extension of the prohibition continues “to be necessary to preserve and protect competition and diversity in the distribution of video programming.” The October 2007 Report and Order concluded the prohibition continues to be necessary, and accordingly, retained it until October 5, 2012. The accompanying Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) sought comment on revisions to the Commission's program access and retransmission consent rules. The associated Report and Order adopted rules to permit complainants to pursue program access claims regarding terrestrially delivered cable affiliated programming.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM03/01/0772 FR 9289
NPRM Comment Period End04/02/07
R&O10/04/0772 FR 56645
Second NPRM10/31/0772 FR 61590
Second NPRM Comment Period End11/30/07
R&O03/02/1075 FR 9692
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: David Konczal, Policy Division, Media Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2228, Email: david.konczal@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AI87

521. Third Periodic Review of the Commission's Rules and Policies Affecting the Conversion to Digital Television (MB Docket No. 07-91)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 154(j); 47 U.S.C. 301 to 303; 47 U.S.C. 307 to 309; 47 U.S.C. 312; 47 U.S.C. 316; 47 U.S.C. 318 and 319; 47 U.S.C. 324 and 325; 47 U.S.C. 336 and 337

Abstract: Congress has mandated that after February 17, 2009, full-power broadcast stations must transmit only in digital signals, and may no longer transmit analog signals. This proceeding is the Commission's third periodic review of the transition of the nation's broadcast television system from analog to digital television (DTV). The Commission conducts these periodic reviews in order to assess the progress of the transition and make any necessary adjustments to the Commission's rules and policies to facilitate the introduction of DTV service and the recovery of spectrum at the end of the transition. In this review, the Commission considers how to ensure that broadcasters complete construction of their final post-transition (digital) facilities by the statutory deadline.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM07/09/0772 FR 37310
NPRM Comment Period End08/08/07
R&O01/30/0873 FR 5634
Order on Clarification07/10/0873 FR 39623
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Evan Baranoff, Attorney, Policy Division, Federal Communications Commission, Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7142, Email: evan.baranoff@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AI89

522. Broadcast Localism (MB Docket No. 04-233)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 532; 47 U.S.C. 536

Abstract: The concept of localism has been a cornerstone of broadcast regulation. The Commission has consistently held that as temporary trustee of the public's airwaves, broadcasters are obligated to operate their stations to serve the public interest. Specifically, broadcasters are required to air programming responsive to the needs and issues of the people in their licensed communities. The Commission opened this proceeding to seek input on a number of issues related to broadcast localism.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Report and NPRM02/13/0873 FR 8255
NPRM Comment Period End03/14/08
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Mary Beth Murphy, DIvision Chief, Policy Division, Federal Communications Commission, Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2132, Email: marybeth.murphy@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ04

523. Creating a Low Power Radio Service (MM Docket No. 99-25)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 to 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 403; 47 U.S.C. 405

Abstract: This proceeding was initiated to establish a new noncommercial educational low power FM radio service for non-profit community organizations and public safety entities. In January 2000, the Commission adopted a Report and Order establishing two classes of LPFM stations, 100 watt (LP100) and 10 watt (LP10) facilities, with service radii of approximately 3.5 miles and 1-2 miles, respectively. The Report and Order also established ownership and eligibility rules for the LPFM service. The Commission generally restricted ownership to entities with no attributable interest in any other broadcast station or other media. To choose among entities filing mutually exclusive applications for LPFM licenses, the Commission established a point system favoring local ownership and locally-originated programming. The Report and Order imposed separation requirements for LPFM with respect to full power stations operating on co-, first- and second-adjacent and intermediate frequency (IF) channels.

In a Further Notice issued in 2005, the Commission reexamined some of its rules governing the LPFM service, noting that the rules may need adjustment in order to ensure that the Commission maximizes the value of the LPFM service without harming the interests of full-power FM stations or other Commission licensees. The Commission sought comment on a number of issues with respect to LPFM ownership restrictions and eligibility.

The Third Report and Order resolves issues raised in the Further Notice. The accompanying Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) considers rule changes to avoid the potential loss of LPFM stations.

In the third FNPRM, the Commission seeks comment on the impact of the Local Community Radio Act on the procedures previously adopted.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM02/16/9964 FR 7577
R&O02/15/0065 FR 7616
MO&O and Order on Recon11/09/0065 FR 67289
Second R&O05/10/0166 FR 23861
Second Order on Recon and FNPRM07/07/0570 FR 3918
Third R&O01/17/0873 FR 3202
Second FNPRM03/26/0873 FR 12061
Third FNPRM07/29/1176 FR 454901
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Peter Doyle, Chief, Audio Division, Media Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2700, Email: peter.doyle@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ07

524. Policies To Promote Rural Radio Service and To Streamline Allotment and Assignment Procedures (MB Docket No. 09-52)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 and 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 307 and 309(j)

Abstract: This proceeding was commenced to consider a number of changes to the Commission's rules and procedures to carry out the statutory goal of distributing radio service fairly and equitably, and to increase the transparency and efficiency of radio broadcast auction and licensing processes. In the NPRM, comment is sought on specific proposals regarding the procedures used to award commercial broadcast spectrum in the AM and FM broadcast bands. The accompanying Report and Order adopts rules that provide tribes a priority to obtain broadcast radio licenses in tribal communities. The Commission concurrently adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on whether to extend the tribal priority to tribes that do not possess tribal land.

The Commission adopted a second FNPRM in order to develop a more comprehensive record regarding measures to assist Federally recognized Native American tribes and Alaska native villages in obtaining commercial FM station authorizations. In the second R&O, the Commission adopted a number of procedures, procedural changes, and clarifications of existing rules and procedures, designed to promote ownership and programming diversity, especially by Native American tribes, and to promote the initiation and retention of radio service in and to smaller communities and rural areas.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM05/13/0974 FR 22498
NPRM Comment Period End07/10/09
First R&O03/04/1075 FR 9797
FNPRM03/04/1075 FR 9856
2nd FNPRM03/16/1176 FR 14362
2nd R&O04/06/1176 FR 18942
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Peter Doyle, Chief, Audio Division, Media Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2700, Email: peter.doyle@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ23

525. Promoting Diversification of Ownership in the Broadcast Services (MB Docket No. 07-294)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 152(a); 47 U.S.C. 154 i and (j); 47 U.S.C. 257; 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 U.S.C. 307 to 310; 47 U.S.C. 336; 47 U.S.C. 534 and 535

Abstract: Diversity and competition are longstanding and important Commission goals. The measures proposed, as well as those adopted in this proceeding, are intended to promote diversity of ownership of media outlets. In the Report and Order and third FNPRM, measures are enacted to increase participation in the broadcasting industry by new entrants and small businesses, including minority- and women-owned businesses. In the Report and Order and fourth FNPRM, the Commission adopts improvements to its data collection in order to obtain an accurate and comprehensive assessment of minority and female broadcast ownership in the United States. The Memorandum Opinion & Order addressed petitions for Reconsideration of the rules, and also sought comment on a proposal to expand the reporting requirements to non attributable interests.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
R&O05/16/0873 FR 28361
3rd FNPRM05/16/0873 FR 28400
R&O05/27/0974 FR 25163
4th FNPRM05/27/0974 FR 25305
5th NPRM (release date)10/16/09
MO&O10/30/0974 FR 56131
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Amy Brett, Asst. Div. Chief, Industry Analysis Div., Federal Communications Commission, Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2703, Email: amy.brett@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ27

526. • Amendment of the Commission's Rules Related to Retransmission Consent; MB Docket No. 10-71

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 325; 47 U.S.C. 534

Abstract: Cable systems and other multichannel video programming distributors are not entitled to retransmit a broadcast station's signal without the station's consent. This consent is known as “retransmission consent.” Since Congress enacted the retransmission consent regime in 1992, there have been significant changes in the video programming marketplace. In this proceeding, comment is sought on a series of proposals to streamline and clarify the Commission's rules concerning or affecting retransmission consent negotiations.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM03/28/1176 FR 17071
NPRM Comment Period End05/27/11
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Diana Sokolow, Attorney, Policy Division, Federal Communications Commission, Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2120, Email: diana.sokolow@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ55

527. • Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010; MB Docket No. 11-43

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 303

Abstract: The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (“CVAA”) requires reinstatement of the video description rules adopted by the Commission in 2000. “Video description,” which is the insertion of narrated descriptions of a television program's key visual elements into natural pauses in the program's dialogue, makes video programming more accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. This proceeding was initiated to enable compliance with the CVAA.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM03/18/1176 FR 14856
NPRM Comment Period End04/18/11
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Lyle Elder, Attorney, Policy Division, Media Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2120, Email: lyle.elder@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ56

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Office of Managing Director

Long-Term Actions

528. Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 159

Abstract: Section 9 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 159, requires the FCC to recover the cost of its activities by assessing and collecting annual regulatory fees from beneficiaries of the activities.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM04/06/0671 FR 17410
R&O08/02/0671 FR 43842
NPRM05/02/0772 FR 24213
R&O08/16/0772 FR 45908
FNPRM08/16/0772 FR 46010
NPRM05/28/0873 FR 30563
R&O08/26/0873 FR 50201
FNPRM08/26/0873 FR 50285
2nd R&O05/12/0974 FR 22104
NPRM and Order06/02/0974 FR 26329
R&O08/11/0974 FR 40089
NPRM04/26/1075 FR 21536
NPRM Comment Period End05/04/10
R&O07/19/1075 FR 41932
NPRM05/26/1176 FR 30605
NPRM Comment Period End06/09/11
R&O08/10/1176 FR 4933
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Roland Helvajian, Office of the Managing Director, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0444, Email: roland.helvajian@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AI79

529. Amendment of Part 1 of the Commission's Rules, Concerning Practice and Procedure, Amendment of Cores Registration System; MD Docket No. 10-234

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 158(c)(2); 47 U.S.C. 159(c)(2); 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 5 U.S.C. 5514; 31 U.S.C. 7701(c)(1)

Abstract: This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes revisions intended to make the Commission's Registration System (CORES) more feature-friendly and improve the Commission's ability to comply with various statutes that govern debt collection and the collection of personal information by the federal government. The proposed modifications to CORES partly include: Requiring entities and individuals to rely primarily upon a single FRN that may, at their discretion, be linked to subsidiary or associated accounts; allowing entities to identify multiple points of contact; eliminating some of our exceptions to the requirement that entities and individuals provide their Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) at the time of registration; requiring FRN holders to provide their email addresses; modifying CORES log-in procedures; adding attention flags and automated notices that would inform FRN holders of their financial standing before the Commission; and adding data fields to enable FRN holders to indicate their tax-exempt status and notify the Commission of pending bankruptcy proceedings.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM02/01/1176 FR 5652
NPRM Comment Period End03/03/11
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Warren Firschein, Attorney, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0844, Email: warren.firschein@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ54

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau

Long-Term Actions

530. Revision of the Rules to Ensure Compatibility With Enhanced 911 Emergency Calling Systems

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 134(i); 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 U.S.C. 208; 47 U.S.C. 215; 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 309

Abstract: In a series of orders in several related proceedings issued since 1996, the Federal Communications Commission has taken action to improve the quality and reliability of 911 emergency services for wireless phone users. Rules have been adopted governing the availability of basic 911 services and the implementation of enhanced 911 (E911) for wireless services.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
FNPRM08/02/9661 FR 40374
R&O08/02/9661 FR 40348
MO&O01/16/9863 FR 2631
Second R&O06/28/9964 FR 34564
Third R&O11/04/9964 FR 60126
Second MO&O12/29/9964 FR 72951
Fourth MO&O10/02/0065 FR 58657
FNPRM06/13/0166 FR 31878
Order11/02/0166 FR 55618
R&O05/23/0267 FR 36112
Public Notice07/17/0267 FR 46909
Order to Stay07/26/02
Order on Recon01/22/0368 FR 2914
FNPRM01/23/0368 FR 3214
R&O, Second FNPRM02/11/0469 FR 6578
Second R&O09/07/0469 FR 54037
NPRM06/20/0772 FR 33948
NPRM Comment Period End09/18/07
R&O02/14/0873 FR 8617
Public Notice09/25/0873 FR 55473
Comment Period End10/18/08
Public Notice11/18/0974 FR 59539
Comment Period End12/04/09
FNPRM, NOI11/02/1075 FR 67321
Second R&O11/18/1075 FR 70604
Order, Comment Period Extension01/07/1176 FR 1126
Comment Period End02/18/11
Second FNPRM08/04/1176 FR 47114
NPRM08/04/1176 FR 47114
NPRM Comment Period End11/02/11
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Tom Beers, Chief, Policy Division, Federal Communications Commission, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0952, Email: tom.beers@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AG34

531. Enhanced 911 Services for Wireline

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 U.S.C. 222; 47 U.S.C. 251

Abstract: The rules generally will assist State governments in drafting legislation that will ensure that multi-line telephone systems are compatible with the enhanced 911 network.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM10/11/9459 FR 54878
FNPRM01/23/0368 FR 3214
Second FNPRM02/11/0469 FR 6595
R&O02/11/0469 FR 6578
Public Notice01/13/0570 FR 2405
Comment Period End03/29/05
NOI01/13/1176 FR 2297
NOI Comment Period End03/14/11
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Tom Beers, Chief, Policy Division, Federal Communications Commission, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0952, Email: tom.beers@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AG60

532. In the Matter of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 229; 47 U.S.C. 1001 to 1008

Abstract: All of the decisions in this proceeding thus far are aimed at implementation of provisions of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM10/10/9762 FR 63302
Order01/13/9863 FR 1943
FNPRM11/16/9863 FR 63639
R&O01/29/9964 FR 51462
Order03/29/9964 FR 14834
Second R&O09/23/9964 FR 51462
Third R&O09/24/9964 FR 51710
Order on Recon09/28/9964 FR 52244
Policy Statement10/12/9964 FR 55164
Second Order on Recon05/04/0166 FR 22446
Order10/05/0166 FR 50841
Order on Remand05/02/0267 FR 21999
NPRM09/23/0469 FR 56976
First R&O10/13/0570 FR 59704
Second R&O07/05/0671 FR 38091
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Tom Beers, Chief, Policy Division, Federal Communications Commission, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0952, Email: tom.beers@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AG74

533. Development of Operational, Technical, and Spectrum Requirements for Public Safety Communications Requirements

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 160; 47 U.S.C. 201 and 202; 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 337(a); 47 U.S.C. 403

Abstract: This item takes steps toward developing a flexible regulatory framework to meet vital current and future public safety communications needs.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM10/09/9762 FR 60199
Second NPRM11/07/9762 FR 60199
First R&O11/02/9863 FR 58645
Third NPRM11/02/9863 FR 58685
MO&O11/04/9964 FR 60123
Second R&O08/08/0065 FR 48393
Fourth NPRM08/25/0065 FR 51788
Second MO&O09/05/0065 FR 53641
Third MO&O11/07/0065 FR 66644
Third R&O11/07/0065 FR 66644
Fifth NPRM02/16/0166 FR 10660
Fourth R&O02/16/0166 FR 10632
MO&O09/27/0267 FR 61002
NPRM11/08/0267 FR 68079
R&O12/13/0267 FR 76697
NPRM04/27/0570 FR 21726
R&O04/27/0570 FR 21671
NPRM04/07/0671 FR 17786
NPRM09/21/0671 FR 55149
Ninth NPRM01/10/0772 FR 1201
Ninth NPRM Comment Period End02/26/07
R&O and FNPRM05/02/0772 FR 24238
R&O and FNPRM Comment Period End05/23/07
Second R&O08/24/0772 FR 48814
Second FNPRM05/21/0873 FR 29582
Third FNPRM10/03/0873 FR 57750
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Jeff Cohen, Senior Legal Counsel, Federal Communications Commission, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0799, Email: jeff.cohen@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AG85

534. Implementation of 911 ACT

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 154(j); 47 U.S.C. 157; 47 U.S.C. 160; 47 U.S.C. 202; 47 U.S.C. 208; 47 U.S.C. 210; 47 U.S.C. 214; 47 U.S.C. 251(e); 47 U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 308 to 309(j); 47 U.S.C. 310

Abstract: This proceeding is separate from the Commission's proceeding on Enhanced 911 Emergency Systems (E911) in that it is intended to implement provisions of the Wireless Communications and Public Safety Act of 1999 through the promotion of public safety by the deployment of a seamless, nationwide emergency communications infrastructure that includes wireless communications services. More specifically, a chief goal of the proceeding is to ensure that all emergency calls are routed to the appropriate local emergency authority to provide assistance. The E911 proceeding goes a step further and is aimed at improving the effectiveness and reliability of wireless 911 dispatchers with additional information on wireless 911 calls.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Fourth R&O, Third NPRM, and NPRM09/19/0065 FR 56752
Fifth R&O, First R&O, and MO&O01/14/0267 FR 1643
Final Rule01/25/0267 FR 3621
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: David H. Siehl, Attorney, Federal Communications Commission, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1313, Fax: 202 418-2816, Email: david.siehl@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AH90

535. Commission Rules Concerning Disruptions to Communications

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 U.S.C. 615a-1

Abstract: The Report and Order extended the Commission's disruption reporting requirements to communications providers who are not wireline carriers. The Commission also streamlined compliance with the reporting requirements through electronic filing with a “fill in the blank” template and by simplifying the application of that rule. In addition, the Commission delegated authority to the Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, to make the revisions to the filing system and template necessary to improve the efficiency of reporting and to reduce, where reasonably possible, the time for providers to prepare, and for the Commission staff to review, the communications disruption reports required to be filed. Such authority was subsequently delegated to the Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. These actions will allow the Commission to obtain the necessary information regarding service disruptions in an efficient and expeditious manner and to achieve significant concomitant public interest benefits.

The Commission received nine petitions for reconsideration in this proceeding, which are pending.

The Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) expands the record in the proceeding to focus specifically on the unique communications needs of airports, including wireless and satellite communications. In this regard, the Commission requested comment on the additional types of airport communications (e.g., wireless, satellite) that should be required to file service disruption reports—particularly from a homeland security and defense perspective. These types of airport communications may include, for example, communications that are provided by ARINC as well as commercial communications (e.g., air-to-ground and ground-to-air telephone communications) as well as intra-airline commercial links. The Commission also requested comment on whether the outage-reporting requirements for special facilities should be extended to cover general aviation airports (GA) and, if so, what the applicable threshold criteria should be.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM03/26/0469 FR 15761
FNPRM11/26/0469 FR 68859
R&O12/03/0469 FR 70316
Announcement of Effective Date and Partial Stay12/30/0469 FR 78338
Petition for Recon02/15/0570 FR 7737
Amendment of Delegated Authority02/21/0873 FR 9462
Public Notice08/02/10
NPRM05/13/1176 FR 33686
NPRM Comment Period End08/08/11
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Lisa Fowlkes, Deputy Bureau Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7452, Email: lisa.fowlkes@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AI22

536. E911 Requirements For IP-Enabled Service Providers

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 154(j); 47 U.S.C. 251(e); 47 U.S.C. 303(r)

Abstract: The notice seeks comment on what additional steps the Commission should take to ensure that providers of voice-over Internet protocol services that interconnect with the public switched telephone network provide ubiquitous and reliable enhanced 911 service.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM06/29/0570 FR 37307
NPRM Comment Period End09/12/05
NPRM06/20/0772 FR 33948
NPRM Comment Period End09/18/07
FNPRM, NOI11/02/1075 FR 67321
Order, Extension of Comment Period01/07/1176 FR 1126
Comment Period End02/18/11
Second NPRM08/04/1176 FR 47114
Second NPRM Comment Period End11/02/11
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Tom Beers, Chief, Policy Division, Federal Communications Commission, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0952, Email: tom.beers@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AI62

537. Stolen Vehicle Recovery System (SVRS)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 and 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 301 to 303

Abstract: The Report and Order amends 47 CFR 90.20(e)(6) governing stolen vehicle recovery system operations at 173.075 MHz, by increasing the radiated power limit for narrowband base stations; increasing the power output limit for narrowband base stations; increasing the power output limit for narrowband mobile transceivers; modifying the base station duty cycle; increasing the tracking duty cycle for mobile transceivers; and retaining the requirement for TV channel 7 interference studies and that such studies must be served on TV channel 7 stations.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM08/23/0671 FR 49401
NPRM Comment Period End10/10/06
R&O10/14/0873 FR 60631
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Zenji Nakazawa, Assoc. Chief, Policy Division, Federal Communications Commission, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7949, Email: zenji.nakazaw@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ01

538. Commercial Mobile Alert System

Legal Authority: Pub. L. 109-347 title VI; EO 13407; 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i)

Abstract: In the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the Commission initiated a comprehensive rulemaking to establish a commercial mobile alert system under which commercial mobile service providers may elect to transmit emergency alerts to the public. The Commission has issued three orders adopting CMAS rules as required by statute. Issues raised in an FNPRM regarding testing requirements for non-commercial educational and public broadcast television stations remain outstanding.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM01/03/0873 FR 545
NPRM Comment Period End02/04/08
First R&O07/24/0873 FR 43009
Second R&O08/14/0873 FR 47550
FNPRM08/14/0873 FR 47568
FNPRM Comment Period End09/15/08
Third R&O09/22/0873 FR 54511
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Lisa Fowlkes, Deputy Bureau Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7452, Email: lisa.fowlkes@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ03

539. Emergency Alert System

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 and 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 154(o); 47 U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 393(r) and 303(v); 47 U.S.C. 307 and 309; 47 U.S.C. 335 and 403; 47 U.S.C. 544(g); 47 U.S.C. 606 and 615

Abstract: This revision of 47 CFR part 11 provides for national-level testing of the Emergency Alert System.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM01/12/1075 FR 4760
NPRM Comment Period End03/30/10
3rd R&O02/03/1176 FR 12600
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Eric Ehrenreich, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1726, Email: eric.ehrenreich@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ33

540. Wireless E911 Location Accuracy Requirements; PS Docket No. 07-114

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 332

Abstract: Related to the proceedings in which the FCC has previously acted to improve the quality of all emergency services, this action requires wireless carriers to take steps to provide more specific automatic location information in connection with 911 emergency calls to Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) in areas where wireless carriers have not done so in the past. Wireless licensees must now satisfy amended Enhanced 911 location accuracy standards at either a county-based or a PSAP-based geographic level.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM06/20/0772 FR 33948
NPRM Comment Period End07/11/07
R&O02/14/0873 FR 8617
Public Notice09/25/0873 FR 55473
Comment Period End10/14/08
Public Notice11/18/0974 FR 59539
Comment Period End12/04/09
2nd R&O11/18/1075 FR 70604
Second NPRM08/04/1176 FR 47114
Second NPRM Comment Period End11/02/11
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Tom Beers, Chief, Policy Division, Federal Communications Commission, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0952, Email: tom.beers@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ52

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Wireless Telecommunications Bureau

Long-Term Actions

541. Amendment of Parts 13 and 80 of the Commission's Rules Governing Maritime Communications

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 302 to 303

Abstract: This matter concerns the amendment of the rules governing maritime communications in order to consolidate, revise and streamline the regulations as well as address new international requirements and improve the operational ability of all users of marine radios.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM03/24/0065 FR 21694
NPRM08/17/0065 FR 50173
NPRM05/17/0267 FR 35086
Report & Order08/07/0368 FR 46957
Second R&O, Sixth R&O, Second FNPRM04/06/0469 FR 18007
Comments Due06/07/04
Reply Comments Due07/06/04
Second R&O and Sixth R&O11/08/0469 FR 64664
NPRM11/08/0671 FR 65447
Final Action01/25/0873 FR 4475
Petition for Reconsideration03/18/0873 FR 14486
4th R&O [Release Date]06/10/10
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Jeff Tobias, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0680, Email: jeff.tobias@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AH55

542. Reexamination of Roaming Obligations of Commercial Mobile Radio Service Providers

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 152(n); 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 154(j); 47 U.S.C. 201(b); 47 U.S.C. 251(a); 47 U.S.C. 253; 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 U.S.C. 332(c)(1)(B); 47 U.S.C. 309

Abstract: This rulemaking considers whether the Commission should adopt an automatic roaming rule for voice services for Commercial Mobile Radio Services and whether the Commission should adopt a roaming rule for mobile data services.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM11/21/0065 FR 69891
NPRM09/28/0570 FR 56612
NPRM01/19/0671 FR 3029
FNPRM08/30/0772 FR 50085
Final Rule08/30/0772 FR 50064
Final Rule04/28/1075 FR 22263
FNPRM04/28/1075 FR 22338
2nd R&O05/06/1176 FR 26199
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Peter Trachtenberg, Assoc. Div. Chief SCPD, WTB, Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7369, Email: peter.trachtenberg@fcc.gov.

Christina Clearwater, Asst. Div. Chief, SCPD, WTB, Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1893, Email: christina.clearwater@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AH83

543. Review of Part 87 of the Commission's Rules Concerning Aviation (WT Docket No. 01-289)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 307(e)

Abstract: This proceeding is intended to streamline, consolidate and revise our part 87 rules governing the Aviation Radio Service. The rule changes are designed to ensure these rules reflect current technological advances.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM10/16/0166 FR 64785
NPRM Comment Period End03/14/02
R&O and FNPRM10/16/03
FNPRM04/12/0469 FR 19140
FNPRM Comment Period End07/12/04
R&O06/14/0469 FR 32577
NPRM12/06/0671 FR 70710
NPRM Comment Period End03/06/07
Final Rule12/06/0671 FR 70671
3rd R&O03/29/1176 FR 17347
Stay Order03/29/1176 FR 17353
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Jeff Tobias, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0680, Email: jeff.tobias@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AI35

544. Implementation of the Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act (CSEA) and Modernization of the Commission's Competitive Bidding Rules and Procedures (WT Docket No. 05-211)

Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 79; 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and (j); 47 U.S.C. 155; 47 U.S.C. 155(c); 47 U.S.C. 157; 47 U.S.C. 225; 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 U.S.C. 307; 47 U.S.C. 309; 47 U.S.C. 309(j); 47 U.S.C. 325(e); 47 U.S.C. 334; 47 U.S.C. 336; 47 U.S.C. 339; 47 U.S.C. 554

Abstract: This proceeding implements rules and procedures needed to comply with the recently enacted Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act (CSEA). It establishes a mechanism for reimbursing federal agencies out of spectrum auction proceeds for the cost of relocating their operations from certain “eligible frequencies” that have been reallocated from Federal to non-Federal use. It also seeks to improve the Commission's ability to achieve Congress's directives with regard to designated entities and to ensure that, in accordance with the intent of Congress, every recipient of its designated entity benefits is an entity that uses its licenses to directly provide facilities-based telecommunications services for the benefit of the public.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM06/14/0570 FR 43372
NPRM Comment Period End08/26/05
Declaratory Ruling06/14/0570 FR 43322
R&O01/24/0671 FR 6214
FNPRM02/03/0671 FR 6992
FNPRM Comment Period End02/24/06
Second R&O04/25/0671 FR 26245
Order on Recon of Second R&O06/02/0671 FR 34272
NPRM06/21/0671 FR 35594
NPRM Comment Period End08/21/06
Reply Comment Period End09/19/06
Second Order and Recon of Second R&O04/04/0873 FR 18528
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Kelly Quinn, Assistant Chief, Auctions and Spectrum Access Division, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7384, Email: kelly.quinn@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AI88

545. Facilitating the Provision of Fixed and Mobile Broadband Access, Educational and Other Advanced Services in the 2150-2162 and 2500-2690 MHz Bands

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 301 to 303; 47 U.S.C. 307; 47 U.S.C. 309; 47 U.S.C. 332; 47 U.S.C. 336 and 337

Abstract: The Commission seeks comment on whether to assign Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum in the Gulf of Mexico. It also seeks comment on how to license unassigned and available EBS spectrum. Specifically, we seek comment on whether it would be in the public interest to develop a scheme for licensing unassigned EBS spectrum that avoids mutual exclusivity; we ask whether EBS eligible entities could participate fully in a spectrum auction; we seek comment on the use of small business size standards and bidding credits for EBS if we adopt a licensing scheme that could result in mutually exclusive applications; we seek comment on the proper market size and size of spectrum blocks for new EBS licenses; and we seek comment on issuing one license to a State agency designated by the Governor to be the spectrum manager, using frequency coordinators to avoid mutually exclusive EBS applications, as well as other alternative licensing schemes. The Commission must develop a new licensing scheme for EBS in order to achieve the Commission's goal of facilitating the development of new and innovative wireless services for the benefit of students throughout the nation.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM04/02/0368 FR 34560
NPRM Comment Period End09/08/03
FNPRM07/29/0469 FR 72048
FNPRM Comment Period End01/10/03
R&O07/29/0469 FR 72020
MO&O04/27/0671 FR 35178
FNPRM03/20/0873 FR 26067
FNPRM Comment Period End07/07/08
MO&O03/20/0873 FR 26032
MO&O09/28/0974 FR 49335
FNPRM09/28/0974 FR 49356
FNPRM Comment Period End10/13/09
R&O06/03/1075 FR 33729
FNPRM05/27/1176 FR 32901
FNPRM Comment Period End07/22/11
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: John Schauble, Deputy Chief, Broadband Division, WTB, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0797, Email: john.schauble@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ12

546. Amendment of the Rules Regarding Maritime Automatic Identification Systems (WT Docket No. 04-344)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 302(a); 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 306; 47 U.S.C. 307(e); 47 U.S.C. 332; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 161

Abstract: This action adopts additional measures for domestic implementation of Automatic Identification Systems (AIS), an advanced marine vessel tracking and navigation technology that can significantly enhance our nation's homeland security as well as maritime safety.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Final Rule01/29/0974 FR 5117
Final Rule Effective03/02/09
Petition for Recon04/03/0974 FR 15271
Final Rule05/26/1176 FR 33653
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Jeff Tobias, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0680, Email: jeff.tobias@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ16

547. Service Rules for Advanced Wireless Services in the 2155-2175 MHz Band

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 and 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 157; 47 U.S.C. 160; 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 U.S.C. 214; 47 U.S.C. 301

Abstract: This proceeding explores the possible uses of the 2155-2175 MHz frequency band (AWS-3) to support the introduction of new advanced wireless services, including third generations as well as future generations of wireless systems. Advanced wireless systems could provide for a wide range of voice data and broadband services over a variety of mobile and fixed networks.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) sought comment on what service rules should be adopted in the AWS-3 band. We requested comment on rules for licensing this spectrum in a manner that will permit it to be fully and promptly utilized to bring advanced wireless services to American consumers. Our objective is to allow for the most effective and efficient use of the spectrum in this band, while also encouraging development of robust wireless broadband services. We proposed to apply our flexible, market-oriented rules to the band in order to meet this objective.

Thereafter, the Commission released a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM), seeking comment on the Commission's proposed AWS-3 rules, which include adding 5 megahertz of spectrum (2175-80 MHz) to the AWS-3 band, and requiring licensees of that spectrum to provide—using up to 25 percent of its wireless network capacity—free, two-way broadband Internet service at engineered data rates of at least 768 kbps downstream.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM11/14/0772 FR 64013
NPRM Comment Period End01/14/08
FNPRM06/25/0873 FR 35995
FNPRM Comment Period End08/11/08
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Peter Daronco, Associate Div. Chief, Broadband Div., Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7235, Email: peter.daronco@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ19

548. Service Rules for Advanced Wireless Services in the 1915 to 1920 MHz, 1995 to 2000 MHz, 2020 to 2025 MHz, and 2175 to 2180 MHz Bands

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 and 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 157; 47 U.S.C. 160; 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 U.S.C. 214; 47 U.S.C. 301; * * *

Abstract: This proceeding explores the possible uses of the 1915-1920 MHz, 1995-2000 MHz, 2020-2025 MHz, and 2175-2180 MHz Bands (collectively AWS-2) to support the introduction of new advanced wireless services, including third generations as well as future generations of wireless systems. Advanced wireless systems could provide for a wide range of voice data and broadband services over a variety of mobile and fixed networks.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) sought comment on what service rules should be adopted in the AWS-2 band. We requested comment on rules for licensing this spectrum in a manner that will permit it to be fully and promptly utilized to bring advanced wireless services to American consumers. Our objective is to allow for the most effective and efficient use of the spectrum in this band, while also encouraging development of robust wireless broadband services.

Thereafter, the Commission released a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM), seeking comment on the Commission's proposed rules for the 1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000 MHz bands. In addition, the Commission proposed to add 5 megahertz of spectrum (2175-80 MHz band) to the 2155-2175 MHz band, and would require the licensee of the 2155-2180 MHz band to provide—using up to 25 percent of its wireless network capacity—free, two-way broadband Internet service at engineered data rates of at least 768 kbps downstream.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM11/02/0469 FR 63489
NPRM Comment Period End01/24/05
FNPRM06/25/0873 FR 35995
FNPRM Comment Period End08/11/08
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Peter Daronco, Associate Div. Chief, Broadband Div., Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7235, Email: peter.daronco@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ20

549. Rules Authorizing the Operation of Low Power Auxiliary Stations in the 698-806 MHz Band, WT Docket No. 08-166; Public Interest Spectrum Coalition, Petition for Rulemaking Regarding Low Power Auxiliary

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 and 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 154(j); 47 U.S.C. 301 and 302(a); 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 U.S.C. 304; 47 U.S.C. 307 to 309; 47 U.S.C. 316; 47 U.S.C. 332; 47 U.S.C. 336 and 337

Abstract: In the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order, to facilitate the DTV transition the Commission tentatively concludes to amend its rules to make clear that the operation of low power auxiliary stations within the 700 MHz Band will no longer be permitted after the end of the DTV transition. The Commission also tentatively concludes to prohibit the manufacture, import, sale, offer for sale, or shipment of devices that operate as low power auxiliary stations in the 700 MHz Band. In addition, for those licensees that have obtained authorizations to operate low power auxiliary stations in spectrum that includes the 700 MHz Band beyond the end of the DTV transition, the Commission tentatively concludes that it will modify these licenses so as not to permit such operations in the 700 MHz Band after February 17, 2009. The Commission also seeks comment on issues raised by the Public Interest Spectrum Coalition (PISC) in its informal complaint and petition for rulemaking.

The Commission also imposes a freeze on the filing of new license applications that seek to operate on any 700 MHz Band frequencies (698-806 MHz) after the end of the DTV transition, February 17, 2009, as well as on granting any request for equipment authorization of low power auxiliary station devices that would operate in any of the 700 MHz Band frequencies. The Commission also holds in abeyance, until the conclusion of this proceeding, any pending license applications and equipment authorization requests that involve operation of low power auxiliary devices on frequencies in the 700 MHz Band after the end of the DTV transition.

On January 15, 2010, the Commission released a Report and Order that prohibits the distribution and sale of wireless microphones that operate in the 700 MHz Band (698-806 MHz, channels 52-69) and includes a number of provisions to clear these devices from that band. These actions help complete an important part of the DTV transition by clearing the 700 MHz Band to enable the rollout of communications services for public safety and the deployment of next generation wireless devices.

On January 15, 2010, the Commission also released a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on the operation of low power auxiliary stations, including wireless microphones, in the core TV bands (channels 2-51, excluding channel 37). Among the issues the Commission is considering in the Further Notice are revisions to its rules to expand eligibility for licenses to operate wireless microphones under part 74; the operation of wireless microphones on an unlicensed basis in the core TV bands under part 15; technical rules to apply to low power wireless audio devices, including wireless microphones, operating in the core TV bands on an unlicensed basis under part 15 of the rules; and long term solutions to address the operation of wireless microphones and the efficient use of the core TV spectrum.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM09/03/0873 FR 51406
NPRM Comment Period End10/20/08
R&O01/22/1075 FR 3622
FNPRM01/22/1075 FR 3682
FNPRM Comment Period End03/22/10
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: G. William Stafford, Attorney, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0563, Fax: 202 418-3956, Email: bill.stafford@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ21

550. Amendment of the Commission's Rules To Improve Public Safety Communications in the 800 MHz Band, and To Consolidate the 800 MHz and 900 MHz Business and Industrial/Land Transportation Pool Channels

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 309; 47 U.S.C. 332

Abstract: This action adopts rules that retain the current site-based licensing paradigm for the 900 MHz B/ILT “white space”; adopts interference protection rules applicable to all licensees operating in the 900 MHz B/ILT spectrum; and lifts, on a rolling basis, the freeze placed on applications for new 900 MHz B/ILT licenses in September 2004—the lift being tied to the completion of rebanding in each 800 MHz National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) region.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM03/18/0570 FR 13143
NPRM Comment Period End06/12/0570 FR 23080
Final Rule12/16/0873 FR 67794
Petition for Recon03/12/0974 FR 10739
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Michael Connelly, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0132, Email: michael.connelly@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ22

551. Amendment of Part 101 To Accommodate 30 MHz Channels in the 6525-6875 MHz Band and Provide Conditional Authorization on Channels in the 21.8-22.0 and 23.0-23.2 GHz Band (WT Docket No. 04-114)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 and 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 157; 47 U.S.C. 160; 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 U.S.C. 214; 47 U.S.C. 301 to 303; 47 U.S.C. 307 to 310; 47 U.S.C. 319; 47 U.S.C. 324; 47 U.S.C. 332 and 333

Abstract: The Commission seeks comments on modifying its rules to authorize channels with bandwidths of as much as 30 MHz in the 6525-6875 MHz band. We also propose to allow conditional authorization on additional channels in the 21.8-22.0 and 23.0-23.2 GHz bands.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM06/29/0974 FR 36134
NPRM Comment Period End07/22/09
R&O06/11/1075 FR 41767
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: John Schauble, Deputy Chief, Broadband Division, WTB, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0797, Email: john.schauble@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ28

552. In the Matter of Service Rules for the 698 to 746, 747 to 762 and 777 to 792 MHz Bands

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 U.S.C. 309

Abstract: This is one of several docketed proceedings involved in the establishment of rules governing wireless licenses in the 698-806 MHz Band (the 700 MHz Band). This spectrum is being vacated by television broadcasters in TV Channels 52-69. It is being made available for wireless services, including public safety and commercial services, as a result of the digital television (DTV) transition. This docket has to do with service rules for the commercial services, and is known as the 700 MHz Commercial Services proceeding.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM08/03/0671 FR 48506
NPRM09/20/06
FNPRM05/02/0772 FR 24238
FNPRM Comment Period End05/23/07
R&O07/31/0772 FR 48814
Order on Recon09/24/0772 FR 56015
Second FNPRM05/14/0873 FR 29582
Second FNPRM Comment Period End06/20/08
Third FNPRM09/05/0873 FR 57750
Third FNPRM Comment Period End11/03/08
Second R&O02/20/0974 FR 8868
Final Rule03/04/0974 FR 8868
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Paul D'Ari, Spectrum and Competition Policy Division, Wireless Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1550, Fax: 202 418-7447, Email: paul.dari@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ35

553. National Environmental Act Compliance for Proposed Tower Registrations; in the Matter of Effects on Migratory Birds

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 303(q); 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 U.S.C. 309(g); 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.

Abstract: On April 14, 2009, American Bird Conservancy, Defenders of Wildlife, and National Audubon Society filed a Petition for Expedited Rulemaking and Other Relief. The petitioners request that the Commission adopt on an expedited basis a variety of new rules, which they assert are necessary to comply with environmental statutes and their implementing regulations. This proceeding addresses the Petition for Expedited Rulemaking and Other Relief.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM11/22/0671 FR 67510
NPRM Comment Period End02/20/07
New NPRM Comment Period End05/23/07
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Jeff Steinberg, Deputy Chief, Spectrum and Competition Div, WTB, Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0896.

RIN: 3060-AJ36

554. Amendment of Part 90 of the Commission's Rules

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 303

Abstract: This proceeding considers rule changes impacting miscellaneous part 90 Private Land Mobile Radio rules.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM06/13/0772 FR 32582
FNPRM04/14/1075 FR 19340
Order on Recon (Release Date)06/07/10
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Rodney P Conway, Engineer, Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2904, Fax: 202 418-1944, Email: rodney.conway@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ37

555. Amendment of Part 101 of the Commission's Rules for Microwave Use and Broadcast Auxiliary Service Flexibility

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 and 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 157; 47 U.S.C. 160 and 201; 47 U.S.C. 214; 47 U.S.C. 301 to 303; 47 U.S.C. 307 to 310; 47 U.S.C. 319 and 324; 47 U.S.C. 332 and 333

Abstract: In this document, the Commission commences a proceeding to remove regulatory barriers to the use of spectrum for wireless backhaul and other point-to-point and point-to-multipoint communications.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM08/05/1075 FR 52185
NPRM Comment Period End11/22/10
R&O09/27/1176 FR 59559
FNPRM09/27/1176 FR 59614
FNPRM Comment Period End10/25/11
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: John Schauble, Deputy Chief, Broadband Division, WTB, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0797, Email: john.schauble@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ47

556. 2004 and 2006 Biennial Regulatory Reviews—Streamlining and Other Revisions of the Commission's Rules Governing Construction, Marking, and Lighting of Antenna Structures

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i)-(j) and 161; 47 U.S.C. 303(q)

Abstract: In this NPRM, in WT Docket No. 10-88, the Commission seeks comment on revisions to part 17 of the Commission's rules governing construction, marking, and lighting of antenna structures. The Commission initiated this proceeding to update and modernize the part 17 rules. These proposed revisions are intended to improve compliance with these rules and allow the Commission to enforce them more effectively, helping to better ensure the safety of pilots and aircraft passengers nationwide. The proposed revisions would also remove outdated and burdensome requirements without compromising the Commission's statutory responsibility to prevent antenna structures from being hazards or menaces to air navigation.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM05/21/1075 FR 28517
NPRM Comment Period End07/20/10
NPRM Reply Comment Period End08/19/10
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: John Borkowski, Attorney-Advisor, Federal Communications Commission, 2025 M Street NW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 634-2443.

RIN: 3060-AJ50

557. Universal Service Reform Mobility Fund (WT Docket No. 10-208)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 155; 47 U.S.C. 160; 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 U.S.C. 205; 47 U.S.C. 225; 47 U.S.C. 254; 47 U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 303(c); 47 U.S.C. 303(f); 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 U.S.C. 303(y); 47 U.S.C. 309; 47 U.S.C. 310

Abstract: This proceeding proposes the creation of the Mobility Fund to provide an initial infusion of funds toward solving persistent gaps in mobile services through targeted, one-time support for the build-out of current-and next-generation wireless infrastructure in areas where these services are unavailable.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM10/14/1075 FR 67060
NPRM Comment Period End01/18/11
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Scott Mackoul, Attorney-Advisor, Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0660.

RIN: 3060-AJ58

558. Fixed and Mobile Services in the Mobile Satellite Service Bands at 1525-1559 MHz and 1626.5-1660.5 MHz, 1610-1626.5 MHz and 2483.5-2500 MHz, and 2000-2020 MHz and 2180-2200 MHz

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 and 154; 47 U.S.C. 303 and 310

Abstract: The Commission proposes steps to make additional spectrum available for new investment in mobile broadband networks while ensuring that the United States maintains robust mobile satellite service capabilities. Mobile broadband is emerging as one of America's most dynamic innovation and economic platforms. Yet tremendous demand growth will soon test the limits of spectrum availability. 90 megahertz of spectrum allocated to the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS)—in the 2 GHz band, Big LEO band, and L-band—are potentially available for terrestrial mobile broadband use. The Commission seeks to remove regulatory barriers to terrestrial use, and to promote additional investments, such as those recently made possible by a transaction between Harbinger Capital Partners and SkyTerra Communications, while retaining sufficient market-wide MSS capability. The Commission proposes to add co-primary Fixed and Mobile allocations to the 2 GHz band, consistent with the International Table of Allocations. This allocation modification is a precondition for more flexible licensing of terrestrial services within the band. Second, the Commission proposes to apply the Commission's secondary market policies and rules applicable to terrestrial services to all transactions involving the use of MSS bands for terrestrial services in order to create greater predictability and regulatory parity with bands licensed for terrestrial mobile broadband service. The Commission also requests comment on further steps we can take to increase the value, utilization, innovation, and investment in MSS spectrum generally.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM07/15/1075 FR 49871
NPRM Comment Period End09/30/10
R&O04/06/1176 FR 31252
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Jeremy Marcus, Asst. Division Chief, Broadband Div., Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1530, Fax: 202 418-1567, Email: jeremy.marcus@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ59

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Wireline Competition Bureau

Long-Term Actions

559. Implementation of the Universal Service Portions of the 1996 Telecommunications Act

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 et seq.

Abstract: The goals of Universal Service, as mandated by the 1996 Act, are to promote the availability of quality services at just, reasonable, and affordable rates; increase access to advanced telecommunications services throughout the Nation; advance the availability of such services to all consumers, including those in low income, rural, insular, and high cost areas at rates that are reasonably comparable to those charged in urban areas. In addition, the 1996 Act states that all providers of telecommunications services should contribute to Federal universal service in some equitable and nondiscriminatory manner; there should be specific, predictable, and sufficient Federal and State mechanisms to preserve and advance universal service; all schools, classrooms, health care providers, and libraries should, generally, have access to advanced telecommunications services; and finally, that the Federal-State Joint Board and the Commission should determine those other principles that, consistent with the 1996 Act, are necessary to protect the public interest. More recently, modernization efforts for continuous improvements to the universal service programs are being realized consistent and in keeping with the goals envisioned by the National Broadband Plan.

On February 19, 2010, the Commission released an Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that enabled schools that receive funding from the E-rate program to allow members of the general public to use the schools' Internet access during non-operating hours through funding year 2010 (July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2010) and sought comment on revising its rules to make this change permanent.

On March 18, 2010, the Commission issued a Report & Order and Memorandum Opinion & Order. In this order, the Commission addressed an inequitable asymmetry in the Commission's current rules governing the receipt of universal service high-cost local switching support (LSS) by small incumbent local exchange carriers (LECs). By modifying the Commission's rules to permit incumbent LECs that lose lines to receive additional LSS when they cross a threshold, the order provides LSS to all small LECs on the same basis. Nothing in the order is intended to address the long-term role of LSS in the Commission's high-cost universal service policies, which the Commission is considering as part of comprehensive universal service reform. April 16, 2010, the Commission issued an Order and NPRM addressing high-cost universal service support for non-rural carriers serving insular areas. In the NPRM, the Commission sought comment on amending its rules to provide additional low-income support in Puerto Rico.

On April 21, 2010, the Commission issued a Notice of Inquiry and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the first in a series of proceedings to kick off universal service support reform that is key to making broadband service available for millions of Americans who lack access. This NOI and NPRM sought comment on first steps to reform the distribution of universal service high-cost support.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Recommended Decision Federal-State Joint Board, Universal Service11/08/9661 FR 63778
First R&O05/08/9762 FR 32862
Second R&O05/08/9762 FR 32862
Order on Recon07/10/9762 FR 40742
R&O and Second Order on Recon07/18/9762 FR 41294
Second R&O, and FNPRM08/15/9762 FR 47404
Third R&O10/14/9762 FR 56118
Second Order on Recon11/26/9762 FR 65036
Fourth Order on Recon12/30/9762 FR 2093
Fifth Order on Recon06/22/9863 FR 43088
Fifth R&O10/28/9863 FR 63993
Eighth Order on Recon11/21/98
Second Recommended Decision11/25/9863 FR 67837
Thirteenth Order on Recon06/09/9964 FR 30917
FNPRM06/14/9964 FR 31780
FNPRM09/30/9964 FR 52738
Fourteenth Order on Recon11/16/9964 FR 62120
Fifteenth Order on Recon11/30/9964 FR 66778
Tenth R&O12/01/9964 FR 67372
Ninth R&O and Eighteenth Order on Recon12/01/9964 FR 67416
Nineteenth Order on Recon12/30/9964 FR 73427
Twentieth Order on Recon05/08/0065 FR 26513
Public Notice07/18/0065 FR 44507
Twelfth R&O, MO&O and FNPRM08/04/0065 FR 47883
FNPRM and Order11/09/0065 FR 67322
FNPRM01/26/0166 FR 7867
R&O and Order on Recon03/14/0166 FR 16144
NPRM05/08/0166 FR 28718
Order05/22/0166 FR 35107
Fourteenth R&O and FNPRM05/23/0166 FR 30080
FNPRM and Order01/25/0267 FR 7327
NPRM02/15/0267 FR 9232
NPRM and Order02/15/0267 FR 10846
FNPRM and R&O02/26/0267 FR 11254
NPRM04/19/0267 FR 34653
Order and Second FNPRM12/13/0267 FR 79543
NPRM02/25/0368 FR 12020
Public Notice02/26/0368 FR 10724
Second R&O and FNPRM06/20/0368 FR 36961
Twenty-Fifth Order on Recon, R&O, Order, and FNPRM07/16/0368 FR 41996
NPRM07/17/0368 FR 42333
Order07/24/0368 FR 47453
Order08/06/0368 FR 46500
Order and Order on Recon08/19/0368 FR 49707
Order on Remand, MO&O, FNPRM10/27/0368 FR 69641
R&O, Order on Recon, FNPRM11/17/0368 FR 74492
R&O, FNPRM02/26/0469 FR 13794
R&O, FNPRM04/29/04
NPRM05/14/0469 FR 3130
NPRM06/08/0469 FR 40839
Order06/28/0469 FR 48232
Order on Recon & Fourth R&O07/30/0469 FR 55983
Fifth R&O and Order08/13/0469 FR 55097
Order08/26/0469 FR 57289
Second FNPRM09/16/0469 FR 61334
Order & Order on Recon01/10/0570 FR 10057
Sixth R&O03/14/0570 FR 19321
R&O03/17/0570 FR 29960
MO&O03/30/0570 FR 21779
NPRM & FNPRM06/14/0570 FR 41658
Order10/14/0570 FR 65850
Order10/27/05
NPRM01/11/0671 FR 1721
Report Number 274701/12/0671 FR 2042
Order02/08/0671 FR 6485
FNPRM03/15/0671 FR 13393
R&O and NPRM07/10/0671 FR 38781
Order01/01/0671 FR 6485
Order05/16/0671 FR 30298
MO&O and FNPRM05/16/0671 FR 29843
R&O06/27/0671 FR 38781
Public Notice08/11/0671 FR 50420
Order09/29/0671 FR 65517
Public Notice03/12/0772 FR 36706
Public Notice03/13/0772 FR 40816
Public Notice03/16/0772 FR 39421
Notice of Inquiry04/16/07
NPRM05/14/0772 FR 28936
Recommended Decision11/20/07
Order02/14/0873 FR 8670
NPRM03/04/0873 FR 11580
NPRM03/04/0873 FR 11591
R&O05/05/0873 FR 11837
Public Notice07/02/0873 FR 37882
NPRM08/19/0873 FR 48352
Notice of Inquiry10/14/0873 FR 60689
Order on Remand, R&O, FNPRM11/12/0873 FR 66821
R&O05/22/0974 FR 2395
Order & NPRM03/24/1075 FR 10199
R&O and MO&O04/08/1075 FR 17872
NOI and NPRM05/13/1075 FR 26906
Order and NPRM05/28/1075 FR 30024
NPRM06/09/1075 FR 32699
NPRM08/09/1075 FR 48236
NPRM09/21/1075 FR 56494
R&O12/03/1075 FR 75393
Order01/27/1176 FR 4827
NPRM03/02/1176 FR 11407
NPRM03/02/1176 FR 11632
NPRM03/23/1176 FR 16482
Order and NPRM06/27/1176 FR 37307
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Nakesha Woodward, Program Support Assistant, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1502, Email: kesha.woodward@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AF85

560. 2000 Biennial Regulatory Review—Telecommunications Service Quality Reporting Requirements

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 154(j); 47 U.S.C. 201(b); 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 U.S.C. 403

Abstract: This NPRM proposes to eliminate our current service quality reports (ARMIS Report 43-05 and 43-06) and replace them with a more consumer-oriented report. The NPRM proposes to reduce the reporting categories from more than 30 to 6, and addresses the needs of carriers, consumers, state public utility commissions, and other interested parties.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM12/04/0065 FR 75657
Order02/06/0267 FR 5670
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Jeremy Miller, Deputy Chief, Industry Analysis and Technology Div., Federal Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1507, Fax: 202 418-1413, Email: jeremy.miller@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AH72

561. Access Charge Reform and Universal Service Reform

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 154(j); 47 U.S.C. 201 to 205; 47 U.S.C. 254; 47 U.S.C. 403

Abstract: On October 11, 2001, the Commission adopted an Order reforming the interstate access charge and universal service support system for rate-of-return incumbent carriers. The Order adopts three principal reforms. First, the Order modifies the interstate access rate structure for small carriers to align it more closely with the manner in which costs are incurred. Second, the Order removes implicit support for universal service from the rate structure and replaces it with explicit, portable support. Third, the Order permits small carriers to continue to set rates based on the authorized rate of return of 11.25 percent. The Order became effective on January 1, 2002, and the support mechanism established by the Order was implemented beginning July 1, 2002.

The Commission also adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) seeking additional comment on proposals for incentive regulation, increased pricing flexibility for rate-of-return carriers, and proposed changes to the Commission's “all-or-nothing” rule. Comments on the FNPRM were due on February 14, 2002, and reply comments on March 18, 2002.

On February 12, 2004, the Commission adopted a Second Report and Order resolving several issues on which the Commission sought comment in the FNPRM. First, the Commission modified the “all-or-nothing” rule to permit rate-of-return carriers to bring recently acquired price cap lines back to rate-of-return regulation. Second, the Commission granted rate-of-return carriers the authority immediately to provide geographically deaveraged transport and special access rates, subject to certain limitations. Third, the Commission merged Long Term Support (LTS) with Interstate Common Line Support (ICLS).

The Commission also adopted a Second FNPRM seeking comment on two specific plans that propose establishing optional alternative regulation mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers. In conjunction with the consideration of those alternative regulation proposals, the Commission sought comment on modification that would permit a rate-of-return carrier to adopt an alternative regulation plan for some study areas, while retaining rate-of-return regulation for other of its study areas. Comments on the Second FNPRM were due on April 23, 2004, and May 10, 2004.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM01/25/0166 FR 7725
NPRM Comment Period End02/26/01
FNPRM11/30/0166 FR 59761
FNPRM Comment Period End12/31/01
R&O11/30/0166 FR 59719
Second FNPRM03/23/0469 FR 13794
Second FNPRM Comment Period End04/23/04
Order05/06/0469 FR 25325
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Douglas Slotten, Attorney-Advisor, Federal Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1572, Email: douglas.slotten@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AH74

562. National Exchange Carrier Association Petition

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 and 152; 47 U.S.C. 201 and 202; * * *

Abstract: In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) released on July 19, 2004, the Commission initiated a rulemaking proceeding to examine the proper number of end user common line charges (commonly referred to as subscriber line charges or SLCs) that carriers may assess upon customers that obtain derived channel T-1 service where the customer provides the terminating channelization equipment and upon customers that obtain Primary Rate Interface (PRI) Integrated Service Digital Network (ISDN) service.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM08/13/0469 FR 50141
NPRM Comment Period End11/12/04
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Douglas Slotten, Attorney-Advisor, Federal Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1572, Email: douglas.slotten@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AI47

563. IP-Enabled Services

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 and 152; * * *

Abstract: The notice seeks comment on ways in which the Commission might categorize IP-enabled services for purposes of evaluating the need for applying any particular regulatory requirements. It poses questions regarding the proper allocation of jurisdiction over each category of IP-enabled service. The notice then requests comment on whether the services comprising each category constitute “telecommunications services” or “information services” under the definitions set forth in the Act. Finally, noting the Commission's statutory forbearance authority and title I ancillary jurisdiction, the notice describes a number of central regulatory requirements (including, for example, those relating to access charges, universal service, E911, and disability accessibility), and asks which, if any, should apply to each category of IP-enabled services.

On June 16, 2005, the Commission published in the Federal Register notice that public information collections set forth in the First Report and Order were being submitted for review to the office of management and budget.

On July 27, 2005, the Commission published in the Federal Register notice that the information collection requirements adopted in the First Report and Order were approved in OMB No. 3060-1085 and would become effective on July 29, 2005.

On August 31, 2005, the Commission published in the Federal Register notice of the comment cycle for three Petitions for Reconsideration and/or Clarification of the First Report and Order.

On July 10, 2006, the Commission published in the Federal Register notice that it had adopted on June 21, 2006, rules that make interim modifications to the existing approach for assessing contributions to the Federal universal service fund (USF or Fund) in order to provide stability while the Commission continues to examine more fundamental reform.

On June 8, 2007, the Commission published in the Federal Register notice that it had adopted on April 2, 2007, an item strengthening the Commission's rules to protect the privacy of customer proprietary network information (CPNI) that is collected and held by providers of communications services, and a further notice of proposed rulemaking seeking comment on what steps the Commission should take, if any, to secure further the privacy of customer information.

On August 6, 2007, the Commission published in the Federal Register notice that it had adopted on May 31, 2007, and item extending the disability access requirements that currently apply to telecommunications service providers and equipment manufacturers under section 255 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, to providers of “interconnected voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services,” as defined by the Commission, and to manufacturers of specially designed equipment used to provide those services. In addition, the Commission extended the Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) requirements contained in its regulations to interconnected VoIP providers.

On August 7, 2007, the Commission published in the Federal Register a notice that a petition for reconsideration of the CPNI order described above had been filed.

On August 16, 2007, the Commission published in the Federal Register notice that it had adopted on August 2, 2007, an item amending the Commission's Schedule of Regulatory Fees by, inter alia, incorporating regulatory fee payment obligations for interconnected VoIP service providers, which shall become effective November 15, 2007, which is 90 days from date of notification to Congress.

On November 1, 2007, the Commission gave notice that it granted in part, denied in part, and sought comment on petitions filed by the Voice on the Net Coalition, the United States Telecom Association, and Hamilton Telephone Company seeking a stay or waiver of certain aspects of the Commission's VoIP Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) Order (72 FR 61813; 72 FR 61882).

On December 13, 2007, the Commission announced the effective date of its revised CPNI rules (72 FR 70808).

On December 6, 2007, OMB approved the public information collection pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for the Commission's CPNI rules (72 FR 72358).

On February 21, 2008, the Commission published in the Federal Register notice that the Commission adopted rules extending local number portability obligations and numbering administration support obligations to interconnected VoIP services. The Commission also explained it had responded to the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals stay of the Commission's Intermodal Number Portability Order by publishing a Final Regulatory Flexibility Act (73 FR 9463; R&O 02/21/2008).

On February 21, 2008, the Commission published in the Federal Register notice that it sought comment on other changes to its LNP and numbering related rules, including whether to extend such rules to interconnected VoIP providers (73 FR 9507).

On August 6, 2007, the Commission published in the Federal Register notice that it had extended Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) regulations to interconnected VoIP providers and extended certain disability access requirements to interconnected VoIP providers and to manufacturers of specially designed equipment used to provide such service (72 FR 43546).

On May 15, 2008, the Commission's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) published in the Federal Register notice that it had granted interconnected VoIP providers an extension of time to route 711-dialed calls to an appropriate telecommunications relay service (TRS) center in certain circumstances (73 FR 28057). On July 29, 2009, CGB published notice in the Federal Register that it was granting another extension. (74FR 37624)

On August 7, 2009, the Commission published a notice in the Federal Register that it had amended its rules so that providers of interconnected VoIP service must comply with the same discontinuance rules as domestic non-dominant telecommunications carriers. (74 FR 39551)

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM03/29/0469 FR 16193
NPRM Comment Period End07/14/04
First R&O06/03/0570 FR 37273
Public Notice06/16/0570 FR 37403
First R&O Effective07/29/0570 FR 43323
Public Notice08/31/0570 FR 51815
R&O07/10/0671 FR 38781
R&O and FNPRM06/08/0772 FR 31948
FNPRM Comment Period End07/09/0772 FR 31782
R&O08/06/0772 FR 43546
Public Notice08/07/0772 FR 44136
R&O08/16/0772 FR 45908
Public Notice11/01/0772 FR 61813
Public Notice11/01/0772 FR 61882
Public Notice12/13/0772 FR 70808
Public Notice12/20/0772 FR 72358
R&O02/21/0873 FR 9463
NPRM02/21/0873 FR 9507
Order05/15/0873 FR 28057
Order07/29/0974 FR 37624
R&O08/07/0974 FR 39551
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Tim Stelzig, Associate Chief, Competition Policy Division, Federal Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0942, Email: tim.stelzig@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AI48

564. Establishing Just and Reasonable Rates for Local Exchange Carriers (WC Docket No. 07-135)

Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined

Abstract: The Federal Communications Commission (Commission) is examining whether its existing rules governing the setting of tariffed rates by local exchange carriers (LECs) provide incentives and opportunities for carriers to increase access demand endogenously with the result that the tariff rates are no longer just and reasonable. The Commission tentatively concluded that it must revise its tariff rules so that it can be confident that tariffed rates remain just and reasonable even if a carrier experiences or induces significant increases in access demand. The Commission seeks comment on the types of activities that are causing the increases in interstate access demand and the effects of such demand increases on the cost structures of LECs. The Commission also seeks comment on several means of ensuring just and reasonable rates going forward. The NPRM invites comment on potential traffic stimulation by rate-of-return LECs, price cap LECs, and competitive LECs, as well as other forms of intercarrier traffic stimulation. Comments were received on December 17, 2007, and reply comments were received on January 16, 2008.

On February 8, 2011, the Commission adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on proposed rule revisions to address access stimulation. The Commission sought comment on a proposal to require rate-of-return LECs and competitive LECs to file revised tariffs if they enter into or have existing revenue sharing agreements. The proposed tariff filing requirements vary depending on the type of LEC involved. The Commission also sought comment on other record proposals and on possible rules for addressing access stimulation in the context of intra-MTA call terminations by CMRS providers. Comments were filed on April 1, 2011, and reply comments were filed on April 18, 2011.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM11/15/0772 FR 64179
NPRM Comment Period End12/17/07
FNPRM03/02/1176 FR 11632
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Douglas Slotten, Attorney-Advisor, Federal Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1572, Email: douglas.slotten@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ02

565. Jurisdictional Separations

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 154(j); 47 U.S.C. 205; 47 U.S.C. 221(c); 47 U.S.C. 254; 47 U.S.C. 403; 47 U.S.C. 410

Abstract: Jurisdictional separations is the process, pursuant to part 36 of the Commission's rules, by which incumbent local exchange carriers apportion regulated costs between the intrastate and interstate jurisdictions. In 1997, the Commission initiated a proceeding seeking comment on the extent to which legislative changes, technological changes, and market changes warrant comprehensive reform of the separations process. In 2001, the Commission adopted the Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations' recommendation to impose an interim freeze of the part 36 category relationships and jurisdictional cost allocation factors for a period of five years, pending comprehensive reform of the part 36 separations rules. In 2006, the Commission adopted an Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which extended the separations freeze for a period of three years and sought comment on comprehensive reform. In 2009, the Commission adopted a Report and Order extending the separations freeze an additional year to June 2010. In 2010, the Commission adopted a Report and Order extending the separations freeze for an additional year to June 2011. In 2011, the Commission adopted a Report and Order extending the separations freeze for an additional year to June 2012.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM11/05/9762 FR 59842
NPRM Comment Period End.12/10/97
Order06/21/0166 FR 33202
Order and FNPRM.05/26/0671 FR 29882
Order and FNPRM Comment Period End.08/22/06
Report and Order05/15/0974 FR 23955
R&O05/25/1075 FR 30301
R&O05/27/1176 FR 30840
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Ted Burmeister, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7389, Email: theodore.burmeister@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ06

566. Service Quality, Customer Satisfaction, Infrastructure and Operating Data Gathering (WC Docket Nos. 08-190, 07-139, 07-204, 07-273, 07-21)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 to 155; 47 U.S.C. 160 and 161; 47 U.S.C. 20 to 205; 47 U.S.C. 215; 47 U.S.C. 218 to 220; 47 U.S.C. 251 to 271; 47 U.S.C. 303(r) and 332; 47 U.S.C. 403; 47 U.S.C. 502 and 503

Abstract: This NPRM tentatively proposes to collect infrastructure and operating data that is tailored in scope to be consistent with Commission objectives from all facilities-based providers of broadband and telecommunications. Similarly, the NPRM also tentatively proposes to collect data concerning service quality and customer satisfaction from all facilities-based providers of broadband and telecommunications. The NPRM seeks comment on the proposals, on the specific information to be collected, and on the mechanisms for collecting information.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM10/15/0873 FR 60997
NPRM Comment Period End11/14/08
Reply Comment Period End12/15/08
NPRM02/28/1176 FR 12303
NPRM Comment Period End03/30/11
Reply Comment Period End04/14/11
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Cathy Zima, Deputy Division Chief, Federal Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7380, Fax: 202 418-6768, Email: cathy.zima@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ14

567. Form 477; Development of Nationwide Broadband Data to Evaluate Reasonable and Timely Deployment of Advanced Services to All Americans

Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 251; 47 U.S.C. 252; 47 U.S.C. 257; 47 U.S.C. 271; 47 U.S.C. 1302; 47 U.S.C. 160(b); 47 U.S.C. 161(a)(2)

Abstract: The NPRM seeks comment on streamlining and reforming the Commission's Form 477 Data Program which is the Commission's primary tool to collect data on broadband and telephone services.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM05/16/0772 FR 27519
Order07/02/0873 FR 37861
Order10/15/0873 FR 60997
NPRM02/08/1176 FR 10827
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Carol Simpson, Deputy Chief, Policy Division, Federal Communications Commission, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2391, Fax: 202 418-2816, Email: carol.simpson@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ15

568. Preserving the Open Internet; Broadband Industry Practices

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 152; 47 U.S.C. 154 (i)-(j); 47 U.S.C. 201(b)

Abstract: In 2009, the FCC launched a public process to determine whether and what actions might be necessary to preserve the characteristics that have allowed the Internet to grow into an indispensable platform supporting our nation's economy and civic life. After receiving input from more than 100,000 individuals and organizations and several public workshops, this process has made clear that the Internet has thrived because of its freedom and openness—the absence of any gatekeeper blocking lawful uses of the network or picking winners and losers online. The Open Internet Order builds on the bipartisan Internet Policy Statement the Commission adopted in 2005. The Order requires that all broadband providers are required to be transparent by disclosing their network management practices, performance, and commercial terms; fixed providers may not block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices; fixed providers may not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic; mobile providers may not block access to lawful Web sites, or applications that compete with their voice or video telephony services; and all providers may engage in “reasonable network management,” such as managing the network to address congestion or security issues. The rules do not prevent broadband providers from offering specialized services, such as facilities-based VoIP; do not prevent providers from blocking unlawful content or unlawful transfers of content; and do not supersede any obligation or authorization a provider may have to address the needs of emergency communications or law enforcement, public safety, or national security authorities.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM11/30/0974 FR 62638
NPRM Comment Period End04/26/10
Public Notice09/10/1075 FR 55297
Comment Period End11/04/10
Order09/23/1176 FR 59192
OMB Approval Notice09/21/1176 FR 58512
Rules Effective11/20/11
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: R. Matthew Warner, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2419, Email: matthew.warner@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ30

569. Local Number Portability Porting Interval and Validation Requirements (WC Docket No 07-244)

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 154(j); 47 U.S.C. 251; 47 U.S.C. 303(r)

Abstract: In 2007, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in WC Docket No. 07-244. The Notice sought comment on whether the Commission should adopt rules specifying the length of the porting intervals or other details of the porting process. It also tentatively concluded that the Commission should adopt rules reducing the porting interval for wireline-to-wireline and intermodal simple port requests, specifically, to a 48-hour porting interval.

In the Local Number Portability Porting Interval and Validation Requirements First Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, released on May 13, 2009, the Commission reduced the porting interval for simple wireline and simple intermodal port requests, requiring all entities subject to its local number portability (LNP) rules to complete simple wireline-to-wireline and simple intermodal port requests within one business day. In a related Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM), the Commission sought comment on what further steps, if any, the Commission should take to improve the process of changing providers.

In the LNP Standard Fields Order, released on May 20, 2010, the Commission adopted standardized data fields for simple wireline and intermodal ports. The Order also adopts the NANC's recommendations for porting process provisioning flows and for counting a business day in the context of number porting.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM02/21/0873 FR 9507
R&O and FNPRM07/02/0974 FR 31630
R&O06/22/1075 FR 35305
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Melissa Kirkel, Attorney-Advisor, WCB, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7958, Fax: 202 418-1413, Email: melissa.kirkel@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ32

570. Electronic Tariff Filing System (ETFS); WC Docket No. 10-141

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 and 154; 47 U.S.C. 201 to 205; 47 U.S.C. 218 and 222; 47 U.S.C. 225 to 226; 47 U.S.C. 228 and 254; 47 U.S.C. 403

Abstract: Section 402(b)(1)(A)(iii) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 added section 204(a)(3) to the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, providing for streamlined tariff filings by local exchange carriers. On September 6, 1996, in an effort to meet the goals of the 1996 Act, the Commission released the Tariff Streamlining NPRM, proposing measures to implement the tariff streamlining requirements of section 204(a)(3). Among other suggestions, the Commission proposed requiring LECs to file tariffs electronically.

The Commission began implementing the electronic filing of tariffs on January 31, 1997, when it released the Streamlined Tariff Order. On November 17, 1997, the Bureau made this electronic system, known as the Electronic Tariff Filing System, available for voluntary filing by incumbent LECs. The Bureau also announced that the use of ETFS would become mandatory for all incumbent LECs in 1998.

On May 28, 1998, in the ETFS Order, the Bureau established July 1, 1998, as the date after which incumbent LECs would be required to use ETFS to file tariffs and associated documents. The Commission deferred consideration of establishing mandatory electronic filing for non-incumbent LECs until the conclusion of a proceeding considering the mandatory detariffing of interstate long distance services.

In contrast to tariff filings by incumbent LECs, tariff filings by nondominant carriers are currently submitted via diskette, CD-ROM and/or paper, which are cumbersome and costly for the carrier, the Commission, and make it difficult for interested parties to review the documents. With this Report and Order the Commission requires mandatory electronic filing of tariffs and associated documents by all tariff filing entities.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM08/11/1075 FR 48629
NPRM Comment Period End09/10/10
NPRM Reply Comment Period End09/27/10
Report and Order07/20/1176 FR 43206
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Lynne H. Engledow, Attorney, Federal Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1520, Fax: 202 418-1567, Email: lynne.engledow@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ41

571. • Implementation of Section 224 of the Act; A National Broadband Plan for Our Future; WC Docket No. 07-245, GN Docket No. 09-51

Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i0; 47 U.S.C. 154(j); 47 U.S.C. 224

Abstract: In 2010, the Commission released an Order and Further Notice of Proposed rulemaking which implemented certain pole attachment recommendations of the National Broadband Plan and sought comment with regard to others. On April 7, 2011, the Commission adopted a Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration that sets forth a comprehensive regulatory scheme for access to poles, and modifies existing rules for pole attachment rates and enforcement.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM02/06/0873 FR 6879
FNPRM07/15/1075 FR 41338
Declaratory Ruling08/03/1075 FR 45494
R&O05/09/1176 FR 26620
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Jonathan Reel, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0637, Email: jonathan.reel@fcc.gov.

RIN: 3060-AJ64

[FR Doc. 2012-1664 Filed 2-10-12; 8:45 am]

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