The FCC announced today that—in addition to the three national security items, equipment marketing and importation notice of proposed rulemaking, and report and order on the ATSC 3.0 broadcast TV stand, it plans to consider at its Dec. 10 meeting five additional items, including a notice of proposed rulemaking in EB docket 20-374 on rules to implement the provision of Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (TRACED Act) to streamline information-sharing with the FCC related to violations of the Communications Act’s provisions on robocalling and caller ID spoofing.
Other new items are an order in WC docket 13-184 to amend the invoice filing deadline rule for the E-rate program and a CG docket 02-278 order on reconsideration of the FCC’s interpretation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act with respect to permitting certain government and government contractor calls without consumers’ previous consent.
The other items on the sunshine agenda released today that were not on the tentative agenda released two weeks ago (TR Daily, Nov. 19) were an order on reconsideration regarding the expiration of an educational FM radio construction permit and an order in MD docket 20-64 to modify the FCC’s rules to require the electronic payment of fees for activities delegated to the Media Bureau.
The sunshine agenda retains all five items that were on the tentative agenda: three national security–related items, including a WC docket 18-89 report and order to establish the Secure and Trusted Communications Network Reimbursement Program (TR Daily, Nov. 19), as well as a notice of proposed rulemaking in ET docket 20-382 and RM-11857 to accelerate the FCC’s equipment authorization process and a report and order in MB docket 20-145 to amend the FCC’s rules to encourage deployment of the ATSC 3.0 broadcast television standard.
In a Nov. 18 blog post, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said that he was unable to discuss two of the national security items "in detail at this time." The sunshine agenda provides no details other than the bureaus from which the items originated: the first comes jointly from the Wireline Competition and Public Safety and Homeland Security bureaus, and the second comes from the International Bureau. —Lynn Stanton, [email protected]
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