Open Commission Meeting Thursday, October 19, 2023

Published date18 October 2023
Record Number2023-22937
CourtFederal Communications Commission
Federal Register, Volume 88 Issue 200 (Wednesday, October 18, 2023)
[Federal Register Volume 88, Number 200 (Wednesday, October 18, 2023)]
                [Pages 71858-71859]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
                [FR Doc No: 2023-22937]
                [FR ID 177970]
                Open Commission Meeting Thursday, October 19, 2023
                 The Federal Communications Commission will hold an Open Meeting on
                the subjects listed below on Thursday, October 19, 2023, which is
                scheduled to commence at 10:30 a.m. in the Commission Meeting Room of
                the Federal Communications Commission, 45 L Street NE, Washington, DC.
                 While attendance at the Open Meeting is available to the public,
                the FCC headquarters building is not open access and all guests must
                check in with and be screened by FCC security at the main entrance on L
                Street. Attendees at the Open Meeting will not be required to have an
                appointment but must otherwise comply with protocols outlined at:
       Open Meetings are streamed live at:
                and on the FCC's YouTube channel.
                 Item No. Bureau Subject
                1.................. Wireline Competition.. Title: Safeguarding and
                 Securing the Open Internet
                 (WC Docket No. 23-320).
                 Summary: The Commission
                 will consider a Notice of
                 Proposed Rulemaking that
                 proposes to reestablish
                 the Commission's authority
                 over broadband Internet
                 access service by
                 classifying it as a
                 telecommunications service
                 under Title II of the
                 Communications Act, which
                 would allow the Commission
                 to protect consumers by
                 issuing straightforward,
                 clear rules to prevent
                 Internet service providers
                 from engaging in practices
                 harmful to consumers,
                 competition, and public
                 safety; establish a
                 uniform, national
                 regulatory approach rather
                 than disparate
                 requirements that vary
                 state-by-state; strengthen
                 the Commission's ability
                 to secure communications
                 networks and critical
                 infrastructure against
                 national security threats;
                 and enable the Commission
                 to protect public safety
                 during natural disasters
                 and other emergencies.
                2.................. Wireline Competition.. Title: Modernizing the E-
                 Rate Program for Schools
                 and Libraries (WC Docket
                 No. 13-184).
                 Summary: The Commission
                 will consider a
                 Declaratory Ruling that
                 would clarify that the use
                 of Wi-Fi on school buses
                 is an educational purpose
                 and the provision of such
                 service is therefore
                 eligible for E-Rate
                3.................. Office of General Title: Broadband
                 Counsel. Connectivity and Maternal
                 Health--Implementation of
                 the Data Mapping to Save
                 Moms' Lives Act (GN Docket
                 No. 23-309).
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                 Summary: The Commission
                 will consider a Notice of
                 Inquiry that will seek
                 comment on its proposed
                 plan to improve and
                 enhance maternal health
                 data in the Mapping
                 Broadband Health in
                 America platform, in order
                 to ensure that future
                 updates to the platform
                 reflect input from
                 stakeholders and other
                 interested parties and
                 improves the user
                 experience. The platform
                 was updated in June 2023
                 to incorporate publicly
                 available data on maternal
                 mortality and severe
                 maternal morbidity
                 pursuant to the Data
                 Mapping to Save Moms'
                 Lives Act.
                4.................. Office of Engineering Title: Unlicensed Use of
                 and Technology. the 6 GHz Band (ET Docket
                 No. 18-295); Expanding
                 Flexible Use in Mid-Band
                 Spectrum Between 3.7 and
                 24 GHz (GN Docket No. 17-
                 Summary: The Commission
                 will consider a Second
                 Report and Order that
                 would expand unlicensed
                 use of the 6 GHz band by
                 permitting very low power
                 devices to operate in two
                 sub-bands, a Second
                 Further Notice of Proposed
                 Rulemaking that would
                 propose to expand very low
                 power device operations to
                 the remainder of the band,
                 and a Memorandum Opinion
                 and Order that would
                 address a remand from a
                 court challenge of a
                 previous decision in the
                5.................. Wireline Competition.. Title: Connect America Fund
                 (WC Docket No. 10-90);
                 Connect America Fund--
                 Alaska Plan (16-271);
                 Universal Service Reform--
                 Mobility Fund (WT Docket
                 No. 10-208); ETC Annual
                 Reports and Certifications
                 (WC Docket No. 14-58);
                 Carriers Eligible To
                 Receive Universal Service
                 Support (WC Docket No. 09-
                 Summary: The Commission
                 will consider a Notice of
                 Proposed Rulemaking
                 seeking comment on the use
                 of high-cost program
                 funding to continue
                 supporting fixed and
                 mobile services in Alaska.
                 The accompanying Report
                 and Order makes
                 administrative changes to
                 streamline high-cost
                 program rules.
                6.................. Public Safety and Title: Wireless Emergency
                 Homeland Security. Alerts (PS Docket No. 15-
                 91); Amendments to Part 11
                 of the Commission's Rules
                 Regarding the Emergency
                 Alert System (PS Docket
                 No. 15-94).
                 Summary: The Commission
                 will consider a Report and
                 Order that would improve
                 Wireless Emergency Alerts
                 by making WEA messages
                 available in additional
                 languages, including
                 American Sign Language
                 (ASL); supporting maps
                 that show the location of
                 an emergency; making it
                 easier to conduct public-
                 facing WEA performance and
                 public awareness tests;
                 and providing alert
                 originators and members of
                 the public with access to
                 information about where
                 and how WEA is available
                 within their communities.
                7.................. Media................. Title: Video Description:
                 Implementation of the
                 Twenty-First Century
                 Communications and Video
                 Accessibility Act of 2010
                 (MB Docket No. 11-43).
                 Summary: The Commission
                 will consider a Second
                 Report and Order that will
                 enhance support for
                 individuals who are blind
                 or visually impaired by
                 expanding audio
                 description requirements
                 to additional market
                 areas. The Order would
                 help ensure that a greater
                 number of individuals who
                 are blind or visually
                 impaired can be connected,
                 informed, and entertained
                 by television programming.
                * * * * *
                 The meeting will be webcast at: Open captioning
                will be provided as well as a text only version on the FCC website.
                Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are
                available upon request. In your request, include a description of the
                accommodation you will need and a way we can contact you if we need
                more information. Last minute requests will be accepted but may be
                impossible to fill. Send an email to: [email protected] or call the
                Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530.
                 Press Access--Members of the news media are welcome to attend the
                meeting and will be provided reserved seating on a first-come, first-
                served basis. Following the meeting, the Chairwoman may hold a news
                conference in which she will take questions from credentialed members
                of the press in attendance. Also, senior policy and legal staff will be
                made available to the press in attendance for questions related to the
                items on the meeting agenda. Commissioners may also choose to hold
                press conferences. Press may also direct questions to the Office of
                Media Relations (OMR): [email protected]. Questions about
                credentialing should be directed to OMR.
                 Additional information concerning this meeting may be obtained from
                the Office of Media Relations, (202) 418-0500. Audio/Video coverage of
                the meeting will be broadcast live with open captioning over the
                internet from the FCC Live web page at
                Federal Communications Commission.
                 Dated: October 12, 2023.
                Marlene Dortch,
                [FR Doc. 2023-22937 Filed 10-17-23; 8:45 am]
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