Part XVII

 
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November 11, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 89)

Unified Agenda

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Federal Communications Commission

Part XVII

Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION 47 CFR Ch. I

Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions-Spring 2009

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

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.

William F. Caton,

Deputy Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.

CONSUMER AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS BUREAU--Long-Term Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

299

Policies and Rules Governing Interstate Pay-Per-Call and Other Information Services

3060-AG42

Pursuant to the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (CC Docket Nos. 96-146, 93-22)......... 300

Implementation of the Subscriber Selection Changes Provision of the Telecommunications 3060-AG46

Act of 1996 (CC Docket No. 94-129).................................................... 301

Implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996; Access to Telecommunications

3060-AG58

Service, Telecommunications Equipment and Customer Premises Equipment by Persons With

Disabilities.......................................................................... 302

In the Matter of the Telecommunications Relay Services, the Americans With

3060-AG75

Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (CC Docket No. 90- 571).................................................................................. 303

Rules and Regulations Implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) of

3060-AI14 1991 (CG Docket No. 02-278)........................................................... 304

Rules and Regulations Implementing Section 225 of the Communications Act

3060-AI15

(Telecommunications Relay Service) (CG Docket No. 03-123)............................. 305

Rules and Regulations Implementing the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited

3060-AI20

Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003 (CG Docket No. 04-53)........................... 306

Rules and Regulations Implementing Minimum Customer Account Record Exchange (CARE)

3060-AI58

Obligations on All Local and Interexchange Carriers (CG Docket No. 02-386)............ 307

Truth in Billing and Billing Format................................................... 3060-AI61 308

Closed Captioning of Video Programming (Section 610 Review)........................... 3060-AI72

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CONSUMER AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS BUREAU--Completed Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

309

Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) and Speech-to-Speech Services for Individuals

3060-AG76

With Hearing and Speech Disabilities, Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)...

OFFICE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY--Long-Term Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

310

Revision of the Rules Regarding Ultra-Wideband Transmission........................... 3060-AH47 311

New Advanced Wireless Services (ET Docket No. 00-258)................................. 3060-AH65 312

Transfer of the 3650 Through 3700 MHz Band From Federal Government Use (WT Docket No.

3060-AH75 05-96; ET Docket No. 02-380).......................................................... 313

Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields..................................... 3060-AI17 314

Unlicensed Operation of the 3650-3700 Band (ET Docket No. 04-151)..................... 3060-AI50 315

Unlicensed Operation in the TV Broadcast Bands (ET Docket No. 04-186)................. 3060-AI52 316

Unlicensed Devices and Equipment Approval (ET Docket No. 03-201)...................... 3060-AI54

INTERNATIONAL BUREAU--Long-Term Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

317

Streamlining the Commission's Rules and Regulations for Satellite Application and

3060-AD70

Licensing Procedures (IB Docket No. 95-117)........................................... 318

Establishing Rules and Policies for the Use of Spectrum for Mobile Satellite Service

3060-AF89 in the L-Band (IB Docket No. 96-132).................................................. 319

Establishment of Rules and Policies for the Digital Audio Radio Satellite Service in

3060-AF93 the 2310-2360 MHz Frequency Band (IB Docket No. 95-91; GEN Docket No. 90-357)......... 320

Allocate & Designate: Spec for Fixed-Sat Srv (37.5-38.5, 40.5-41.5 & 48.2-50.2 GHz

3060-AH23

Bands); Allocate: Fixed & Mobile 40.5-42.5 GHz; Wireless 46.9-47 GHz; Gov Oper 37-38 & 40-40.5 GHz (IB Docket No. 97)........................................................ 321

Space Station Licensing Reform (IB Docket No. 02-34).................................. 3060-AH98 322

Mitigation of Orbital Debris (IB Docket No. 02-54).................................... 3060-AI06 323

Amendment of the Commission's Rules (IB Docket No. 04-47)............................. 3060-AI41 324

Reporting Requirements for U.S. Providers of International Telecommunications Services 3060-AI42

(IB Docket No. 04-112)................................................................ 325

Review of the Spectrum Sharing Plan Among Non-Geostationary Satellite Orbit Mobile

3060-AI44

Satellite Service Systems in the 1.6/2.4 GHz Bands (IB Docket No. 02-364)............. 326

Amendment of the Commission's Rules To Allocate Spectrum and Adopt Service Rules and

3060-AI90

Procedures To Govern the Use of Vehicle-Mounted Earth Stations (IB Docket No. 07-101).

MEDIA BUREAU--Long-Term Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

327

Cable Television Rate Regulation...................................................... 3060-AF41 328

Cable Television Rate Regulation: Cost of Service..................................... 3060-AF48 329

Cable Home Wiring..................................................................... 3060-AG02 330

Competitive Availability of Navigation Devices (CS Docket No. 97-80).................. 3060-AG28 331

Cable Horizontal and Vertical Ownership Limits (MM Docket No. 92-264)................. 3060-AH09 332

Digital Audio Broadcasting Systems (MM Docket No. 99-325)............................. 3060-AH40 333

Second Periodic Review of Rules and Policies Affecting the Conversion to DTV.......... 3060-AH54 334

Direct Broadcast Public Interest Obligations (MM Docket No. 93-25).................... 3060-AH59 335

Revision of EEO Rules and Policies (MM Docket No. 98-204)............................. 3060-AH95 336

Broadcast Multiple and Cross-Ownership Limits......................................... 3060-AH97 337

Establishment of Rules for Digital Low Power Television, Television Translator, and

3060-AI38

Television Booster Stations (MB Docket No. 03-185)....................................

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338

Joint Sales Agreements in Local Television Markets (MB Docket No. 04-256)............. 3060-AI55 339

Significantly Viewed Out-of-Market Broadcast Stations (MB Docket No. 05-49)........... 3060-AI56 340

Revision of Procedures Governing Amendments to FM Table of Allotments and Changes of

3060-AI63

Community of License in the Radio Broadcast Services (MB Docket No. 05-210)........... 341

Digital Television Distributed Transmission System Technologies (MB Docket No. 05-312) 3060-AI68 342

Implementation of the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984 as Amended by the Cable

3060-AI69

Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992............................ 343

Program Access Rules--Sunset of Exclusive Contracts Prohibition and Examination of

3060-AI87

Programming Tying Arrangements; (MB Docket Nos. 07-29, 07-198)........................ 344

Third Periodic Review of the Commission's Rules and Policies Affecting the Conversion

3060-AI89 to Digital Television (MB Docket No. 07-91)........................................... 345

DTV Consumer Education Initiative (MB Docket No. 07-148).............................. 3060-AI96 346

Broadcast Localism (MB Docket No. 04-233)............................................. 3060-AJ04 347

Creating a Low Power Radio Service (MM Docket NO. 99-25).............................. 3060-AJ07 348

Sponsorship Identification Rules and Embedded Advertising (MB Docket No. 08-90)....... 3060-AJ10

MEDIA BUREAU--Completed Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

349

Digital Broadcast Content Protection (MB Docket No. 02-230)........................... 3060-AI37

OFFICE OF MANAGING DIRECTOR--Long-Term Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

350

Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees.......................................... 3060-AI79

PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU--Long-Term Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

351

Revision of the Rules To Ensure Compatibility With Enhanced 911 Emergency Calling

3060-AG34

Systems............................................................................... 352

Enhanced 911 Services for Wireline.................................................... 3060-AG60 353

In the Matter of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act................ 3060-AG74 354

Development of Operational, Technical, and Spectrum Requirements for Public Safety

3060-AG85

Communications Requirements........................................................... 355

1998 Biennial Regulatory Review--Review of Accounts Settlement in Maritime Mobile and

3060-AH30

Maritime Mobile-Satellite Radio Services; (IB Docket No. 98-96)....................... 356

Implementation of 911 Act............................................................. 3060-AH90 357

Commission Rules Concerning Disruptions to Communications............................. 3060-AI22 358

E911 Requirements for IP-Enabled Service Providers.................................... 3060-AI62 359

Recommendations of the Independent Panel Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on

3060-AI78

Communications Networks............................................................... 360

Stolen Vehicle Recovery System (SVRS)................................................. 3060-AJ01 361

The Commercial Mobile Alert System.................................................... 3060-AJ03

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WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU--Long-Term Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

362

Amendment of the Commission's Rules Concerning Maritime Communications................ 3060-AF14 363

39 GHz Channel Plan................................................................... 3060-AG16 364

Implementation of the Communications Act, Amendment of the Commission's Rules--

3060-AG21

Broadband PCS Competitive Bidding and the Commercial Mobile Radio Service Spectrum Cap 365

Amendment of Part 90 of the Rules To Adopt Regulations for Automatic Vehicle

3060-AH12

Monitoring Systems.................................................................... 366

Fixed Satellite Service and Terrestrial System in the Ku-Band......................... 3060-AH17 367

Service Rules for the 746-764 and 776-794 MHz Bands, and Revisions to the Commission's 3060-AH32

Rules................................................................................. 368

Implementation of the Communications Act of 1934 as Amended........................... 3060-AH33 369

Amendment of the Rules To License Fixed Services at 24 GHz............................ 3060-AH41 370

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

3060-AH55

Communications........................................................................ 371

Competitive Bidding Procedures........................................................ 3060-AH57 372

2000 Biennial Regulatory Review Spectrum Aggregation Limits for Commercial Mobile

3060-AH81

Radio Services........................................................................ 373

In the Matter of Promoting Efficient Use of Spectrum Through Elimination of Barriers

3060-AH82 to the Development of Secondary Markets............................................... 374

Reexamination of Roaming Obligations of Commercial Mobile Radio Service Providers..... 3060-AH83 375

Year 2000 Biennial Review (WT Docket No. 01-108)...................................... 3060-AI26 376

Air-Ground Telecommunications Services................................................ 3060-AI27 377

Amendments of Various Rules Affecting Wireless Radio Services (WT Docket No. 03-264).. 3060-AI30 378

Facilitating the Provision of Spectrum-Based Services to Rural Areas.................. 3060-AI31 379

Improving Public Safety Communications in the 800 MHz Band Industrial/Land

3060-AI34

Transportation and Business Channels.................................................. 380

Review of Part 87 of the Commission's Rules Concerning Aviation (WT Docket No. 01-289) 3060-AI35 381

Implementation of the Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act (CSEA) and Modernization of

3060-AI88 the Commission's Competitive Bidding Rules and Procedures (WT Docket No. 05-211)...... 382

Facilitating the Provision of Fixed and Mobile Broadband Access Educational and Other

3060-AJ12

Advanced Services in the 2150-2162 and 2500-2690 MHz Bands; Reviewing of the Spectrum

Sharing Plan Among Non-Geost.......................................................... 383

Amendment of the Rules Regarding Maritime Automatic Identification Systems; WT Docket

3060-AJ16

No. 04-344............................................................................ 384

Service Rules for Advanced Wireless Services in the 2155-2175 MHz Band................ 3060-AJ19 385

Service Rules for Advanced Wireless Services in the 1915-1920 MHz, 1995-2000 MHz, 2020- 3060-AJ20 2025 MHz and 2175-2180 MHz Bands...................................................... 386

Rules Authorizing the Operation of Low Power Auxiliary Stations in the 698-806 MHz

3060-AJ21

Band, WT Docket No. 08-166; Public Interest Spectrum Coalition, Petition for

Rulemaking Regarding Low Power Auxiliary.............................................. 387

Amendment of the Commission's Rules To Improve Public Safety Communications in the 800 3060-AJ22

MHz Band, and To Consolidate the 800 MHz and 900 MHz Business and Industrial/Land

Transportation Pool Channels..........................................................

WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU--Completed Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

388

Resale and Roaming Obligations Pertaining to Commercial Mobile Radio Services......... 3060-AF58 389

Implementation of the Communications Act, Competitive Bidding; 218-219 MHz Competitive 3060-AG00

Bidding Rules......................................................................... 390

Multiple Access Systems............................................................... 3060-AG86 391

Amendment of Part I of the Commission's Rules--Competitive Bidding Procedures......... 3060-AG87 392

Amendment to Licensing Low Power Operations in 450-470 MHz Band....................... 3060-AH84 393

Review of Quiet Zones Application Procedures.......................................... 3060-AH88 394

Reallocation and Service Rules for the 698-746 MHz Spectrum Band (Television Channels

3060-AH89 52-59)................................................................................ 395

Extending Wireless Telecommunications Services to Tribal Lands........................ 3060-AI32 396

Amendment of Commission Rules Concerning Airport Terminal Use Frequencies 450-470 MHz

3060-AI33

Band of the Private Land Mobile Radio Services (WT Docket No. 02-318)................. 397

Hearing Aid-Compatible Telephones (WT Docket Nos. 01-309 & 06-150).................... 3060-AI57

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WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU--Long-Term Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

398

Implementation of the Universal Service Portions of the 1996 Telecommunications Act... 3060-AF85 399

Telecommunications Carriers' Use of Customer Proprietary Network Information and Other 3060-AG43

Customer Information.................................................................. 400

Implementation of the Local Competition Provisions of the Telecommunications Act of

3060-AG50 1996.................................................................................. 401

Local Telephone Networks That LECs Must Make Available to Competitors................. 3060-AH44 402

2000 Biennial Regulatory Review--Telecommunications Service Quality Reporting

3060-AH72

Requirements.......................................................................... 403

Access Charge Reform and Universal Service Reform..................................... 3060-AH74 404

Numbering Resource Optimization....................................................... 3060-AH80 405

National Exchange Carrier Association Petition........................................ 3060-AI47 406

IP-Enabled Services................................................................... 3060-AI48 407

Consumer Protection in the Broadband Era.............................................. 3060-AI73 408

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

3060-AJ02 135).................................................................................. 409

Jurisdictional Separations............................................................ 3060-AJ06 410

Implementation of NET 911 Improvement Act............................................. 3060-AJ09

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Long-Term Actions

Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau

  1. POLICIES AND RULES GOVERNING INTERSTATE PAY-PER-CALL AND OTHER

    INFORMATION SERVICES PURSUANT TO THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1996 (CC

    DOCKET NOS. 96-146, 93-22)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 228

    Abstract: The Commission received comments on proposed rules designed to implement the 1996 Telecommunications Act with respect to information services to prevent abusive and deceptive practices by entities that might try to circumvent the statutory requirements. The proposed rules address generally the use of dialing sequences other than the 900 service access code to provide information services. The

    Commission issued an NPRM on these issues July 16, 2004.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    07/26/96

    61 FR 39107

    Order

    07/26/96

    61 FR 39084

    NPRM Comment Period End

    09/16/96

    Notice to Refresh Record

    03/27/03

    68 FR 14939

    Comment Period End

    05/27/03

    NPRM

    10/15/04

    69 FR 61184

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Erica H. McMahon, Chief, Consumer Policy Division,

    Federal Communications Commission, Consumer and Governmental Affairs

    Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-2512

    Email: erica.mcmahon@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG42

  2. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SUBSCRIBER SELECTION CHANGES PROVISION OF THE

    TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1996 (CC DOCKET NO. 94-129)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154; 47 USC 201; 47 USC 258

    Abstract: In December 1998, the Commission established new rules and policies implementing section 258 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended by the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which makes it unlawful for any telecommunications carrier to ``submit or execute a change in a subscriber's selection of a provider of telecommunications exchange service or telephone toll service except in accordance with such verification procedures as the Commission shall prescribe.'' The rules provide, among other things, that any telecommunications carrier that violates such verification procedures and that collects charges for telephone exchange service or telephone toll service from a subscriber shall be liable to the carrier previously selected by the subscriber in an amount equal to 150 percent of all charges paid by the subscriber after such violation. In April 2000, the Commission modified the slamming liability rules by giving victims of slamming adequate redress, ensuring that carriers that slam do not profit from their fraud, and allowing States to act as the primary administrator of slamming complaints. In May 2001, the Commission adopted streamlined procedures for the carrier-to-carrier sale or transfer of customer bases.

    In February 2003, the Commission adopted a Reconsideration Order and

    Second FNPRM. The Reconsideration Order addresses, amongst other things, the requirement that a carrier's sales agent drop-off a carrier change request phone call once the customer has been connected to an independent third party verifier, and the applicability of our slamming rules to local exchange carriers. In the Second FNPRM, the Commission sought comment on rule modifications with respect to third party verifications.

    On January 4, 2008, the Commission released an Order that confirmed that a LEC that is executing a carrier change on behalf of another carrier may not re-verify whether the person listed on the change order is actually authorized to do so.

    On January 9, 2008, the Commission released a Fourth Report and Order that modified the slamming rules regarding the content of independent third party

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    verifications of a consumer's intent to switch carriers.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    MO&O on Recon and FNPRM

    08/14/97

    62 FR 43493

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    09/30/97

    Second R&O and Second FNPRM

    02/16/99

    64 FR 7745

    First Order on Recon

    04/13/00

    65 FR 47678

    Third R&O and Second Order on

    Recon

    11/08/00

    65 FR 66934

    Third FNPRM

    01/29/01

    66 FR 8093

    Order

    03/01/01

    66 FR 12877

    First R&O and Fourth R&O

    06/06/01

    66 FR 30334

    Second FNPRM

    03/17/03

    68 FR 19176

    Third Order on Recon

    03/17/03

    68 FR 19152

    Second FNPRM Comment Period End 06/17/03

    First Order on Recon & Fourth

    Order on Recon

    03/15/05

    70 FR 12605

    Fifth Order on Recon

    03/23/05

    70 FR 14567

    Order

    02/04/08

    73 FR 6444

    Fourth R&O

    03/12/08

    73 FR 13144

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Nancy Stevenson, Deputy Chief, Consumer Policy Div.,

    Federal Communications Commission, Consumer and Governmental Affairs

    Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-2512

    Fax: 202 418-1196

    Email: nancy.stevenson@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG46

  3. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1996; ACCESS TO

    TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE, TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT AND CUSTOMER

    PREMISES EQUIPMENT BY PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 255; 47 USC 251(a)(2)

    Abstract: This proceeding is initiated to 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    Notice

    03/07/96

    61 FR 9164

    Notice

    07/30/96

    61 FR 39657

    R&O

    08/14/96

    61 FR 42181

    NOI

    09/26/96

    61 FR 50465

    Notice

    10/23/96

    61 FR 54999

    NPRM

    05/22/98

    63 FR 28456

    Notice

    10/28/98

    63 FR 57686

    Notice

    04/13/99

    64 FR 18021

    Notice

    04/19/99

    64 FR 19178

    Notice

    06/02/99

    64 FR 29644

    R&O

    11/19/99

    64 FR 63235

    Further NOI

    11/19/99

    64 FR 63277

    Public Notice

    07/13/00

    65 FR 43372

    Public Notice

    01/07/02

    67 FR 678

    Notice

    04/23/02

    67 FR 19753

    Notice

    09/06/02

    67 FR 57009

    Notice

    10/30/02

    67 FR 66154

    Public Notice

    07/21/04

    69 FR 43586

    Notice

    07/29/04

    69 FR 45318

    Notice

    02/14/05

    70 FR 7503

    Notice

    04/06/05

    70 FR 17456

    Public Notice

    07/20/05

    70 FR 41754

    Notice

    03/29/06

    71 FR 15738

    Notice

    07/26/06

    71 FR 42396

    Public Notice

    08/02/06

    71 FR 43768

    R&O

    08/06/07

    72 FR 43546

    Notice

    08/06/07

    72 FR 43638

    Notice

    12/10/07

    72 FR 69686

    Notice

    12/11/07

    72 FR 70324

    Notice

    03/06/08

    73 FR 12174

    Comment Period End

    01/07/08

    Notice/Announcement of Effective

    Date

    03/20/08

    73 FR 14941

    Final Rule: Notice Removal

    04/21/08

    73 FR 21251

    R&O

    05/07/08

    73 FR 25566

    Notice

    06/13/08

    73 FR 33820

    Public Notice

    08/01/08

    73 FR 45008

    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

  4. IN THE MATTER OF THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS RELAY SERVICES, THE

    AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990, AND THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT

    OF 1996 (CC DOCKET NO. 90-571)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154; 47 USC 225

    Abstract: This item addresses the requirement that telecommunications relay services be capable of handling any type of call normally provided by common carriers.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    12/04/90

    55 FR 50037

    R&O and Request for Comments 08/01/91

    56 FR 36729

    Order on Recon & Second R&O

    03/03/93

    58 FR 12175

    FNPRM

    03/30/93

    58 FR 12204

    MO&O

    11/28/95

    60 FR 58626

    Order

    09/08/97

    62 FR 47152

    Second NPRM

    04/05/01

    66 FR 18059

    Fifth R&O

    02/07/03

    68 FR 6352

    R & O (Correction)

    02/24/03

    68 FR 8553

    Recon of Fifth R&O and Order

    Comment Deadline

    04/04/03

    Public Notice

    04/15/03

    68 FR 18205

    Comment Period End for Petitions for Recon

    04/30/03

    Notice

    08/27/04

    69 FR 52694

    Petitions for Recon of Fifth R&O

    Denied

    09/01/04

    69 FR 53346

    Notice

    09/01/04

    69 FR 53442

    Comment Period End

    11/01/04

    Public Notice

    11/12/04

    69 FR 65401

    Comment Period End

    11/30/04

    Notice

    12/27/04

    69 FR 77246

    Comment Period End

    01/26/05

    Notice

    04/06/05

    70 FR 17456

    Notice

    04/19/06

    71 FR 20101

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Thomas Chandler, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1475

    Email: thomas.chandler@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG75

  5. RULES AND REGULATIONS IMPLEMENTING THE TELEPHONE CONSUMER

    PROTECTION ACT (TCPA) OF 1991 (CG DOCKET NO. 02-278)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 227

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    Abstract: The Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

    (NPRM) on September 18, 2002, seeking comment on the rules implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA). The NPRM sought comment on the effectiveness of the company-specific do-not-call lists and whether to revisit the option of establishing a national do-not- call list.

    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 adopting a limited safe harbor period from the prohibition on placing automatic telephone dialing systems or prerecorded message calls to wireless numbers when such calls are made to numbers that have been recently ported from wireline to wireless service. In addition, the Commission amended its 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 three months.

    On December 9, 2005, the Commission released an NPRM proposing to amend the fax advertising rules to implement the Junk Fax Protection Act of 2005. On April 5, 2006, the Commission adopted a Report and Order and

    Third Order on Reconsideration amending its facsimile advertising rules. 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.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    10/08/02

    67 FR 62667

    NPRM Comment Period Extended 11/29/02

    67 FR 71126

    Reply Comment Period Extended 12/26/02

    67 FR 78763

    Comment Period End

    01/31/03

    FNPRM

    04/03/03

    68 FR 16250

    Order

    07/25/03

    68 FR 44144

    Order Effective

    08/25/03

    Order on Recon

    08/25/03

    68 FR 50978

    Order

    10/14/03

    68 FR 59130

    FNPRM

    03/31/04

    69 FR 16873

    Order

    10/08/04

    69 FR 60311

    Order

    10/28/04

    69 FR 62816

    Order on Recon

    04/13/05

    70 FR 19330

    Order

    06/30/05

    70 FR 37705

    NPRM

    12/19/05

    70 FR 75102

    Public Notice

    04/26/06

    71 FR 24634

    Order

    05/03/06

    71 FR 25967

    NPRM

    12/14/07

    72 FR 71099

    Declaratory Ruling

    02/01/08

    73 FR 6041

    R&O

    07/14/08

    73 FR 40183

    Order on Recon

    10/30/08

    73 FR 64556

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Erica H. McMahon, Chief, Consumer Policy Division,

    Federal Communications Commission, Consumer and Governmental Affairs

    Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-2512

    Email: erica.mcmahon@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI14

  6. RULES AND REGULATIONS IMPLEMENTING SECTION 225 OF THE

    COMMUNICATIONS ACT (TELECOMMUNICATIONS RELAY SERVICE) (CG DOCKET NO. 03- 123)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154; 47 USC 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    08/25/03

    68 FR 50993

    Public Notice

    07/26/04

    69 FR 44534

    R&O, Order on Recon

    09/01/04

    69 FR 53346

    FNPRM

    09/01/04

    69 FR 53382

    Public Notice

    11/12/04

    69 FR 65401

    Comment Period End

    12/30/04

    Public Notice

    01/11/05

    70 FR 2360

    Comment Period End

    01/19/05

    Public Notice

    02/17/05

    70 FR 8034

    Declaratory Ruling/

    Interpretation

    02/25/05

    70 FR 9239

    Comment Period End

    03/04/05

    Public Notice

    03/07/05

    70 FR 10930

    Public Notice

    03/16/05

    70 FR 12884

    Order

    03/23/05

    70 FR 14568

    Public Notice/ Announcement of

    Date

    04/06/05

    70 FR 17334

    Comment Period End

    05/02/05

    Public Notice

    05/11/05

    70 FR 24790

    Comment Period End

    05/25/05

    Order

    07/01/05

    70 FR 38134

    Deadline

    07/01/05

    Public Notice

    07/13/05

    70 FR 38134

    Order on Recon

    08/31/05

    70 FR 51643

    R&O

    08/31/05

    70 FR 51649

    Public Notice

    09/07/05

    70 FR 53191

    Order on Clarification

    09/14/05

    70 FR 54294

    Notice

    09/14/05

    70 FR 54381

    Comment Period End

    10/07/05

    Order on Clarification

    09/14/05

    70 FR 54298

    Public Notice

    10/12/05

    70 FR 59346

    Public Notice

    11/30/05

    70 FR 71849

    R&O/Order on Recon

    12/23/05

    70 FR 76208

    Order

    12/28/05

    70 FR 76712

    Order

    12/29/05

    70 FR 77052

    Notice

    01/11/06

    71 FR 1753

    Notice

    01/11/06

    71 FR 1755

    Comment Period End

    01/17/06

    Public Notice/Petition for

    Rulemaking Withdrawn

    01/18/06

    71 FR 2942

    NPRM

    02/01/06

    71 FR 5221

    Notice

    02/01/06

    71 FR 5221

    Comment Period End

    02/10/06

    Comment Period End

    03/08/06

    Notice/Announcement of Effective

    Date

    03/15/06

    71 FR 13281

    Notice

    03/24/06

    71 FR 14893

    Public Notice

    05/10/06

    71 FR 27252

    Notice

    05/24/06

    71 FR 29961

    Declaratory Ruling/Clarification05/31/06

    71 FR 30818

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    FNPRM

    05/31/06

    71 FR 30848

    Declaratory Ruling/Dismissal of

    Petition

    06/21/06

    71 FR 35553

    Clarification

    06/28/06

    71 FR 36690

    Public Notice

    06/28/06

    71 FR 36795

    Public Notice

    06/28/06

    71 FR 36796

    Public Notice

    06/28/06

    71 FR 36794

    Declaratory Ruling on Recon

    07/06/06

    71 FR 38268

    Comment Period End

    07/17/06

    Comment Period End

    07/17/06

    Public Notice

    08/02/06

    71 FR 43768

    Order on Recon

    08/16/06

    71 FR 47141

    MO&O

    08/16/06

    71 FR 47145

    Clarification

    08/23/06

    71 FR 49380

    FNPRM

    09/13/06

    71 FR 54009

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    10/30/06

    Correction

    09/27/06

    71 FR 56442

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    11/13/06

    PRA Comment Period End

    11/13/06

    Final Rule; Clarification

    02/14/07

    72 FR 6960

    Notice Comment Period End

    04/16/07

    Notice

    02/14/07

    72 FR 7031

    Public Notice

    03/01/07

    72 FR 9333

    Notice

    03/01/07

    72 FR 9332

    Public Notice

    03/07/07

    72 FR 10214

    Order

    03/14/07

    72 FR 11789

    Public Notice

    04/12/07

    72 FR 18478

    Notice

    04/18/07

    72 FR 19501

    Notice

    05/02/07

    72 FR 24305

    Public Notice

    05/16/07

    72 FR 27570

    Public Notice

    05/16/07

    72 FR 27569

    Notice

    06/06/07

    72 FR 31327

    Notice

    06/13/07

    72 FR 32661

    Public Notice

    07/18/07

    72 FR 39423

    R&O

    08/06/07

    72 FR 43546

    Notice

    08/06/07

    72 FR 43638

    Public Notice

    08/16/07

    72 FR 46060

    Order

    11/01/07

    72 FR 61813

    Public Notice

    11/01/07

    72 FR 61882

    Notice

    12/11/07

    72 FR 70324

    Public Notice

    01/04/08

    73 FR 863

    R&O/Declaratory Ruling

    01/17/08

    73 FR 3197

    Notice

    01/17/08

    73 FR 3253

    Order

    02/19/08

    73 FR 9031

    Public Notice

    02/19/08

    73 FR 9118

    Public Notice

    03/27/08

    73 FR 16304

    Public Notice

    04/07/08

    73 FR 18796

    Comment Period End

    05/22/08

    R&O

    04/21/08

    73 FR 21252

    Order

    04/21/08

    73 FR 21347

    Order

    04/23/08

    73 FR 21843

    Public Notice

    04/30/08

    73 FR 23361

    Order

    05/15/08

    73 FR 28057

    Public Notice

    05/23/08

    73 FR 26992

    Notice

    06/16/08

    73 FR 34015

    PRA Comment Period End

    07/16/08

    Declaratory Ruling

    07/08/08

    73 FR 38928

    R&O

    07/18/08

    73 FR 41286

    FNPRM

    07/18/08

    73 FR 41307

    Comment Period End

    08/25/08

    PRA Comment Period End

    09/16/08

    Notice

    07/18/08

    73 FR 41351

    PRA Comment Period End

    09/16/08

    Notice/Announcement of Effective

    Date

    07/30/08

    73 FR 4417

    Public Notice

    08/01/08

    73 FR 45006

    Comment Period End

    09/29/08

    Public Notice

    08/05/08

    73 FR 45354

    Public Notice

    08/22/08

    73 FR 49670

    Public Notice

    10/10/08

    73 FR 60172

    Order

    10/23/08

    73 FR 63078 2nd R&O and Order on Recon

    12/30/08

    73 FR 79683

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Thomas Chandler, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1475

    Email: thomas.chandler@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI15

  7. RULES AND REGULATIONS IMPLEMENTING THE CONTROLLING THE ASSAULT OF

    NON-SOLICITED PORNOGRAPHY AND MARKETING ACT OF 2003 (CG DOCKET NO. 04- 53)

    Legal Authority: 15 USC 7706; 15 USC 7712; PL 108-187

    Abstract: The Commission has adopted rules to protect consumers from unwanted electronic mobile service messages to implement the

    Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    03/31/04

    69 FR 16873

    NPRM Comment Period End

    05/17/04

    Order

    09/16/04

    69 FR 55765

    Order Cross Referencing Federal

    Trade Commission Definitions 03/25/05

    70 FR 34665

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Julie Saulnier, Deputy Chief, Consumer Policy Div.,

    Federal Communications Commission, Consumer and Government Affairs

    Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1598

    Email: julie.saulnier@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI20

  8. RULES AND REGULATIONS IMPLEMENTING MINIMUM CUSTOMER ACCOUNT RECORD

    EXCHANGE (CARE) OBLIGATIONS ON ALL LOCAL AND INTEREXCHANGE CARRIERS (CG

    DOCKET NO. 02-386)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154; 47 USC 201 and 202; 47 USC 303(r)

    Abstract: On December 20, 2002, the Commission issued a Public Notice directing interested parties to file comments on issues raised in a petition filed with the Commission by Americatel Corporation and on a separate petition filed by AT&T, Sprint, and MCI. The petitions asked the Commission to address problems relating to the exchange of customer account records between local and long distance telephone service providers. On March 25, 2004, the Commission released a Notice of

    Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in CG Docket No. 02-386 seeking further comment on the two petitions and seeking comment as to whether to replace the current voluntary industry process for the exchange of customer account information between local and long distance service providers with mandatory, minimum standards applicable to all such providers.

    On February 25, 2005, the Commission released a Report and Order and

    Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in CG Docket No. 02-386. The

    Report and Order adopted final rules governing the exchange of customer account information between local and long distance telephone service providers. The Commission adopted these rules to help to ensure that consumers' phone service bills are accurate and that their carrier selection requests are honored and executed without undue delay. In the

    Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM), the Commission sought comment on the need for rules governing the exchange of customer

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    account information between local telephone service providers.

    On April 15, 2005, and June 15, 2005, a coalition of local and long distance carriers proposed minor modifications and clarifications to section 64.4002 of the Commission's CARE rules. On August 29, 2005, the

    Commission released a public notice requesting comment on the coalition's proposed clarifications and modifications. Notice of the proposed changes was published in the Federal Register on September 7, 2005 (70 FR 53137). The comment cycle established by the August 29 public notice closed October 3, 2005.

    On September 13, 2006, the Commission released an Order on

    Reconsideration adopting the clarifications and technical corrections to the Report and Order, as proposed by the coalition of carriers.

    On December 21, 2007, the Commission released a Report and Order declining to adopt mandatory data exchange requirements between local exchange carriers.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    04/19/04

    69 FR 20845

    NPRM Comment Period End

    06/18/04

    R&O and FNPRM

    06/02/05

    70 FR 32258

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    08/01/05

    Public Notice

    08/29/05

    70 FR 53137--01

    Public Notice Comment Period End10/03/05

    Order on Recon

    12/13/06

    71 FR 74819

    R&O

    01/08/08

    73 FR 1297

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Lisa Boehley, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications

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

    Phone: 202 418-7395

    Fax: 202 418-0236

    Email: lisa.boehley@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI58

  9. TRUTH IN BILLING AND BILLING FORMAT

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 201; 47 USC 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.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    FNPRM

    05/25/05

    70 FR 30044

    R&O

    05/25/05

    70 FR 29979

    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

  10. CLOSED CAPTIONING OF VIDEO PROGRAMMING (SECTION 610 REVIEW)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    02/03/97

    62 FR 4959

    R&O

    09/16/97

    62 FR 48487

    Notice

    10/02/97

    62 FR 54848

    Order on Recon

    10/28/98

    63 FR 55959

    Notice

    09/29/00

    65 FR 58552

    Notice

    01/05/01

    66 FR 1136

    Notice

    12/31/03

    68 FR 75558

    Notice

    05/11/04

    69 FR 26095

    NPRM

    09/26/05

    70 FR 56150

    Comment Period Extended

    11/25/05

    70 FR 71077

    Comment Period End

    12/16/05

    Notice

    09/27/07

    72 FR 70324

    Order on Declaratory Ruling

    01/13/09

    74 FR 1594

    NPRM

    01/13/09

    74 FR 1654

    Comment Period End

    02/27/09

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Amelia L. Brown, Attorney Advisor, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-2799

    TDD Phone: 202 418-7804

    Fax: 202 418-0037

    Email: amelia.brown@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI72

    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Completed Actions

    Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau

  11. TELECOMMUNICATIONS RELAY SERVICES (TRS) AND SPEECH-TO-SPEECH

    SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH HEARING AND SPEECH DISABILITIES, AMERICANS

    WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990 (ADA)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154; 47 USC 225

    Abstract: Title IV of the ADA requires the Commission to ensure that

    TRS is available to the extent possible in the most efficient manner to persons with hearing or speech disabilities in the United States. TRS enables an individual with a hearing or speech disability to communicate by telephone or other assistive communication device. The

    Commission issued its first order pursuant to title IV of the ADA implementing TRS on July 26, 1991, CC Docket No. 90-571. Since 1991, the Commission has revisited the regulations governing TRS on numerous occasions, in part, to make available to consumers new forms of TRS, and to amend the mandatory

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    minimum standards to improve the quality of TRS, consistent with the goal of functional equivalency set forth in section 225. Through these actions the Commission has broadly defined TRS to include any service that enables persons with hearing or speech disabilities to use the telecommunications network to communicate by wire or radio, and not to be limited to either telecommunications service or services that require a TTY. This docket and RIN flow from CC Docket No. 90-571 AND

    RIN 3060-AG75.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    05/20/98

    63 FR 32798

    NPRM Comment Period End

    09/14/98

    FNPRM

    06/21/00

    65 FR 38490

    R&O

    06/21/00

    65 FR 38432

    Public Notice

    07/19/01

    66 FR 37631

    Public Notice Correction

    08/03/01

    66 FR 40666

    Public Notice

    08/15/01

    66 FR 42858

    Public Notice Correction

    10/26/01

    66 FR 54165

    MO&O

    01/29/02

    67 FR 4203

    FNPRM

    01/29/02

    67 FR 4227

    Declaratory Ruling

    06/11/02

    67 FR 39863

    FNPRM

    06/11/02

    67 FR 39929

    Public Notice

    07/24/02

    67 FR 48415

    Public Notice

    07/29/02

    67 FR 49024

    Comment Period End

    08/12/02

    Public Notice

    08/26/02

    67 FR 57641

    Public Notice

    10/31/02

    67 FR 66399

    Public Notice

    10/31/02

    67 FR 66400

    Public Notice

    10/31/02

    67 FR 66397

    Public Notice

    12/17/02

    67 FR 77272

    Public Notice

    01/27/03

    68 FR 3880

    Fifth R&O

    02/07/03

    68 FR 6352

    Fifth R&O Correction

    02/24/03

    68 FR 8553

    Public Notice

    03/04/03

    68 FR 10245

    Order on Recon

    04/06/03

    68 FR 18826

    Public Notice

    05/30/03

    68 FR 32511

    NPRM

    06/23/03

    68 FR 37158

    Public Notice

    08/18/03

    68 FR 49478

    Public Notice

    08/20/03

    68 FR 50146

    NPRM

    08/25/03

    68 FR 50993

    Second R&O and Order on Recon 08/25/03

    68 FR 50973

    Public Notice

    11/07/03

    68 FR 63029

    Waiver & Clarification

    04/16/03

    68 FR 18826

    Notice

    04/16/03

    68 FR 18828

    Comment Period End

    04/21/03

    Notice

    05/29/03

    68 FR 32038

    Public Notice

    07/25/03

    68 FR 44082

    Public Notice

    08/04/03

    68 FR 45819

    Notice

    08/14/03

    68 FR 48609

    Public Notice

    08/18/03

    68 FR 49478

    Notice

    08/25/03

    68 FR 51014

    Public Notice

    09/29/03

    68 FR 55955

    Declaratory Ruling

    09/29/03

    68 FR 55898

    Notice

    10/27/03

    68 FR 61217

    Comment Period End

    10/30/03

    Notice

    11/30/03

    68 FR 62249

    Public Notice

    12/01/03

    68 FR 67166

    Notice

    12/24/03

    68 FR 74504

    Public Notice

    12/31/03

    68 FR 75559

    Notice

    02/24/04

    69 FR 8331

    Notice

    03/26/04

    69 FR 15730

    Public Notice

    07/26/04

    69 FR 44534

    Notice

    07/28/04

    69 FR 44970

    Comment Period End

    08/30/04

    R&O and Order on Recon

    09/01/04

    69 FR 53346

    FNPRM

    09/01/04

    69 FR 53382

    Notice

    09/01/04

    69 FR 53442

    Correction

    09/17/04

    69 FR 55985

    Comment Period End re: 69 FR 53442

    11/01/04

    Comment Period End re: 69 FR 53382

    11/15/04

    Correction

    09/24/04

    69 FR 57231

    Public Notice

    11/15/04

    69 FR 64573

    Comment Period End

    11/30/04

    Notice

    12/27/04

    69 FR 77246

    Public Notice

    01/11/05

    70 FR 1894

    Comment Period End

    01/19/05

    Public Notice

    01/13/05

    70 FR 2360

    Public Notice

    02/17/05

    70 FR 8034

    Declaratory Ruling/

    Interpretation

    02/25/05

    70 FR 9239

    Public Notice

    03/07/05

    70 FR 10930

    Comment Period End

    03/04/05

    Public Notice

    03/16/05

    70 FR 12884

    Comment Period End

    05/02/05

    Order

    03/23/05

    70 FR 14568

    Order on Recon

    04/06/05

    70 FR 17330

    Public Notice/ Announcement of

    Date

    04/06/05

    70 FR 17334

    Notice

    04/06/05

    70 FR 17456

    Public Notice

    05/11/05

    70 FR 24790

    Comment Period End

    05/25/05

    Order

    07/01/05

    70 FR 38134

    Order on Recon

    08/31/05

    70 FR 51643

    R&O

    08/31/05

    70 FR 51649

    Order/Clarification

    09/14/05

    70 FR 54294

    Notice

    09/14/05

    70 FR 54381

    Notice

    01/11/06

    71 FR 1753

    Comment Period End

    02/10/06

    Notice

    03/24/06

    71 FR 14893

    Notice

    04/19/06

    71 FR 20101

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Thomas Chandler, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1475

    Email: thomas.chandler@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG76

    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Long-Term Actions

    Office of Engineering and Technology

  12. REVISION OF THE RULES REGARDING ULTRA-WIDEBAND TRANSMISSION

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154; 47 USC 302 to 304; 47 USC 307; 47 USC 544A

    Abstract: The First Report and Order amends the Commission's rules to permit the marketing and operation of certain types of new products incorporating Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology. UWB devices operate by employing very narrow or short duration pulses that result in very large or wideband transmission bandwidths. UWB technology holds great promise for a vast array of new applications that we believe will provide significant benefits for public safety, businesses and consumers. With appropriate technical standards, UWB devices can operate using spectrum occupied by existing radio services without causing interference, thereby permitting scarce spectrum resources to be used more efficiently.

    The Memorandum Opinion and Order responded to fourteen petitions for reconsideration that were filed in response to the regulations for unlicensed ultra-wideband (UWB) operations. In general, this document does not make any significant changes to the existing UWB parameters as the Commission is reluctant to do so until it has more experience with

    UWB devices. The Commission believes that any major changes to the rules for existing UWB product categories at this early stage would be disruptive to current industry product development efforts.

    The Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposed new rules to address issues raised by some of the petitions for reconsideration that were

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    outside the scope of the proceeding. New rules were proposed to address issues regarding the operation of low pulse repetition frequency UWB systems, including vehicular radars, in the 3.1-10.6 GHz band; and the operation frequency hopping vehicular radars in the 22-29 GHz band as

    UWB devices. The Commission also proposed new rules that would establish new peak power limits for wideband part 15 devices that do no operate as UWB devices and proposed to eliminate the definition of a

    UWB device.

    The Second Report and Order and Second Memorandum Opinion and Order responds to two petitions for reconsideration that were filed in response to the Commission's decision to establish regulations for unlicensed UWB operation. It also responds to the rulemaking proposals contained in the Memorandum Opinion and Order and Further Notice of

    Proposed Rulemaking in this docket. The order establishes new rules for wideband unlicensed devices operating in the 5925-7250 MHz, 16.2-17.7

    GHz, and 22.12-29 GHz bands.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    06/14/00

    65 FR 37332

    NPRM Comment Period End

    10/12/00

    First R&O

    05/16/02

    67 FR 34852

    MO&O

    04/22/03

    68 FR 19746

    FNPRM

    04/22/03

    68 FR 19773

    Second R&O and Second MO&O

    02/09/05

    70 FR 6771

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: John Reed, Electronics Engineer, Federal Communications

    Commission, Office of Engineering and Technology, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-2455

    Fax: 202 418-1944

    Email: jreed@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH47

  13. NEW ADVANCED WIRELESS SERVICES (ET DOCKET NO. 00-258)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 157(a); 47 USC 303(c); 47 USC 303(f); 47 USC 303(g); 47 USC 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    01/23/01

    66 FR 7438

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    NPRM Comment Period End

    03/09/01

    Final Report

    04/11/01

    66 FR 18740

    FNPRM

    09/13/01

    66 FR 47618

    MO&O

    09/13/01

    66 FR 47591

    First R&O

    10/25/01

    66 FR 53973

    Petition for Recon

    11/02/01

    66 FR 55666

    Second R&O

    01/24/03

    68 FR 3455

    Third NPRM

    03/13/03

    68 FR 12015

    Seventh R&O

    12/29/04

    69 FR 7793

    Petition for Recon

    04/13/05

    70 FR 19469

    Eighth R&O

    10/26/05

    70 FR 61742

    Order

    10/26/05

    70 FR 61742

    NPRM

    10/26/05

    70 FR 61752

    Public Notice

    12/14/05

    70 FR 74011

    Ninth R&O and Order

    05/24/06

    71 FR 29818

    Petition for Recon

    07/19/06

    71 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

  14. TRANSFER OF THE 3650 THROUGH 3700 MHZ BAND FROM FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

    USE (WT DOCKET NO. 05-96; ET DOCKET NO. 02-380)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154; 47 USC 157; 47 USC 303; 47 USC 307; 47 USC 332

    Abstract: This proceeding seeks to determine whether the 3650 to 3700

    MHz band should be used for unlicensed devices or some or all of the band should be used for unlicensed options.

    In January 1999, the 3650-3700 MHz band (3650 MHz band) was transferred from Government/non-Government shared use to a mixed-use band. In

    October 2000, in ET Docket No. 98-237, the FCC allocated the band to fixed and mobile terrestrial services on a co-primary basis, but in order to protect grandfathered Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) earth stations and Federal Government radiolocation operations, limited the mobile allocation to base stations use only. At this same time, the FCC proposed licensing and service rules for fixed and mobile operations in the band. Subsequently, in December 2002, in ET Docket No. 02-380, the

    FCC sought comment, in part, on the possibility of allowing unlicensed devices to operate in the 3650 MHz band. In April 2004, in ET Docket

    No. 04-151, the FCC followed-up on this inquiry by releasing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on whether the 3650 MHz band should be used for unlicensed devices or part or all of the band should be used for licensed operations.

    The NPRM proposes to allow unlicensed devices to operate in all, or part, of the 3650 MHz band at higher power levels than usually permitted for unlicensed services. These devices would be subject to smart (or cognitive) requirements and other safeguards designed to prevent interference to the licensed FSS earth stations now resident in the band. As with other unlicensed devices, these devices would not be permitted to cause interference to licensed services, such as the FSS earth stations, and would have to accept interference. The NPRM also seeks comment on other options for the band, including licensed use of the band by fixed and mobile services, or segmenting the 3650 MHz band to provide for a combination of unlicensed and licensed terrestrial services. The Notice seeks comment on issues related both to allocation changes necessary to set the relative priority between terrestrial and

    FSS licensed operations, and to licensing rule changes necessary to implement licensed terrestrial service operations.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    03/16/00

    65 FR 14230

    First R&O and Second NPRM

    11/17/00

    65 FR 69612

    Petition for Recon

    03/28/01

    66 FR 16940

    R&O

    02/27/02

    67 FR 17038

    MO&O and Third R&O

    05/02/03

    68 FR 38635

    Notice of Inquiry

    01/21/03

    68 FR 2730

    NPRM

    05/14/04

    69 FR 26790

    Final Rule

    05/11/05

    70 FR 24712

    Final Rule

    07/20/05

    70 FR 41631

    MO&O

    07/25/07

    72 FR 40767

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Jeffrey Dygert, Electronics Engineer, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-7300

    Email: jeffrey.dygert@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH75

  15. EXPOSURE TO RADIOFREQUENCY ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 302 and 303; 47 USC 309(j); 47 USC 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    09/08/03

    68 FR 52879

    NPRM Comment Period End

    12/08/03

    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

  16. UNLICENSED OPERATION OF THE 3650-3700 BAND (ET DOCKET NO. 04-151)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154

    Abstract: The notice of proposed rulemaking proposed to maximize the efficient use of the 3650-3700 MHz band. The proposal would allow unlicensed devices to operate in either all, or portions of, this radiofrequency (RF) band under flexible technical limitations with smart/cognitive features that should prevent interference to licensed satellite services. The proposal fostered the introduction of new and advanced services to the American public, especially in rural areas.

    The Report and Order adopted rules that provide for nationwide, non- exclusive, licensing of terrestrial operations, utilizing technology with a contention-base protocol, in the 3650-3700 MHz band. The

    Commission also adopted a streamlined licensing

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    mechanism with minimal regulatory entry requirements that will encourage multiple entrants and stimulate the rapid expansion of wireless broadband services---especially in rural American and will also serve as a safeguard to protect incumbent satellite earth stations from harmful interference.

    In the Memorandum Opinion and Order, the Commission addressed several petitions for reconsideration and an emergency motion for stay that were filed in response 3650 MHz Allocation Order in ET Docket No. 98- 237.

    In light of its full review of the refreshed record in this proceeding, and in light of the decisions made in the companion Report and Order, the Commission denied the aspects of the petitions that challenge and seek to reverse the allocation decisions made in the 3650 MHz

    Allocation Order.

    The Commission denied the motion for stay. When the Commission established the November 30, 2000, filing deadline, it did so because it found that additional new FSS facilities permitted by the Freeze

    Memorandum Opinion and Order could affect the use of the 3650-3700 MHz band by the terrestrial services. By deciding in this Order to maintain the FSS allocation changes made in the 3650 MHz Allocation Order, the

    Commission, reaffirmed its conclusion that allowing additional primary

    FSS earth stations in the 3650 MHz band could negatively affect the prospects for viable FS/MS terrestrial operations.

    The Memorandum Opinion and Order addressed petitions for reconsideration filed in response to the Commission's Report and Order relating to the 3650-3700 MHz band (3650 MHz band) proceeding. The

    Commission affirmed its previous decisions to create a spectrum environment that will encourage multiple entrants and stimulate the expansion of broadband service to rural and under served areas. To facilitate rapid deployment in the band, the Commission maintains the previously adopted, non-exclusive licensing scheme. The clarification and modification will facilitate operation of the widest variety of broadband technologies with minimal risk of interference in both the near and long terms. They should further reduce the potential for co- channel interference, provide additional protections to the multiple users in the band under the current licensing regime, and create incentives for the rapid development of broadly compatible contention technologies.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    05/14/04

    69 FR 26790

    R&O & MO&O

    05/11/05

    70 FR 24712

    MO&O

    07/25/07

    72 FR 40767

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Jeffrey Dygert, Electronics Engineer, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-7300

    Email: jeffrey.dygert@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI50

  17. UNLICENSED OPERATION IN THE TV BROADCAST BANDS (ET DOCKET NO. 04- 186)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 302; 47 USC 303(e) and 303(f); 47 USC 303(r); 47 USC 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.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    06/18/04

    69 FR 34103

    First R&O

    11/17/06

    71 FR 66876

    FNPRM

    11/17/06

    71 FR 66897

    R&O and MO&O

    02/17/08

    73 FR 7314

    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

  18. UNLICENSED DEVICES AND EQUIPMENT APPROVAL (ET DOCKET NO. 03-201)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154; 47 USC 302(a); 47 USC 303; 47 USC 306

    Abstract: The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposed to update section 15.247 of the rules to allow the use of more efficient antenna technologies with unlicensed devices.

    The Report and Order updates several technical rules for unlicensed radiofrequency devices in part 15 of the Commission's rules. The rule changes will allow device manufacturers to develop expanded applications for unlicensed devices and will allow unlicensed device operators, including Wireless Internet Service providers greater flexibility to modify or substitute parts as long as the overall system operation is unchanged. The changes are part of an ongoing process of updating our rules to promote more efficient sharing of spectrum used by unlicensed devices and remove unnecessary regulations that inhibit such sharing. The Commission received one petition for reconsideration in this proceeding.

    The Second Report and Order amended the Commission's rules to provide for more efficient equipment authorization of both existing modular transmitter devices and emerging partitioned (or ``split'') modular transmitter devices. These rule changes will benefit manufacturers by allowing greater flexibility in certifying equipment and providing relief from the need to obtain a new equipment authorization each time the same transmitter is installed in a different final product. The rule changes will also enable manufacturers to develop more flexible and more advanced unlicensed transmitter technologies. The Commission further found that modular transmitter devices authorized in accordance with the revised equipment authorization procedures will not pose any increased

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    risk of interference to other radio operations.

    The Further NPRM, seeks comment on whether there is a need to require unlicensed transmitters operating in the 915 MHz band under sections 15.247 and 15.249 of the rules to comply with a spectrum etiquette requirement, and the impact that requiring an etiquette would have on the development and operation of unlicensed 915 MHz devices operating under those rule sections. The Commission also seeks comment on the particular etiquette suggested by Cellnet that would require digitally modulated spread spectrum transmitters operating in the 915 MHz band under section 15.247 of the rules to operate at less than the 1-watt maximum power if they are continuously silent less than 90 percent of the time within a 0.4 second interval. This etiquette would require that the maximum permitted power level decrease in accordance with a specified formula as the silent interval between transmission decreases. The Commission further seeks comment on alternatives to the etiquette suggested by Cellnet.

    The Memorandum Opinion and Order dismissed two petitions for reconsideration of the rules adopted in the Report and Order, 69 FR 54027, September 7, 2004, in this proceeding. It dismissed a petition for reconsideration filed by Warren C. Havens and Telesaurus Holdings

    GB LLC (Havens) requesting that the Commission suspend the rule changes adopted for unlicensed devices in the 902-928 MHz (915 MHz) band until such time as it completes a formal inquiry with regard to the potential effect of such changes to Location and Monitoring Service (LMS) licensees in the band. The Commission also dismissed a petition for reconsideration filed by Cellnet Technology (Cellnet) requesting that the Commission adopt spectrum sharing requirements in the unlicensed bands, for example, a ``spectrum etiquette,`` particularly in the 915

    MHz band.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    09/17/03

    68 FR 68823

    R&O

    09/07/04

    69 FR 54027

    Petition for Recon

    11/19/04

    69 FR 67736

    Petition for Recon

    02/15/05

    70 FR 7737

    Second R&O

    05/23/07

    72 FR 28889

    FNPRM

    08/01/07

    72 FR 42011

    MO&O

    08/01/07

    72 FR 41937

    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-AI54

    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Long-Term Actions

    International Bureau

  19. STREAMLINING THE COMMISSION'S RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR SATELLITE

    APPLICATION AND LICENSING PROCEDURES (IB DOCKET NO. 95-117)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 4; 47 USC 154; 47 USC 303; 47 USC 554; 47 USC 701 to 744

    Abstract: On February 10, 1997, the FCC adopted rules and policies that streamlined the application and licensing requirements of part 25 of its rules, which deals with communication satellites and earth stations. The streamlined rules waived the construction permit requirement for satellite space stations, changed the license term for temporary fixed earth stations; and adjusted or changed the rules concerning minor modifications and basic requirements for satellite service applications. The streamlined rules also resulted in the creation of a new application form, FCC Form 312. Form 312 eliminated from the International Bureau's use of the FCC Form 493, FCC Form 430,

    FCC Form 702, and FCC Form 704. Petitions for Reconsideration were filed in this matter. In March 1997, the Commission released a Public

    Notice concerning these petitions. The Commission addressed the issues in the Petitions for Reconsideration in an Order released on October 10, 2008.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    09/09/95

    60 FR 46252

    R&O, Recon Pending

    02/10/97

    62 FR 5924

    Public Notice/Petitions for

    Recon

    03/26/97

    62 FR 14430

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Steven Spaeth, Assistant Division Chief, Federal

    Communications Commission, International Bureau, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1539

    Fax: 202 418-0748

    Email: steven.spaeth@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AD70

  20. ESTABLISHING RULES AND POLICIES FOR THE USE OF SPECTRUM FOR MOBILE

    SATELLITE SERVICE IN THE L-BAND (IB DOCKET NO. 96-132)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154; 47 USC 303; 47 USC 316; 47 USC 403

    Abstract: The Commission has established licensing policies to govern mobile-satellite services (MSS) in the L-band. Specifically, the

    Commission has modified the license of Motient Services, Inc.

    (Motient), the only U.S. MSS system currently authorized to operate in the L-band, to use up to 20 megahertz of spectrum across the entire L- band. Previously, Motient was authorized only to operate in the upper portion of the L-band. In addition, the Commission has adopted and incorporated into part 25 of the rules specific operational parameters and technical requirements to ensure the integrity of maritime distress and safety communications service will not be compromised by MSS operation in the lower portion of the L-band. Petitions for reconsideration were filed.

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    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    06/18/96

    61 FR 40772

    NPRM Comment Period End

    09/23/96

    R&O

    08/07/02

    67 FR 51105

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Andrea Kelly, Chief, Policy Branch, Federal

    Communications Commission, International Bureau, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-7877

    Fax: 202 418-0748

    Email: andrea.kelly@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AF89

  21. 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 USC 151; 47 USC 151(i); 47 USC 154(j); 47 USC 157; 47 USC 309(j)

    Abstract: The Commission is proposing rules to govern satellite digital audio radio services (SDARS). The Commission adopted service rules for

    SDARS in 1997 and sought further comment on proposed rules governing the use of complementary terrestrial repeaters. The Commission released a second further notice of proposed rulemaking in January 2008 to consider new proposals for rules governing terrestrial repeaters and operations of Wireless Communications Service (WCS) devices in the 2305--2360 MHz band.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    06/15/95

    60 FR 35166

    R&O

    03/11/97

    62 FR 11083

    FNPRM

    04/18/97

    62 FR 19095

    Second FNPRM

    01/15/08

    73 FR 2437

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    03/17/08

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Stephen Duall, Attorney, Federal Communications

    Commission, International Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1103

    Fax: 202 418-0748

    Email: stephen.duall@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AF93

  22. ALLOCATE & DESIGNATE: SPEC FOR FIXED-SAT SRV (37.5-38.5, 40.5-41.5

    & 48.2-50.2 GHZ BANDS); ALLOCATE: FIXED & MOBILE 40.5-42.5 GHZ; WIRELESS 46.9-47 GHZ; GOV OPER 37-38 & 40-40.5 GHZ (IB DOCKET NO. 97)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 301 and 302; 47 USC 303(e) to 303(g); 47 USC 303(r); 47 USC 304; 47 USC 307

    Abstract: This item adopts a plan for nongovernment operations in the 36.0-51.4 GHz portion of the V-band, establishing priorities for different services in different parts of this band.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    04/04/97

    62 FR 16129

    R&O

    01/15/99

    64 FR 2585

    Correction

    02/08/99

    64 FR 6138

    Correction

    02/10/99

    64 FR 6565

    Notice of Petition for Recon 03/22/99

    64 FR 13796

    Order on Recon

    12/01/99

    FNPRM

    07/05/01

    66 FR 35399

    Second R&O

    08/25/04

    69 FR 52198

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Sean O'More, Federal Communications Commission,

    International Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-2453

    Email: sean.omore@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH23

  23. SPACE STATION LICENSING REFORM (IB DOCKET NO. 02-34)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 157; 47 USC 303(c); 47 USC 303(g);

    Abstract: The Commission has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

    (NPRM) to streamline its procedures for reviewing satellite license applications. Currently, the Commission uses processing rounds to review those applications. In a processing round, when an application is filed, the International Bureau (Bureau) issues a public notice establishing a cut-off date for other mutually exclusive satellite applications, and then considers all those applications together. In cases where sufficient spectrum to accommodate all the applicants is not available, the Bureau directs the applicants to negotiate a mutually agreeable solution. Those negotiations usually take a long time, and delay provision of satellite services to the public.

    The NPRM invites comment on two alternatives for expediting the satellite application process. One alternative is 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 is to streamline the processing round procedure by adopting one or more of the following proposals: (1) Placing a time limit on negotiations; (2) establishing criteria to select among competing applicants; (3) dividing 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 in this proceeding, 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 in this proceeding, the Commission extended

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    the mandatory electronic filing requirement to all satellite applications.

    In the Fifth Report and Order in this proceeding, 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    03/19/02

    67 FR 12498

    NPRM Comment Period End

    07/02/02

    Second R&O (Release Date)

    06/20/03

    68 FR 62247

    Second FNPRM (Release Date)

    07/08/03

    68 FR 53702

    Third R&O (Release Date)

    07/08/03

    68 FR 63994

    FNPRM

    08/27/03

    68 FR 51546

    First R&O

    08/27/03

    68 FR 51499

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    10/27/03

    Fourth R&O (Release Date)

    04/16/04

    69 FR 67790

    Fifth R&O, First Order on Recon

    (Release Date)

    07/06/04

    69 FR 51586

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Steven Spaeth, Assistant Division Chief, Federal

    Communications Commission, International Bureau, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1539

    Fax: 202 418-0748

    Email: steven.spaeth@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH98

  24. MITIGATION OF ORBITAL DEBRIS (IB DOCKET NO. 02-54)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 157(a); 47 USC 303(c); 47 USC 303(f) and 303(g); 47 USC 303(r)

    Abstract: The Commission has adopted rules that require all entities seeking FCC authorization for satellite services to address orbital debris mitigation as part of their application for FCC authorization.

    Orbital debris consists of artificial objects orbiting the Earth that are not functional spacecraft. In addition, the Commission established requirements for the removal of geostationary spacecraft from operational orbits at the end of their useful lives and amended the

    Commission's rules regarding orbit-raising maneuvers, the use of inclined orbits, and orbital longitudinal tolerance station-keeping requirements. The Commission indicated that it will seek further comment on the application of the Commission's longitudinal tolerance station-keeping requirements for Fixed-Satellite space stations to space stations in the Mobile-Satellite Service and remote sensing services.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    05/03/02

    67 FR 22376

    NPRM Comment Period End

    08/16/02

    First R&O

    08/27/03

    68 FR 59127

    Second R&O

    09/09/04

    69 FR 54581

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Stephen Duall, Attorney, Federal Communications

    Commission, International Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1103

    Fax: 202 418-0748

    Email: stephen.duall@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI06

  25. AMENDMENT OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES (IB DOCKET NO. 04-47)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 34 to 39; 47 USC 151; 47 USC 161; 47 USC 201 to 205;

    Abstract: FCC amended several rules. Specifically, FCC: (1) Amended the procedures for discontinuing an international service; (2) allowed U.S. carriers to resell the U.S.-inbound service of foreign carriers; and

    (3) amended the submarine cable landing licensing procedures compliance with the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972. The North American

    Submarine Cable Association filed a petition for reconsideration regarding the amendment to the submarine cable licensing procedures.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    03/22/04

    69 FR 13276

    NPRM Comment Period End

    06/07/04

    R&O

    09/25/07

    72 FR 54363

    Petition for Recon

    01/02/08

    73 FR 187

    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-AI41

  26. REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR U.S. PROVIDERS OF INTERNATIONAL

    TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES (IB DOCKET NO. 04-112)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154; 47 USC 161; 47 USC 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.

    FCC proposes to amend 47 CFR 43.61 and 47 CFR 43.82 and to repeal 47

    CFR 43.53.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    04/12/04

    NPRM Comment Period End

    08/23/04

    69 FR 29676

    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

  27. REVIEW OF THE SPECTRUM SHARING PLAN AMONG NON-GEOSTATIONARY

    SATELLITE ORBIT MOBILE SATELLITE SERVICE SYSTEMS IN THE 1.6/2.4 GHZ

    BANDS (IB DOCKET NO. 02-364)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154; 47 USC 302(a); 47 USC 303(e);

    Abstract: This docket involves the spectrum sharing plan for the low earth orbit satellite systems in the 1.6 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands (Big

    LEOs). In November 2007, the Commission resolved the 1.6 GHz spectrum sharing plan between Globalstar Inc. and Iridium Satellite LLC, whereby

    Globalstar will have exclusive MSS use

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    of 7.775 megahertz of spectrum at 1610-1617.775 MHz, Iridium will have exclusive MSS use of 7.775 megahertz of spectrum at 1618.725-1626.5

    MHz, and the two Big LEO operators will share 0.95 megahertz of spectrum at 1617.775-1618.725 MHz. Separately, in April 2006, the

    Commission affirmed the spectrum sharing plan between Globalstar and the fixed and mobile (except aeronautical mobile) services in the 2495- 2500 MHz band in order to accommodate the relocation of Broadband Radio

    Service Channel 1 to the 2496-2502 MHz band. (Iridium does not operate in the 2.4 GHz band.)

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    01/29/03

    68 FR 33666

    R&O

    08/09/04

    69 FR 48157

    FNPRM

    08/09/04

    69 FR 48192

    Petitions for Recon

    10/12/04

    69 FR 60626

    First Order on Recon

    06/19/06

    71 FR 35178

    Petitions for Further Recon

    07/27/06

    71 FR 44029

    Second Order on Recon and Second

    R&O

    12/13/07

    72 FR 70807

    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-AI44

  28. 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 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i) and (j); 47 USC 157(a); 47

    USC 301; 47 USC 303 (c); 47 USC 303 (f); 47 USC 303 (g); 47 USC 303

    (r); 47 USC 303 (y); 47 USC 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    07/08/07

    72 FR 39357

    NPRM Comment Period End

    09/04/07

    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)

    Long-Term Actions

    Media Bureau

  29. CABLE TELEVISION RATE REGULATION

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154; 47 USC 543

    Abstract: The Commission has adopted rate regulations to implement section 623 of the 1992 Cable Act to ensure that cable subscribers nationwide enjoy the rates that would be charged by cable systems operating in a competitive environment. Reconsideration was requested.

    The Fourteenth Order on Reconsideration addresses petitions on issues governing regulated services by cable systems. In a subsequent notice, comment was sought on recalibrating the competitive differential between rates of systems subject to effective competition and noncompetitive systems. In addition, comment was sought as to whether there may be a different approach to establish reasonable rates on the basic service tier.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    01/04/93

    58 FR 48

    R&O and FNPRM

    05/21/93

    58 FR 29736

    MO&O and FNPRM

    08/18/93

    58 FR 43816

    Third R&O

    11/30/93

    58 FR 63087

    Order on Recon, Fourth R&O, and

    Fifth NPRM

    04/15/94

    59 FR 17943

    Third Order on Recon

    04/15/94

    59 FR 17961

    Fifth Order on Recon and FNPRM 10/13/94

    59 FR 51869

    Fourth Order on Recon

    10/21/94

    59 FR 53113

    Sixth Order on Recon, Fifth R&O, and Seventh NPRM

    12/06/94

    59 FR 62614

    Seventh Order on Recon

    01/25/95

    60 FR 4863

    Ninth Order on Recon

    02/27/95

    60 FR 10512

    Eighth Order on Recon

    03/17/95

    60 FR 14373

    Sixth R&O and Eleventh Order on

    Recon

    07/12/95

    60 FR 35854

    Thirteenth Order on Recon

    10/05/95

    60 FR 52106

    Twelfth Order on Recon

    10/26/95

    60 FR 54815

    Tenth Order on Recon

    04/08/96

    61 FR 15388

    Order on Recon of the First R&O and FNPRM

    04/15/96

    61 FR 16447

    MO&O

    02/12/97

    62 FR 6491

    Report on Cable Industry Prices 02/24/97

    62 FR 8245

    R&O

    03/31/97

    62 FR 15118

    Fourteenth Order on Recon

    10/15/97

    62 FR 53572

    NPRM and Order

    09/05/02

    67 FR 56882

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: John Norton, Deputy Division Chief, Policy Division,

    Federal Communications Commission, Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-7037

    TDD Phone: 202 418-7172

    Fax: 202 418-1196

    Email: john.norton@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AF41

    Page 22035

  30. CABLE TELEVISION RATE REGULATION: COST OF SERVICE

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154; 47 USC 543

    Abstract: The Commission has established rules pursuant to which cable operators may set rates for regulated cable service in accordance with traditional cost-of-service principles, as modified to take account of unique characteristics of the cable industry. In the latest NPRM, comment was sought on rule changes that may be necessary or desirable in order to account for changes in the regulatory process resulting from the end of the Commission's statutory authority to regulate certain tiers of cable programming service.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    07/30/93

    58 FR 40762

    R&O

    04/15/94

    59 FR 17975

    Second NPRM

    04/15/94

    59 FR 18066

    MO&O

    10/14/94

    59 FR 52087

    Second R&O/First Order on Recon/

    FNPRM

    03/08/96

    61 FR 9361

    Correction

    03/22/96

    61 FR 11749

    NPRM and Order

    09/05/02

    67 FR 56882

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: John Norton, Deputy Division Chief, Policy Division,

    Federal Communications Commission, Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-7037

    TDD Phone: 202 418-7172

    Fax: 202 418-1196

    Email: john.norton@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AF48

  31. CABLE HOME WIRING

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 544(i)

    Abstract: On October 6, 1997, the FCC adopted a Report and Order and

    Second Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 97-376) that amends its cable inside wiring rules to enhance competition in the video distribution marketplace. The Second FNPRM seeks comment on, among other things, whether there are circumstances where the FCC should adopt restrictions on exclusive contracts in order to further promote competition in the multiple dwelling unit marketplace. The 2nd Report and Order addresses multiple dwelling units when the occupant charges video service providers. In the First Order on Reconsideration and the Second Report and Order, the Commission modified its rules in part. The United States

    Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit remanded a portion of the Commission decision back to the Commission for further consideration. In September 2004, the Commission issued an FNPRM in response to the courts decision. The subsequent Report and Order and

    Declaratory Ruling concluded that cable wiring behind sheet rock is physically inaccessible for determining the demarcation point.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    11/17/92

    57 FR 54209

    R&O

    03/02/93

    58 FR 11970

    NPRM

    02/01/96

    61 FR 3657

    First Order on Recon & FNPRM 02/16/96

    61 FR 6210

    FNPRM

    09/03/97

    62 FR 46453

    R&O and Second FNPRM

    11/14/97

    62 FR 60165

    First Order on Recon and Second

    R&O

    03/21/03

    68 FR 13850

    FNPRM

    10/15/04

    69 FR 61193

    R&O and Declaratory Ruling

    08/30/07

    72 FR 50074

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: John Norton, Deputy Division Chief, Policy Division,

    Federal Communications Commission, Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-7037

    TDD Phone: 202 418-7172

    Fax: 202 418-1196

    Email: john.norton@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG02

  32. COMPETITIVE AVAILABILITY OF NAVIGATION DEVICES (CS DOCKET NO. 97- 80)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 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, in 1998, the Commission required MVPDs to make available by July 1, 2000, a security element 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. MVPDs were permitted to continue providing equipment with integrated security until January 1, 2005, so long as modular security components, known as point-of-deployment modules, were also made available for use with host devices obtained through retail outlets. In April 2003, in response to requests from cable operators, the Commission extended the effective date of the integration ban until

    July 1, 2006. Then, in 2005, again at the urging of cable operators, the Commission extended that date until July 1, 2007. Also, in this proceeding, in April 2003, 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 June 2007, the Commission solicited comment on proposed standards to ensure bidirectional compatibility of cable television systems and consumer electronics equipment.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    03/05/97

    62 FR 10011

    R&O

    07/15/98

    63 FR 38089

    Order on Recon

    06/02/99

    64 FR 29599

    FNPRM & Declaratory Ruling

    09/28/00

    65 FR 58255

    FNPRM

    01/16/03

    68 FR 2278

    Order and FNPRM

    06/17/03

    68 FR 35818

    Second R&O

    11/28/03

    68 FR 66728

    FNPRM

    11/28/03

    68 FR 66776

    Order on Recon

    01/28/04

    69 FR 4081

    Second R&O

    06/22/05

    70 FR 36040

    Third FNPRM

    07/25/07

    72 FR 40818

    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

    Page 22036

    Email: brendan.murray@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG28

  33. CABLE HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL OWNERSHIP LIMITS (MM DOCKET NO. 92- 264)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154; 47 USC 303; 47 USC 533

    Abstract: Section 613 of the Communications Act requires the Commission to ``prescribe rules and regulations establishing reasonable limits on the number of cable subscribers a person is authorized to reach through cable systems owned by such person, or in which such person has an attributable interest.'' On October 8, 1999, the Commission issued a

    Third Report and Order, FCC 99-289, in this matter. The Commission revised the horizontal ownership rules as follows: (1) All multichannel video subscribers will be counted when calculating the 30 percent ownership limit; (2) actual subscriber numbers, rather than potential subscriber numbers, will be used for calculating an owner's share; and

    (3) the minority exception which allowed a 35 percent ownership limit for minority-owned entities under certain circumstances was eliminated.

    On March 2, 2001, the District of Columbia Circuit Court reversed and remanded the cable horizontal and vertical limits, as well as two aspects of the attribution rules used to determine compliance with these limits. (Time Warner Entertainment Co. v. FCC, 240 F.3d 1126 (DC cir. 2001)). Pursuant to the court's remand, the Commission solicited comment in a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (September 2001) and a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

    In the Fourth Report and Order, the Commission set the cable horizontal ownership limit at 30 percent. In the accompanying Further Notice of

    Proposed Rulemaking, comment was sought on issues regarding the cable attribution rules and appropriate channel occupancy limits.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    Second MO&O on Recon and FNPRM 07/14/98

    63 FR 37790

    Third R&O

    12/01/99

    64 FR 67198

    Order on Recon

    03/08/00

    65 FR 12135

    MO&O

    06/08/00

    65 FR 36382

    FNPRM

    10/11/01

    66 FR 51905

    Second FNPRM

    06/18/05

    70 FR 33680

    Fourth R&O and FNPRM

    02/29/08

    73 FR 11048

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Royce Sherlock, Chief, Industry Analysis Division,

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

    Phone: 202 418-7030

    Fax: 202 418-1196

    Email: rsherlock@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH09

  34. DIGITAL AUDIO BROADCASTING SYSTEMS (MM DOCKET NO. 99-325)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154; 47 USC 303

    Abstract: The rulemaking proceeding was initiated to foster the development and implementation of terrestrial digital audio broadcasting (DAB). The transition to DAB promises the benefits that have generally accompanied digitalization--better audio fidelity, more robust transmission systems, and the possibility of new auxiliary services. In the First Report and Order, the Commission selected in- band, on-channel as the technology that will permit AM and FM radio broadcasters to introduce digital operations. Consideration of formal standard-setting procedures and related broadcasting licensing and service rule changes are addressed in a Further Notice of Proposed

    Rulemaking. Further technical guidance is provided in a Second Report and Order.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    11/09/99

    64 FR 61054

    First R&O

    12/23/02

    67 FR 78193

    FNPRM and NOI

    05/14/04

    69 FR 27815

    Second R&O

    08/15/07

    72 FR 45712

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Peter Doyle, Chief, Audio Division, Federal

    Communications Commission, Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-2700

    Email: peter.doyle@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH40

  35. SECOND PERIODIC REVIEW OF RULES AND POLICIES AFFECTING THE

    CONVERSION TO DTV

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 4(i) and 4(j); 47 USC 303(r); 47 USC 307; 47

    USC 309; 47 USC 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    03/23/00

    65 FR 15600

    R&O

    02/13/01

    66 FR 9973

    MO&O

    12/18/01

    66 FR 65122

    Third MO&O and Order on Recon 10/02/02

    67 FR 61816

    Second R&O and Second MO&O

    10/11/02

    67 FR 63290

    NPRM

    02/18/03

    68 FR 7737

    R&O

    10/04/04

    69 FR 59500

    Second R&O

    05/10/07

    72 FR 26554

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Eloise Gore, Associate Bureau Chief, Federal

    Communications Commission, Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1066

    TDD Phone: 202 418-7172

    Fax: 202 418-1069

    Email: eloise.gore@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH54

    Page 22037

  36. DIRECT BROADCAST PUBLIC INTEREST OBLIGATIONS (MM DOCKET NO. 93-25)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 335

    Abstract: The Commission adopted rules in 1998 that implement section 25 of the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992, as codified at section 335 of the Communications Act of 1934.

    Section 335 directs the Commission to impose certain public interest obligations on direct broadcast satellite providers.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    03/08/93

    58 FR 12917

    R&O

    02/08/99

    64 FR 52399

    Order on Recon

    04/22/04

    69 FR 21761

    Order on Recon

    04/28/04

    69 FR 23155

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Rosalee Chiara, Staff Attorney, Federal Communications

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

    Phone: 202 418-0754

    Email: rchiara@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH59

  37. REVISION OF EEO RULES AND POLICIES (MM DOCKET NO. 98-204)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154; 47 USC 257; 47 USC 301; 47 USC 303; 47 USC 307 to 309; 47 USC 334; 47 USC 403; 47 USC 554

    Abstract: FCC authority to govern Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) responsibilities of cable television operators was codified in the

    Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984. This authority was extended to television broadcast licensees and other multi-channel video programming distributors in the Cable and Television Consumer

    Protection Act of 1992. In the Second Report and Order, the FCC adopted new EEO rules and policies. This action was in response to a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that found prior EEO rules unconstitutional. The Third Notice of Proposed

    Rulemaking (NPRM) requests comment as to the applicability of the EEO rules to part-time employees. The Third Report and Order adopted revised forms for broadcast station and MVPDs Annual Employment Report.

    In the Fourth NPRM, comment was sought regarding public access to the data contained in the forms.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    01/14/02

    67 FR 1704

    Second R&O and Third NPRM

    01/07/03

    68 FR 670

    Correction

    01/13/03

    68 FR 1657

    Fourth NPRM

    06/23/04

    69 FR 34986

    Third R&O

    06/23/04

    69 FR 34950

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Lewis Pulley, Asst. Chief, Policy Division, Media

    Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1450

    Email: lewis.pulley@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH95

  38. BROADCAST MULTIPLE AND CROSS-OWNERSHIP LIMITS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 152(a); 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 303; 47 USC 307; 47 USC 309 and 310

    Abstract: 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. Petitions for Reconsideration are pending. Also, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals remanded portions of the Commission's decisions. 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 adopts rule changes regarding newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership, but otherwise generally retains the other broadcast ownership rules currently in effect.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    10/05/01

    66 FR 50991

    R&O

    08/05/03

    68 FR 46286

    Public Notice

    02/19/04

    69 FR 9216

    FNPRM

    08/09/06

    71 FR 4511

    Second FNPRM

    08/08/07

    72 FR 44539

    R&O and Order on Recon

    02/21/08

    73 FR 9481

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Mania K. Baghdadi, Deputy Division Chief, Industry

    Analysis Division, Federal Communications Commission, Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-2130

    Email: mbaghda@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH97

  39. ESTABLISHMENT OF RULES FOR DIGITAL LOW POWER TELEVISION, TELEVISION

    TRANSLATOR, AND TELEVISION BOOSTER STATIONS (MB DOCKET NO. 03-185)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 309; 47 USC 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. Petitions for reconsideration of the Report and Order are pending resolution.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    09/26/03

    68 FR 55566

    R&O

    11/29/04

    69 FR 69325

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Keith Larson, Chief Engineer, Media Bureau, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-2607

    Email: keith.larson@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI38

    Page 22038

  40. JOINT SALES AGREEMENTS IN LOCAL TELEVISION MARKETS (MB DOCKET NO. 04-256)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151 to 152(a); 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    08/26/04

    69 FR 52464

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Debra Sabourin, Attorney Advisor, Federal

    Communications Commission, Mass Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-2130

    Email: debra.sabourin@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI55

  41. SIGNIFICANTLY VIEWED OUT-OF-MARKET BROADCAST STATIONS (MB DOCKET

    NO. 05-49)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i) and 154(j); 47 USC 340

    Abstract: Section 202 of the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and

    Reauthorization Act of 2004 creates section 340 of the Communications

    Act, which provides satellite carries with the authority to offer

    Commission determined ``significantly viewed'' signals of out-of-market broadcast stations to subscribers. In the NPRM, comment was sought on implementation of section 340. The resulting Report and Order adopted a list of significantly viewed stations and procedures for stations to petition the Commission for inclusion on the list.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    03/08/05

    70 FR 11314

    R&O

    12/27/05

    70 FR 76504

    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: 202 418-2120

    Email: evan.baranoff@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI56

  42. REVISION OF PROCEDURES GOVERNING AMENDMENTS TO FM TABLE OF

    ALLOTMENTS AND CHANGES OF COMMUNITY OF LICENSE IN THE RADIO BROADCAST

    SERVICES (MB DOCKET NO. 05-210)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154; 47 USC 303

    Abstract: The rulemaking was initiated to reduce backlog in, and streamline, the FM allotment procedures and, to a lesser extent, streamline certain procedures pertaining to AM applications. Although the Commission has made important changes to streamline the processing of radio broadcast applications, the basic procedures for amending the

    Table have not changed since 1982. The Notice seeks comment on a number of specific rule and procedural changes in the handling of FM and AM applications and rulemaking petitions to amend the Table. In the area of applications procedures, the Notice seeks comments on various proposals designed to encourage only bona fide proponents to submit petitions and to limit the complexity of such petitions. If these changes are adopted, it will expedite the approval and implementation on new and upgraded radio service to the public. The Report and Order adopted the proposals from the notice.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    06/22/05

    70 FR 44537

    NPRM Comment Period End

    10/03/05

    R&O

    12/20/06

    71 FR 76208

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Tom Nessinger, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications

    Commission, Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-2709

    Email: thomas.nessinger@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI63

  43. DIGITAL TELEVISION DISTRIBUTED TRANSMISSION SYSTEM TECHNOLOGIES (MB

    DOCKET NO. 05-312)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i) to (j); 47 USC 157; 47 USC 301;

    Abstract: A digital television transmission system (DTS) employs multiple synchronized transmitters spread around a station's service area. Such distributed transmitters fill in unserved areas in the parent station's coverage area. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

    (NPRM) examines issues related to the use of DTS and proposes rules for future DTS operation.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    12/07/05

    70 FR 72763

    R&O

    12/05/08

    73 FR 74047

    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: 202 418-2120

    Email: evan.baranoff@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI68

  44. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CABLE COMMUNICATIONS POLICY ACT OF 1984 AS

    AMENDED BY THE CABLE TELEVISION CONSUMER PROTECTION AND COMPETITION ACT

    OF 1992

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 541(a)(1); 47 USC 556(c)

    Abstract: Section 621(a)(1) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, states in relevant part that ``a franchising authority . .

    .may not unreasonably refuse to award an additional competitive franchise.'' The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) solicits comment on implementation of section 621(a)(1)'s directive, and whether the franchising process unreasonably impedes the achievement of the interrelated Federal goals of enhanced cable competition and accelerated broadband deployment and, if so, how the Commission should act to address that problem.

    The subsequent Report and Order found that certain actions by local franchising authorities constitute an unreasonable refusal to award a

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    competitive franchise within the meaning of section 621(a)(1). The item included a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) seeking comment on how the findings should affect existing franchises.

    In the Second Report and Order, a number of the rules promulgated in this docket are extended to incumbent cable operators.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    12/19/05

    70 FR 73973

    R&O and FNPRM

    03/21/07

    72 FR 13230

    Second R&O

    11/23/07

    72 FR 65670

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Holly Saurer, Attorney Advisor, Policy Division,

    Federal Communications Commission, Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-7283

    Fax: 202 418-1069

    Email: holly.saurer@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI69

  45. PROGRAM ACCESS RULES--SUNSET OF EXCLUSIVE CONTRACTS PROHIBITION AND

    EXAMINATION OF PROGRAMMING TYING ARRANGEMENTS; (MB DOCKET NOS. 07-29, 07-198)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 548

    Abstract: The program access provisions of the Communications Act

    (section 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 proceeding undertakes the required review. The

    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.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    03/01/07

    72 FR 9289

    R&O

    10/04/07

    72 FR 56645

    NPRM

    10/31/07

    72 FR 61590

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: David Konczal, Federal Communications Commission, Media

    Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-2228

    Email: david.konczal@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI87

  46. THIRD PERIODIC REVIEW OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES AND POLICIES

    AFFECTING THE CONVERSION TO DIGITAL TELEVISION (MB DOCKET NO. 07-91)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 154(j); 47 USC 301 to 303; 47 USC 307 to 309; 47 USC 312; 47 USC 316; 47 USC 318 and 319; 47 USC 324 and 325; 47 USC 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    07/09/07

    72 FR 37310

    R&O

    01/30/08

    73 FR 5634

    Order on Clarification

    07/10/08

    73 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: 202 418-2120

    Email: evan.baranoff@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI89

  47. DTV CONSUMER EDUCATION INITIATIVE (MB DOCKET NO. 07-148)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 303(r); 47 USC 335 and 336

    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. From the beginning of the digital transition, the Commission has been committed to working with representatives from industry, public interest groups, and Congress to make the significant benefits of digital broadcasting available to the public. The digital transition will make valuable spectrums available for both public safety uses and expanded wireless competition and innovation. It will also provide consumers with better quality television picture and sound, and make new services available through multicasting. These innovations, however, are dependent upon widespread consumer understanding of the benefits and the mechanics of the transition. While the Commission has been engaged in various DTV outreach efforts, this proceeding was initiated to seek public comment on whether there are additional steps relating to consumer education about the digital transition which the Commission should take.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    08/16/07

    72 FR 46014

    R&O

    03/24/08

    73 FR 15431

    FNPRM

    05/28/08

    73 FR 30591

    Order

    06/26/08

    73 FR 36282

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Lyle Elder, 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-AI96

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  48. BROADCAST LOCALISM (MB DOCKET NO. 04-233)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 303; 47 USC 532; 47 USC 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    02/13/08

    73 FR 8255

    NPRM Comment Period End

    03/14/08

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: William Freedman, Associate Chief, Media Bureau,

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

    Phone: 202 418-1415

    Email: william.freedman@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AJ04

  49. CREATING A LOW POWER RADIO SERVICE (MM DOCKET NO. 99-25)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151 to 152; 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 303; 47 USC 403; 47 USC 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 December 2000, legislation was enacted that required the Commission to modify its rules to (i) prescribe LPFM station third-adjacent channel interference protection standards and (ii) prohibit any applicant from obtaining an LPFM station license if the applicant previously has engaged in the unlicensed operation of a station. In March 2001, the Commission adopted a Second Report and Order implementing this statute.

    In a Further Notice issued in 2005, the Commission reexamined some of its rules governing the LPFM service, noting that the rules may 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.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    12/16/99

    64 FR 2577

    R&O

    02/15/00

    65 FR 7616

    MO&O and Order on Recon

    11/09/00

    65 FR 67289

    Second R&O

    05/10/01

    66 FR 23861

    Second Order on Recon and FNPRM 07/07/05

    70 FR 3918

    Third R&O and Second FNPRM

    01/17/08

    73 FR 3202

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Peter Doyle, Chief, Audio Division, Federal

    Communications Commission, Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-2700

    Email: peter.doyle@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AJ07

  50. SPONSORSHIP IDENTIFICATION RULES AND EMBEDDED ADVERTISING (MB

    DOCKET NO. 08-90)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154(i) and (j); 47 USC 303(r); 47 USC 303(a); 47 USC 317; 47 USC 405; 47 USC 508

    Abstract: The Commission undertook this proceeding to seek comment on the relationship between the Commission's sponsorship identification rules and the increasing reliance on industry by embedded advertising techniques. Due to recent technological changes that allow consumers to more easily bypass traditional commercial content, content providers may be turning to more subtle and sophisticated means of incorporating commercial messages into programming. The NPRM will seek to determine how embedded advertising affects the efficacy of the sponsorship identification rules in protecting the public's right to know who is paying to air commercials or other programming matter on broadcast outlets and cable television systems.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM and NOI

    07/24/08

    73 FR 43194

    NPRM Comment Period End

    09/22/08

    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-AJ10

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    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Completed Actions

    Media Bureau

  51. DIGITAL BROADCAST CONTENT PROTECTION (MB DOCKET NO. 02-230)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 303; 47 USC 403; 47 USC 601

    Abstract: This rulemaking examines the use of a content protection mechanism for digital broadcast television. The Report and Order adopted an anti-piracy mechanism known as the ``broadcast flag.''

    Products capable of receiving DTV over-the-air signals must comply with the broadcast flag requirements by July 1, 2005. The Further Notice of

    Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) seeks comment on the process for approving digital recording and output content protection technologies.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    08/20/02

    67 FR 53903

    R&O

    12/03/03

    68 FR 67599

    FNPRM

    12/03/03

    68 FR 67624

    Final Rule

    01/20/04

    69 FR 2688

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Susan Mort, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications

    Commission, Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1043

    Fax: 202 418-1069

    Email: susan.mort@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI37

    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Long-Term Actions

    Office of Managing Director

  52. ASSESSMENT AND COLLECTION OF REGULATORY FEES

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    04/06/06

    71 FR 17410

    R&O

    08/02/06

    71 FR 43842

    NPRM

    05/02/07

    72 FR 20213

    R&O and FNPRM

    08/16/07

    72 FR 46010

    NPRM

    05/28/08

    73 FR 30563

    R&O and FNPRM

    08/26/08

    73 FR 50201

    Comment Period End

    09/25/08

    Reply Comment Period End

    10/27/08

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Mika Savir, Attorney, Federal Communications

    Commission, Office of the Managing Director, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-0384

    Email: mika.savir@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI79

    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Long-Term Actions

    Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau

  53. REVISION OF THE RULES TO ENSURE COMPATIBILITY WITH ENHANCED 911

    EMERGENCY CALLING SYSTEMS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 134(i); 47 USC 151; 47 USC 201; 47 USC 208; 47

    USC 215; 47 USC 303; 47 USC 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    FNPRM

    08/02/96

    61 FR 40374

    R&O

    08/02/96

    61 FR 40348

    MO&O

    01/16/98

    63 FR 2631

    Second R&O

    06/28/99

    64 FR 34564

    Third R&O

    11/04/99

    64 FR 60126

    Second MO&O

    12/29/99

    64 FR 72951

    Fourth R&O, Third NPRM, and NPRM09/19/00

    65 FR 56752

    Fourth MO&O

    10/02/00

    65 FR 58657

    FNPRM

    06/13/01

    66 FR 31878

    Order

    11/02/01

    66 FR 55618

    R&O

    05/23/02

    67 FR 36112

    Public Notice

    07/17/02

    67 FR 46909

    Order to Stay

    07/26/02

    Order on Recon

    01/22/03

    68 FR 2914

    FNPRM

    01/23/03

    68 FR 3214

    Second R&O, Second FNPRM

    02/11/04

    69 FR 6578

    Second R&O

    09/07/04

    69 FR 54037

    NPRM

    06/20/07

    72 FR 33948

    NPRM Comment Period End

    08/20/07

    Order on Recon

    10/11/07

    72 FR 57879

    R&O

    02/14/08

    73 FR 8617

    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

  54. ENHANCED 911 SERVICES FOR WIRELINE

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 201; 47 USC 222; 47

    USC 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    10/11/94

    59 FR 54878

    FNPRM

    01/23/03

    68 FR 3214

    Second FNPRM

    02/11/04

    69 FR 6595

    R&O

    02/11/04

    69 FR 6578

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    Public Notice

    01/13/05

    70 FR 2405

    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

  55. IN THE MATTER OF THE COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANCE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

    ACT

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 229; 47 USC 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    10/10/97

    62 FR 63302

    Order

    01/13/98

    63 FR 1943

    FNPRM

    11/16/98

    63 FR 63639

    R&O

    01/29/99

    64 FR 51462

    Order

    03/29/99

    64 FR 14834

    Second R&O

    09/23/99

    64 FR 51462

    Third R&O

    09/24/99

    64 FR 51710

    Order on Recon

    09/28/99

    64 FR 52244

    Policy Statement

    10/12/99

    64 FR 55164

    Second Order on Recon

    05/04/01

    66 FR 22446

    Order

    10/05/01

    66 FR 50841

    Order on Remand

    05/02/02

    67 FR 21999

    NPRM

    09/23/04

    69 FR 56976

    First R&O

    10/13/05

    70 FR 59704

    Second R&O

    07/05/06

    71 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

  56. DEVELOPMENT OF OPERATIONAL, TECHNICAL, AND SPECTRUM REQUIREMENTS

    FOR PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS REQUIREMENTS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154; 47 USC 160; 47 USC 201 and 202; 47 USC 303; 47 USC 337(a); 47 USC 403

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    10/09/97

    62 FR 60199

    Second NPRM

    11/07/97

    62 FR 60199

    First R&O

    11/02/98

    63 FR 58645

    Third NPRM

    11/02/98

    63 FR 58685

    MO&O

    11/04/99

    64 FR 60123

    Second R&O

    08/08/00

    65 FR 48393

    Fourth NPRM

    08/25/00

    65 FR 51788

    Second MO&O

    09/05/00

    65 FR 53641

    Third MO&O

    11/07/00

    65 FR 66644

    Third R&O

    11/07/00

    65 FR 66644

    Fifth NPRM

    02/16/01

    66 FR 10660

    Fourth R&O

    02/16/01

    66 FR 10632

    MO&O

    09/27/02

    67 FR 61002

    NPRM

    11/08/02

    67 FR 68079

    R&O

    12/13/02

    67 FR 76697

    NPRM

    04/27/05

    70 FR 21726

    R&O

    04/27/05

    70 FR 21671

    NPRM

    04/07/06

    71 FR 17786

    NPRM

    09/21/06

    71 FR 55149

    Ninth NPRM

    01/10/07

    72 FR 1201

    Ninth NPRM Comment Period End 02/26/07

    R&O and FNPRM

    05/02/07

    72 FR 24238

    R&O and FNPRM Comment Period End05/23/07

    Second R&O

    08/24/07

    72 FR 48814

    Second FNPRM

    05/21/08

    73 FR 29582

    Third FNPRM

    10/03/08

    73 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

  57. 1998 BIENNIAL REGULATORY REVIEW--REVIEW OF ACCOUNTS SETTLEMENT IN

    MARITIME MOBILE AND MARITIME MOBILE-SATELLITE RADIO SERVICES; (IB DOCKET

    NO. 98-96)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154(i) and 154(j); 47 USC 201 to 205; 47 USC 303(r)

    Abstract: The FCC seeks comment regarding Accounts Settlement in the

    Maritime Mobile and Maritime Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) Radio

    Services.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    07/24/98

    63 FR 39800

    FNPRM

    07/28/99

    64 FR 40808

    R&O

    07/28/99

    64 FR 40774

    Comment Period Extended

    09/03/99

    64 FR 48337

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Timothy Peterson, Chief of Staff, PSHSB, Federal

    Communications Commission, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1575

    RIN: 3060-AH30

  58. IMPLEMENTATION OF 911 ACT

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i) and 154(j); 47 USC 157; 47

    USC 160; 47 USC 202; 47 USC 208; 47 USC 210; 47 USC 214; 47 USC 251(e); 47 USC 301; 47 USC 303; 47 USC 308 to 309(j); 47 USC 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.

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    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    Final Rule

    01/25/02

    67 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

  59. COMMISSION RULES CONCERNING DISRUPTIONS TO COMMUNICATIONS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 303(r)

    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 delegates 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    03/26/04

    69 FR 15761

    FNPRM

    11/26/04

    69 FR 68859

    R&O

    12/03/04

    69 FR 70316

    Announcement of Effective Date and Partial Stay

    12/30/04

    69 FR 78338

    Petition for Recon

    02/15/05

    70 FR 7737

    Amendment of Delegated Authority02/21/08

    73 FR 9462

    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

  60. E911 REQUIREMENTS FOR IP-ENABLED SERVICE PROVIDERS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i) and 154(j); 47 USC 251(e); 47 USC 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    06/29/05

    70 FR 37307

    NPRM Comment Period End

    09/12/05

    NPRM

    06/20/07

    72 FR 33948

    NPRM Comment Period End

    07/11/07

    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

  61. RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE INDEPENDENT PANEL REVIEWING THE IMPACT OF

    HURRICANE KATRINA ON COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 218; 47 USC 303(r)

    Abstract: In the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)in EB Docket No. 06-119, the Commission initiated a comprehensive rulemaking to address and implement the recommendations presented by the Independent Panel

    Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks

    (Independent Panel). The Independent Panel's report included recommendations which relate to: (1) Pre-positioning the communications industry and the government for disasters in order to achieve greater network reliability and resiliency; (2) improving recovery coordination to address existing shortcomings and to maximize the use of existing resources; (3) improving the operability and interoperability of public safety and 911 communications in times of crisis; and (4) improving communication of emergency information to the public. The Commission, in this proceeding, is to take the lessons learned from this disaster and build upon them to promote more effective, efficient response and recovery efforts as well as heightened readiness and preparedness in the future. To accomplish this goal, the Commission invited comment on what actions the Commission can take to address the Independent Panel's recommendations.

    Page 22044

    In the Order released June 8, 2007 (EB Docket No. 06-119 and WC Docket

    No. 06-63), the Commission directed the Public Safety and Homeland

    Security Bureau to implement several of the recommendations made by the

    Independent Panel. The Commission also adopted rules requiring some communications providers to have emergency/backup power and requiring certain communications providers to conduct analyses and submit reports on the redundancy and resiliency of their 911 and E911 networks and/or systems. Finally, the Commission extended limited regulatory relief from Section 272 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, previously accorded by the Wireline Competition Bureau.

    In an Order on Reconsideration released on October 4, 2007, the

    Commission considered six petitions for reconsideration and/or clarification of the June 2007 Order that adopted the backup power rule

    (section 12.2 of the Commission's rules). The Order on Reconsideration granted in part and denied in part the petitions. The Commission modified the backup power rule to address several meritorious issues raised by petitioners. This modification will facilitate carrier compliance and reduce the burden on local exchange carriers and commercial mobile radio service providers, while continuing to further important homeland security and public safety goals.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    07/07/06

    71 FR 38564

    Order

    07/11/07

    72 FR 37655

    Delay of Effective Date of Rule 08/10/07

    72 FR 44978

    Petitions for Recon

    08/20/07

    72 FR 46485

    Order on Recon

    10/11/07

    72 FR 57879

    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-AI78

  62. STOLEN VEHICLE RECOVERY SYSTEM (SVRS)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151 and 152; 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    08/23/06

    71 FR 49401

    NPRM Comment Period End

    10/10/06

    R&O

    10/14/08

    73 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

  63. THE COMMERCIAL MOBILE ALERT SYSTEM

    Legal Authority: PL 109-347 title VI; EO 13407; 47 USC 151; 47 USC 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.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    01/03/08

    73 FR 545

    NPRM Comment Period End

    02/04/08

    First R&O

    07/24/08

    73 FR 43009

    Second R&O

    08/14/08

    73 FR 47550

    FNPRM

    08/14/08

    73 FR 47568

    Third R&O

    09/22/08

    73 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

    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Long-Term Actions

    Wireless Telecommunications Bureau

  64. AMENDMENT OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES CONCERNING MARITIME

    COMMUNICATIONS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154; 47 USC 303

    Abstract: This amendment of the Maritime Radio Service Rules is to encourage growth and improve the regulatory structure in VHF maritime communications.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NOI/NPRM

    11/05/92

    57 FR 57717

    FNPRM

    04/26/95

    60 FR 35507

    First R&O

    04/26/95

    60 FR 34198

    Second FNPRM

    06/17/97

    62 FR 37533

    Second R&O

    06/17/97

    62 FR 40281

    Third R&O and MO&O

    07/06/98

    63 FR 40059

    MO&O

    04/26/99

    64 FR 26885

    Third NPRM

    12/08/00

    65 FR 76966

    Fourth R&O

    12/13/00

    65 FR 77821

    Fourth NPRM

    02/04/02

    67 FR 5080

    Second MO&O and Fifth R&O

    07/25/02

    67 FR 48560

    R&O

    08/13/03

    68 FR 48446

    MO&O

    04/15/04

    69 FR 19947

    Correcting Amendment

    07/26/04

    69 FR 44471

    Page 22045

    Second R&O and Sixth R&O

    11/08/04

    69 FR 64664

    Final Rule

    10/12/06

    71 FR 60075

    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-AF14

  65. 39 GHZ CHANNEL PLAN

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154; 47 USC 302; 47 USC 524

    Abstract: This proceeding amends the FCC's rules to facilitate more effective use of the 39 GHz band.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    01/26/96

    61 FR 2465

    NPRM Comment Period End

    02/12/96

    Order

    02/22/96

    61 FR 6809

    Reply Comments

    02/27/96

    Order

    05/01/96

    61 FR 19236

    Second NPRM

    01/21/98

    63 FR 3075

    R&O

    02/06/98

    63 FR 6079

    MO&O

    08/23/99

    64 FR 45891

    NPRM

    12/20/99

    64 FR 71088

    R&O

    01/02/01

    66 FR 33

    NPRM

    12/21/01

    66 FR 65866

    R&O

    03/04/02

    67 FR 9610

    R&O

    12/03/02

    67 FR 71861

    R&O

    08/13/03

    68 FR 48446

    Third NPRM

    08/27/04

    69 FR 52632

    Third NPRM Comment Period

    Extended

    10/04/04

    69 FR 59166

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Ken Burnley, Staff Attorney, Federal Communications

    Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-0664

    Email: kburnley@fcc.gov

    Jennifer Burton, Attorney, Federal Communications Commission, Wireless

    Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-7581

    RIN: 3060-AG16

  66. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT, AMENDMENT OF THE

    COMMISSION'S RULES--BROADBAND PCS COMPETITIVE BIDDING AND THE COMMERCIAL

    MOBILE RADIO SERVICE SPECTRUM CAP

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 301 and 302; 47 USC 303(r); 47

    USC 309(j); 47 USC 332

    Abstract: NPRM to modify the competitive bidding rules for the

    Broadband PCS F Block. Report and Order, adopted June 21,1996, modified the PCS/cellular rule and the cellular spectrum cap.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    O on Recon of Fifth MO&O and D,

    E, & F R&O

    11/15/00

    65 FR 68927

    Final Rule

    03/02/01

    66 FR 13022

    Final Rule

    06/04/01

    66 FR 29911

    Third NPRM

    08/27/04

    69 FR 52632

    Third NPRM Comment Period

    Extended

    10/04/04

    69 FR 59166

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Audrey Bashkin, Staff Attorney, Federal Communications

    Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-7535

    Email: abashkin@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG21

  67. AMENDMENT OF PART 90 OF THE RULES TO ADOPT REGULATIONS FOR

    AUTOMATIC VEHICLE MONITORING SYSTEMS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154; 47 USC 251 and 252; 47 USC 303; 47 USC 309; 47 USC 332

    Abstract: This Second Report and Order adopts rules and procedures governing competitive bidding for multilateration Location and

    Monitoring Service (LMS) frequencies.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    10/06/97

    62 FR 52078

    NPRM Comment Period End

    11/20/97

    Second R&O

    07/30/98

    63 FR 40659

    NPRM

    05/03/99

    64 FR 23571

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Richard Arsenault, Chief Counsel, Mobility Division,

    WTB, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-0920

    Email: richard.arsenault@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH12

  68. FIXED SATELLITE SERVICE AND TERRESTRIAL SYSTEM IN THE KU-BAND

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154; 47 USC 157; 47 USC 303

    Abstract: The Memorandum Opinion and Order and 2nd Report and Order addressed petitions for reconsideration and established technical, service, and licensing rules for Multichannel Video Distribution and

    Data Service (MVDDS) in the 12 GHz band. MVDDS will facilitate the delivery of new communications services, such as video and broadband services, to a wide range of populations, including those that are unserved or underserved. These rules will allow MVDDS licensees to share the 12 GHz band with new operators on a com-primary basis, and non-harmful interference basis with incumbent Direct Broadcast

    Satellite service providers.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    01/12/99

    64 FR 1786

    Order

    02/16/99

    64 FR 7577

    Public Notice

    12/15/99

    64 FR 70028

    FNPRM

    01/24/01

    66 FR 7607

    R&O

    02/16/01

    66 FR 10601

    Petitions for Recon

    04/09/01

    66 FR 18474

    Second R&O

    06/26/02

    67 FR 43031

    Third R&O

    06/18/03

    68 FR 42610

    Order To Deny

    07/25/03

    68 FR 43942

    Final Rule

    05/18/04

    69 FR 28062

    Final Rule

    06/07/04

    69 FR 28062

    Correcting Amendment

    10/04/04

    69 FR 59145

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Jennifer Mock, Federal Communications Commission,

    Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1890

    Email: jennifer.mock@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH17

    Page 22046

  69. SERVICE RULES FOR THE 746-764 AND 776-794 MHZ BANDS, AND REVISIONS

    TO THE COMMISSION'S RULES

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 1; 47 USC 4(i); 47 USC 7; 47 USC 10; 47 USC 201 and 202; 47 USC 208; 47 USC 214; 47 USC 301; 47 USC 303; 47 USC 307 and 308; 47 USC 309(j) and 309(k); 47 USC 310 and 311; 47 USC 315; 47 USC 317; 47 USC 324; 47 USC 331 and 332; 47 USC 336

    Abstract: The Report and Order in this proceeding adopts service rules for licensing and auction of commercial services in spectrum in the 700

    MHz band to be vacated by UHF television licensees.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    07/07/99

    64 FR 36686

    R&O

    01/20/00

    65 FR 3139

    Second R&O

    04/04/00

    65 FR 17594

    MO&O and FNPRM

    07/12/00

    65 FR 42879

    Second MO&O

    02/06/01

    66 FR 9035

    Third R&O

    02/14/01

    66 FR 10204

    Second MO&O

    02/15/01

    66 FR 10374

    Order on Recon of Third R&O

    10/10/01

    66 FR 51594

    Third MO&O and Order

    07/30/02

    67 FR 49244

    Second FNPRM

    05/21/08

    73 FR 29582

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: William Huber, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications

    Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-2109

    Fax: 202 418-0890

    Email: whuber@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH32

  70. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 AS AMENDED

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 303(r); 47 USC 309(j)

    Abstract: In the Fourth Memorandum Opinion and Order in WT Docket No. 99-87 (Fourth Memorandum Opinion and Order), the Federal Communications

    Commission (Commission or FCC) clarifies the Commission's Third Report and Order in this docket, and takes the opportunity to correct the inadvertent deletion of language in the rules regarding the schedule for Private Land Mobile Radio systems in the 150-174 MHz and 421-512

    MHz bands to transition to narrowband kHz technology.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    05/03/99

    64 FR 23571

    R&O

    01/02/01

    66 FR 33

    MO&O

    05/16/02

    67 FR 34848

    NPRM

    07/17/03

    68 FR 42337

    R&O

    07/17/03

    68 FR 42296

    Order

    04/06/04

    69 FR 17959

    Final Rule

    06/15/05

    70 FR 34666

    NPRM

    06/15/05

    70 FR 34726

    Final Rule

    05/11/05

    70 FR 24712

    Final Rule

    07/15/05

    70 FR 41631

    Final Rule

    04/18/07

    72 FR 19387

    Fourth MO&O

    06/17/08

    73 FR 34201

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Roberto Mussenden, Attorney Advisor, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-1428

    Email: roberto.mussenden@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH33

  71. AMENDMENT OF THE RULES TO LICENSE FIXED SERVICES AT 24 GHZ

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154; 47 USC 303; 47 USC 309(j)

    Abstract: This rulemaking proposes licensing and service rules to govern the 24 GHz band generally.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    12/20/99

    64 FR 71088

    R&O

    08/05/00

    65 FR 59350

    Order

    06/01/01

    66 FR 29722

    NPRM

    12/21/01

    66 FR 65866

    Final Rule

    07/27/04

    69 FR 44608

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Nese Guendelsberger, Attorney, Federal Communications

    Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-0634

    Fax: 202 418-1186

    Email: nguendel@fcc.gov

    Nancy Zaczek, Attorney, Federal Communications Commission, Wireless

    Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-0680

    Email: nzaczek@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH41

  72. AMENDMENT OF PARTS 13 AND 80 OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES GOVERNING

    MARITIME COMMUNICATIONS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    03/24/00

    65 FR 21694

    NPRM

    08/17/00

    65 FR 50173

    NPRM

    05/17/02

    67 FR 35086

    Report & Order

    08/07/03

    68 FR 46957

    Second R&O, Sixth R&O, Second

    FNPRM

    04/06/04

    69 FR 18007

    Comments Due

    06/07/04

    Reply Comments Due

    07/06/04

    Second R&O and Sixth R&O

    11/08/04

    69 FR 64664

    NPRM

    11/08/06

    71 FR 65447

    Final Action

    01/25/08

    73 FR 4475

    Petition for Reconsideration 03/18/08

    73 FR 14486

    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

  73. COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROCEDURES

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154; 47 USC 301 to 303; 47 USC 309; 47 USC 332

    Abstract: This proceeding proposes resumption of installment payments for broadband Personal Communications Services (PCS), for example, for

    C and F Block, with payment deadline to be reinstated as of March 31, 1998. The proposal contemplates, inter alia,

    Page 22047

    changes to the FCC's C Block rules to govern re-auction of surrendered spectrum in the C Block. The proposal was released on October 16, 1997, and published in the Federal Register.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    Second R&O

    10/24/97

    62 FR 55348

    FNPRM

    10/24/97

    62 FR 55375

    Order on Recon of Second R&O 04/08/98

    63 FR 17111

    Fourth R&O

    09/23/98

    63 FR 50791

    Second Order on Recon of Second

    R&O

    05/18/99

    64 FR 26887

    Recon of Fourth R&O

    03/16/00

    65 FR 14213

    FNPRM

    06/13/00

    65 FR 37092

    Sixth R&O and Order on Recon 09/05/00

    65 FR 53620

    Order on Recon

    02/12/01

    66 FR 9773

    Seventh R&O

    10/29/01

    66 FR 54447

    Eighth R&O

    04/08/02

    67 FR 16647

    Final Rule

    07/21/03

    68 FR 42984

    Final Rule

    10/07/03

    68 FR 57828

    Final Rule

    09/30/05

    70 FR 57183

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Audrey Bashkin, Staff Attorney, Federal Communications

    Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-7535

    Email: abashkin@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH57

  74. 2000 BIENNIAL REGULATORY REVIEW SPECTRUM AGGREGATION LIMITS FOR

    COMMERCIAL MOBILE RADIO SERVICES

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 161; 47 USC 303(g); 47 USC 303(r)

    Abstract: The Commission has adopted a final rule in a proceeding reexamining the need for Commercial Mobile Radio Services spectrum aggregation limits.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    02/12/01

    66 FR 9798

    NPRM Comment Period End

    05/14/01

    Final Rule

    01/14/02

    67 FR 1626

    Correction to Final Rule

    01/31/02

    67 FR 4675

    Petition for Recon

    03/21/02

    67 FR 13183

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Michael J. Rowan, Attorney-Advisor, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-1883

    Fax: 202 418-7447

    Email: michael.rowan@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH81

  75. IN THE MATTER OF PROMOTING EFFICIENT USE OF SPECTRUM THROUGH

    ELIMINATION OF BARRIERS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF SECONDARY MARKETS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 157; 47 USC 160; 47

    USC 201 and 202; 47 USC 208; 47 USC 214; 47 USC 301; 47 USC 303; 47 USC 308 to 310

    Abstract: The Commission has opened a proceeding to examine actions it may take to remove unnecessary regulatory barriers to the development of more robust secondary markets in radio spectrum usage rights.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    12/26/00

    65 FR 81475

    NPRM Comment Period End

    01/29/01

    66 FR 8149

    New NPRM Comment Period End

    02/09/01

    NPRM

    11/25/03

    68 FR 66232

    Final Rule

    11/25/03

    68 FR 66252

    NPRM Comment Period End

    01/05/04

    Final Rule

    02/12/04

    69 FR 6920

    Final Rule

    02/25/04

    69 FR 8569

    Final Rule

    11/15/04

    69 FR 65544

    Final Rule

    12/27/04

    69 FR 77522

    NPRM

    12/27/04

    69 FR 77560

    Final Rule

    08/01/07

    72 FR 41935

    Final Action

    01/26/09

    74 FR 4344

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Paul Murray, Staff Attorney, Federal Communications

    Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-0688

    Fax: 202 418-7447

    Email: pmurray@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH82

  76. REEXAMINATION OF ROAMING OBLIGATIONS OF COMMERCIAL MOBILE RADIO

    SERVICE PROVIDERS

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

    Abstract: This rulemaking considers whether the Commission should adopt an automatic roaming rule for Commercial Mobile Radio Services and sunset the current manual roaming requirement.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    11/21/00

    65 FR 69891

    NPRM

    09/28/05

    70 FR 56612

    NPRM

    01/19/06

    71 FR 3029

    FNPRM

    08/30/07

    72 FR 50085

    Final Rule

    08/30/07

    72 FR 50064

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Christina Clearwater, Attorney, Federal Communications

    Commission, Wireless Telecom. Bureau, Auctions Division, 445 12th

    Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1893

    Email: christina.clearwater@fcc.gov

    Won Kim, Attorney, Federal Communications Commission, Wireless

    Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1368

    Email: won.kim@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH83

  77. YEAR 2000 BIENNIAL REVIEW (WT DOCKET NO. 01-108)

    Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined

    Abstract: The year 2000 part 22 Biennial Review Report and Order and subsequent Order on Reconsideration examined whether certain rules should be modified or eliminated as a result of technological changes or increased competition.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    Final Rule

    04/01/04

    69 FR 17063

    Final Rule Effective

    06/01/04

    Final Rule

    09/15/04

    69 FR 55516

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

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    Agency Contact: Linda Chang, Attorney, Federal Communications

    Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1339

    Fax: 202 418-7447

    Email: lchang@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI26

  78. AIR-GROUND TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151 and 151(i); 47 USC 161; 47 USC 303(r)

    Abstract: Re-examination of rules governing air-ground telecommunications services on commercial airplanes. Revision/ elimination of 47 CFR 22 non-cellular provisions.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    07/25/03

    68 FR 44003

    NPRM Comment Period End

    10/23/03

    Final Rule

    04/13/05

    70 FR 19293

    NPRM

    04/13/05

    70 FR 19377

    Final Rule Correction

    04/27/05

    70 FR 21663

    Final Rule

    12/27/05

    70 FR 76411

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Richard Arsenault, Chief Counsel, Mobility Division,

    WTB, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-0920

    Email: richard.arsenault@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI27

  79. AMENDMENTS OF VARIOUS RULES AFFECTING WIRELESS RADIO SERVICES (WT

    DOCKET NO. 03-264)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 161; 47 USC 303(r)

    Abstract: This rulemaking proposes to streamline and harmonize wireless radio service rules.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    02/23/04

    69 FR 8132

    NPRM Comment Period End

    05/24/04

    NPRM

    10/19/05

    70 FR 60770

    Final Rule

    10/20/05

    70 FR 61049

    Proposed Rule

    05/02/07

    72 FR 24238

    Final Rule

    05/16/07

    72 FR 27688

    Final Rule

    08/24/07

    72 FR 48814

    Final Rule

    05/02/08

    73 FR 24180

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Nina Shafran, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-2781

    Email: nina.shafran@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI30

  80. FACILITATING THE PROVISION OF SPECTRUM-BASED SERVICES TO RURAL

    AREAS

    Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined

    Abstract: This rulemaking will facilitate the provision of spectrum- based services to rural areas.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    11/12/03

    68 FR 64050

    NPRM Comment Period End

    01/26/04

    NPRM

    12/15/04

    69 FR 75174

    Final Rule

    12/15/04

    69 FR 75144

    Final Rule

    04/27/05

    70 FR 21652

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Allen A. Barna, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-0620

    Email: allen.barna@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI31

  81. IMPROVING PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS IN THE 800 MHZ BAND

    INDUSTRIAL/LAND TRANSPORTATION AND BUSINESS CHANNELS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 303(f); 47 USC 303(r); 47 USC 332

    Abstract: The Commission seeks to improve public safety communications in the 800 MHz band and consolidate the 800 MHz Industrial/Land

    Transportation and Business Pool channels.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    04/05/02

    67 FR 16351

    Final Rule

    08/19/02

    67 FR 53754

    Proposed Rule

    02/10/03

    68 FR 6687

    Final Rule

    11/22/04

    69 FR 67823

    Final Rule

    11/22/04

    69 FR 67853

    Final Rule

    02/08/05

    70 FR 6750

    Final Rule

    02/08/05

    70 FR 6761

    Final Rule

    04/06/05

    70 FR 17327

    Notice

    06/15/05

    70 FR 34764

    Final Rule

    09/28/05

    70 FR 56583

    Notice

    10/26/05

    70 FR 61823

    Final Rule

    12/28/05

    70 FR 76704

    Proposed Rule

    09/21/06

    71 FR 55149

    Clarification

    06/20/07

    72 FR 33914

    Final Rule

    07/20/07

    72 FR 39756

    Final Rule; Correction

    09/28/07

    72 FR 54847

    Notice

    09/28/07

    72 FR 55208

    Final Rule; Clarification

    10/05/07

    72 FR 56923

    Petition for Recon

    10/01/07

    72 FR 557722

    Proposed Rule

    11/13/07

    72 FR 63869

    Petition for Recon

    11/14/07

    72 FR 65734

    Proposed Rule

    03/31/08

    73 FR 16822

    Final Rule

    06/13/08

    73 FR 33728

    Proposed Rule

    07/13/08

    73 FR 40274

    Petition for Recon

    07/28/08

    73 FR 4375

    Final Rule

    11/17/08

    73 FR 67794

    Final Rule

    02/06/09

    74 FR 6235

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Michael Wilhelm, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-0870

    Email: michael.wilhelm@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI34

  82. REVIEW OF PART 87 OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES CONCERNING AVIATION (WT

    DOCKET NO. 01-289)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154; 47 USC 303; 47 USC 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    10/16/01

    66 FR 64785

    R&O and FNPRM

    10/16/03

    FNPRM

    04/12/04

    69 FR 19140

    R&O

    06/14/04

    69 FR 32577

    NPRM

    12/06/06

    71 FR 70710

    Final Rule

    12/06/06

    71 FR 70671

    Next Action Undetermined

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    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

  83. 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 USC 79; 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i) and (j); 47 USC 155; 47 USC 155(c); 47 USC 157; 47 USC 225; 47 USC 303(r); 47 USC 307; 47 USC 309; 47 USC 309(j); 47 USC 325(e); 47 USC 334; 47 USC 336; 47

    USC 339; 47 USC 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    06/14/05

    70 FR 43372

    Declaratory Ruling

    06/14/05

    70 FR 43322

    R&O

    01/24/06

    71 FR 6214

    FNPRM

    02/03/06

    71 FR 6992

    Second R&O

    04/25/06

    71 FR 26245

    Order on Recon of Second R&O 06/02/06

    71 FR 34272

    NPRM

    06/21/06

    71 FR 35594

    Comment Period End

    09/20/06

    Reply Comment Period End

    10/20/06 2nd Order and Recon of 2nd R&O 04/04/08

    73 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

  84. FACILITATING THE PROVISION OF FIXED AND MOBILE BROADBAND ACCESS

    EDUCATIONAL AND OTHER ADVANCED SERVICES IN THE 2150-2162 AND 2500-2690

    MHZ BANDS; REVIEWING OF THE SPECTRUM SHARING PLAN AMONG NON-GEOST

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154; 47 USC 301 to 303; 47 USC 307 ; 47 USC 309; 47 USC 332; 47 USC 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    04/02/03

    68 FR 34560

    FNPRM

    07/29/04

    69 FR 72048

    R&O

    07/29/04

    69 FR 72020

    MO&O

    04/27/06

    71 FR 35178

    Further NPRM

    03/20/08

    73 FR 26067

    MO&O

    03/20/08

    73 FR 26032

    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

  85. AMENDMENT OF THE RULES REGARDING MARITIME

    AUTOMATIC IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMS; WT DOCKET NO. 04-344

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154; 47 USC 302(a); 47 USC 303; 47 USC 306; 47

    USC 307(e); 47 USC 332; 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    Final Rule

    01/29/09

    74 FR 5117

    Final Rule Effective

    03/02/09

    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

  86. SERVICE RULES FOR ADVANCED WIRELESS SERVICES IN

    THE 2155-2175 MHZ BAND

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151 and 152; 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 157; 47 USC 160; 47 USC 201; 47 USC 214; 47 USC 301

    Abstract: This proceeding explores the possible uses of the 2155-2175

    MHz frequency band (AWS-3) to support the

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    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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    11/14/07

    72 FR 64013

    NPRM Comment Period End

    01/14/08

    FNPRM

    06/25/08

    73 FR 35995

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    08/11/08

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Jennifer Mock, Federal Communications Commission,

    Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1890

    Email: jennifer.mock@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AJ19

  87. SERVICE RULES FOR ADVANCED WIRELESS SERVICES IN

    THE 1915-1920 MHZ, 1995-2000 MHZ, 2020-2025 MHZ AND 2175-2180 MHZ BANDS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151 and 152; 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 157; 47 USC 160; 47 USC 201; 47 USC 214; 47 USC 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    11/02/04

    69 FR 63489

    NPRM Comment Period End

    01/24/05

    FNPRM

    06/25/08

    73 FR 35995

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    08/11/08

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Jennifer Mock, Federal Communications Commission,

    Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1890

    Email: jennifer.mock@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AJ20

  88. 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 USC 151 and 152; 47 USC 154(i) and 154(j); 47 USC 301 and 302(a); 47 USC 303; 47 USC 303(r); 47 USC 304; 47 USC 307 to 309; 47 USC 316; 47 USC 332; 47 USC 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

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    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.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    09/03/08

    73 FR 51406

    NPRM Comment Period End

    10/20/08

    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

  89. 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 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 303; 47 USC 309; 47

    USC 332

    Abstract: This action adopts rules which retains 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    03/18/05

    70 FR 13143

    NPRM Comment Period End

    06/12/05

    70 FR 23080

    Final Rule

    12/16/08

    73 FR 67794

    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

    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Completed Actions

    Wireless Telecommunications Bureau

  90. RESALE AND ROAMING OBLIGATIONS PERTAINING TO COMMERCIAL MOBILE

    RADIO SERVICES

    Legal Authority: PL 103-66, sec 6002, Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993

    Abstract: On an interim basis, the First Report and Order extends to broadband PCS and covered SMR providers the cellular rule that prohibits restricting resale of communications services. The new rules sunset five years after the last group of initial licensees for currently allocated broadband PCS spectrum is awarded. The rules also eliminate all exceptions to the rule that allowed cellular licensees to restrict resale by competing with fully operational cellular licensees in the same geographic market. The Commission successfully adopted a

    Second Report and Order and Third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in this proceeding. The Second Report and Order extends the Commission's cellular rules on manual roaming by any individual whose handset is capable of accessing the network of a cellular, broadband PCS, or covered SMR provider. The Third NPRM, among other things, sought comment on whether the Commission should adopt rules requiring cellular, broadband PCS, and covered SMR providers to provide automatic roaming in their coverage areas, and whether both automatic and manual roaming requirements should sunset five years after the initial grant of PCS licenses. The Third MO&O generally affirmed the Commission's earlier decision to extend the cellular resale rule to include certain

    PCS and SMR providers and to sunset the rule until November 24, 2002.

    However, it modified the prior decision by removing customer premise equipment (CPE) and CPE in bundled packages from the scope of the resale rule, by revising the scope of the resale rule to exclude all C,

    D, E, and F block PCS licensees that do not own and control and are not controlled by cellular or A or B block licensees, and by exempting from the rule all SMR and other CMRS providers that do not utilize in- network switching facilities.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    07/13/94

    59 FR 35664

    NOI

    07/13/94

    59 FR 35664

    NPRM Comment Period End

    09/29/94

    NPRM

    04/04/95

    60 FR 20949

    NPRM Comment Period End

    07/14/95

    First R&O

    07/12/96

    61 FR 38399

    Second R&O and Third NPRM

    08/15/96

    61 FR 44026

    MO&O and O on Recon

    11/09/99

    64 FR 61022

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Jane Phillips, Attorney, Federal Communications

    Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1310

    RIN: 3060-AF58

  91. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT, COMPETITIVE BIDDING; 218- 219 MHZ COMPETITIVE BIDDING RULES

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 303(r); 47 USC 309(j)

    Abstract: Tenth Report and Order modifies the competitive bidding rules for the upcoming auction of 218-219 MHz: (1) Eliminates bidding credits available to women- and minority-owned 218-219 MHz applicants; (2) extends two levels of bidding credits to small businesses based on a two-tiered small business definition; (3)

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    clarifies the attribution rules for affiliates of 218-219 MHz applicants; and (4) increases the amount of the upfront payments required to participate in the 218-219 MHz auction.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    R&O

    04/25/94

    59 FR 24947

    FNPRM

    08/06/96

    61 FR 49103

    R&O

    11/15/96

    61 FR 60198

    FNPRM

    09/30/98

    63 FR 52215

    MO&O

    10/08/98

    63 FR 54073

    R&O and MO&O

    11/03/99

    64 FR 59656

    Order on Recon

    12/29/99

    64 FR 72956

    Second Order on Recon

    02/07/01

    66 FR 9212

    Third Order on Recon of R&O and

    MO&O

    06/24/02

    67 FR 42507

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: William Huber, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications

    Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-2109

    Fax: 202 418-0890

    Email: whuber@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG00

  92. MULTIPLE ACCESS SYSTEMS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 302 to 303

    Abstract: This proceeding amended the FCC's rules regarding multiple address systems (MAS) in the microwave service. It streamlined regulations and established a framework for MAS spectrum that provides opportunities for continued development of competitive service offerings by allowing a variety of services.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    01/19/97

    62 FR 11407

    Order

    09/17/98

    63 FR 53350

    FNPRM

    05/18/99

    64 FR 38617

    R&O

    04/03/00

    65 FR 17445

    MO&O

    07/03/01

    66 FR 35107

    Final Rule

    07/22/04

    69 FR 43772

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Shellie Blakeney, Attorney, Federal Communications

    Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-0680

    Email: sblakene@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG86

  93. AMENDMENT OF PART I OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES--COMPETITIVE BIDDING

    PROCEDURES

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154; 47 USC 202; 47 USC 303; 47 USC 309(j)

    Abstract: This proceeding proposes to amend and modify the competitive bidding rules for all auctionable services.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    03/21/97

    62 FR 13570

    NPRM Comment Period End

    04/16/97

    Second FNPRM

    01/07/98

    63 FR 770

    Third R&O

    01/15/98

    63 FR 2315

    Fifth R&O, Order on Recon

    08/29/00

    65 FR 52323

    Fourth FNPRM

    08/29/00

    65 FR 52401

    Seventh R&O

    10/29/01

    66 FR 54447

    Eighth R&O

    04/08/02

    67 FR 16647

    Second Order on Recon of Third

    R&O and Order on Recon of Fifth

    R&O

    07/21/03

    68 FR 42984

    Final Rule

    09/30/05

    70 FR 57183

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: William Huber, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications

    Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-2109

    Fax: 202 418-0890

    Email: whuber@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG87

  94. AMENDMENT TO LICENSING LOW POWER OPERATIONS IN 450-470 MHZ BAND

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 1; 47 USC 154; 47 USC 302 and 303; 47 USC 332

    Abstract: The proposed amendments facilitate the viability of low power operations in the private land mobile radio 450-470 MHz Band.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    09/12/01

    66 FR 47435

    R&O

    04/21/03

    68 FR 19444

    Final Rule

    09/25/03

    68 FR 55319

    Final Rule

    10/12/04

    69 FR 60561

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Scot Stone, Federal Communications Commission, Wireless

    Telecom Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-0680

    Email: scot.stone@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH84

  95. REVIEW OF QUIET ZONES APPLICATION PROCEDURES

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 1; 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 161; 47 USC 303(g); 47

    USC 303(r)

    Abstract: Review of Quiet Zones rules for possible streamlining while ensuring adequate protection from interference.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    12/21/01

    66 FR 65866

    NPRM Comment Period End

    02/06/02

    R&O

    04/06/04

    69 FR 17946

    Final Rule

    09/23/04

    69 FR 56956

    Final Rule

    12/06/04

    69 FR 70378

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Linda Chang, Attorney, Federal Communications

    Commission, Wireless Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1339

    Email: linda.chang@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH88

  96. REALLOCATION AND SERVICE RULES FOR THE 698-746 MHZ SPECTRUM BAND

    (TELEVISION CHANNELS 52-59)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151 and 152; 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 155(c); 47

    USC 157; 47 USC 201 and 202; 47 USC 208; 47 USC 214; 47 USC 301 to 302(g); 47 USC 303; 47 USC 307; 47 USC 309 to 311; 47 USC 314; 47 USC 316; 47 USC 319; 47 USC 324; 47 USC 331 to 333; 47 USC 336; 47 USC 534 and 535

    Abstract: The Commission has adopted allocation and service rules for the 48 MHz of spectrum in the 698-746 MHz band currently occupied by television channels 52-59.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    04/13/01

    66 FR 19106

    R&O

    02/06/02

    67 FR 5491

    MO&O

    07/09/02

    67 FR 45380

    Final Rule

    08/28/04

    69 FR 51706

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

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    Agency Contact: Michael J. Rowan, Attorney-Advisor, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-1883

    Fax: 202 418-7447

    Email: michael.rowan@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH89

  97. EXTENDING WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES TO TRIBAL LANDS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 303(r); 47 USC 309(j);

    Abstract: This action amends rules to encourage carriers to provide telecommunications services to tribal lands.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    Final Rule

    05/02/03

    68 FR 23417

    Final Rule Effective

    07/01/03

    Final Rule

    10/18/04

    69 FR 61317

    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-AI32

  98. AMENDMENT OF COMMISSION RULES CONCERNING AIRPORT TERMINAL USE

    FREQUENCIES 450-470 MHZ BAND OF THE PRIVATE LAND MOBILE RADIO SERVICES

    (WT DOCKET NO. 02-318)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 303(g); 47 USC 303(r); 47 USC 332(c)(7)

    Abstract: The Commission seeks comment on revisions to the use of

    Airport Terminal Use (ATU) frequencies in the 45-470 Private Land

    Mobile Radio Industrial Business Pool.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    11/21/02

    67 FR 70196

    NPRM Comment Period End

    01/06/03

    Final Rule

    03/24/05

    70 FR 15005

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: John Evanoff, Attorney, Federal Communications

    Commission, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, 445 12th Street

    SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-0848

    Email: john.evanoff@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI33

  99. HEARING AID-COMPATIBLE TELEPHONES (WT DOCKET NOS. 01-309 & 06-150)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154; 47 USC 160; 47 USC 251 to 254; 47 USC 303; 47 USC 332

    Abstract: This item modifies exemptions for wireless phones under the

    Hearing Aid Compatibility Act of 1988 (HAC Act) to require that digital wireless phones be capable of being effectively used with hearing aids.

    It finds that modifying the exemption will extend the benefits of wireless telecommunications to individuals with hearing disabilities-- including emergency, business, and social communications--thereby increasing the value of the wireless network for all Americans.

    This proceeding was terminated in 2007 pursuant to Commission decision in 22 FCC Rcd 19670 (2007).

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    11/23/01

    66 FR 58703

    R&O

    09/16/03

    68 FR 54173

    Notice

    11/14/03

    68 FR 64625

    NPRM

    07/27/05

    70 FR 43386

    Final Rule

    07/27/05

    70 FR 43323

    NPRM

    08/21/06

    71 FR 48506

    NPRM Comment Period End

    09/20/06

    NPRM

    09/26/06

    71 FR 57455

    NPRM

    05/02/07

    72 FR 24236

    Final Rule

    05/16/07

    72 FR 27688

    Final Rule

    08/24/07

    72 FR 48814

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Andra Cunningham, Attorney Advisor, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-1630

    Fax: 202 428-2227

    Email: andra.cunningham@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI57

    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Long-Term Actions

    Wireline Competition Bureau

  100. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE UNIVERSAL SERVICE PORTIONS OF THE 1996

    TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 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.

    On April 16, 2007, the Commission issued a Notice of Inquiry, which begins the 5th inquiry under section 706 of the Telecom Act of 96. The

    Commission seeks comment on various market, investment, and technological trends in order for the Commission to analyze and assess whether infrastructure capable of supporting advanced services is being made available to all Americans.

    On May 14, 2007, the Commission issued a Notice of Proposed

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    Rulemaking where it sought comment on the recommendation of the

    Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service (Joint Board) that the

    Commission take immediate action to rein in the explosive growth in high-cost universal service support disbursements. The Commission specifically sought comment on the Joint Board's recommendation that the Commission impose an interim, emergency cap on the amount of high- cost support that competitive eligible telecommunications carriers

    (ETCs) may receive. The Joint Board also recommended that both it and the Commission further explore comprehensive high-cost distribution reform, and sought comment on various reform proposals in a Public

    Notice released on the same day as the Recommended Decision.

    On August 29, 2007, the Commission issued a Report and Order where the

    Commission adopted measures to safeguard the Universal Service Fund from waste, fraud, and abuse as well as measures to improve the management, administration, and oversight of the USF.

    On November 19, 2007, the Commission issued an Order where the

    Commission selected participants for the universal service RHC Pilot

    Program established by the Commission in the 2006 Pilot Program Order.

    On November 20, 2007, the Joint Board on Universal Service issued a

    Recommended Decision that recommends the FCC address the long-term reform issues facing the high-cost universal service support system and make fundamental revisions in the structure of existing Universal

    Service mechanisms.

    On January 29, 2008, the Commission issued a Notice of Proposed

    Rulemaking where the Commission sought comment on the it's rules governing the amount of high-cost universal service support provided to competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs).

    On January 29, 2008, the Commission issued a Notice of Proposed

    Rulemaking where the Commission sought comment on the merits of using reverse auctions (a form of competitive bidding) to determine the amount of high-cost universal service support provided to eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) serving rural, insular, and high- cost areas.

    On January 29, 2008, the Commission issued a Notice of Proposed

    Rulemaking where the Commission sought comment on ways to reform the high-cost universal service program. Specifically, the Commission sought comment on the recommendation of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service regarding comprehensive reform of high-cost universal service support.

    On May 1, 2008, the Commission issued a Public Notice informing the public that the FCC takes action to cap high-cost support under the universal service fund interim cap that will keep costs down for consumers pending comprehensive reform.

    On July 31, 2008, the Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that sought comment on changes to the eligible services list.

    On September 12, 2008, the Commission issued a Notice of Inquiry where the Commission sought comment on ways to further strengthen management, administration, and oversight of the universal service fund (USF), how to define more clearly the goals of the USF, and to identify any additional quantifiable performance measures that may be necessary or desirable.

    On November 5, 2008, the Commission issued an Order on Remand, Report and Order, and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that addressed compensation rates for ISP-bound traffic, declines to adopt the Joint

    Board's recommendations for reforming distribution of high-cost universal service support, and sought further comment on comprehensive universal service and intercarrier compensation reform.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    Recommended Decision Federal-

    State Joint Board, Universal

    Service

    11/08/96

    61 FR 63778

    First R&O

    05/08/97

    62 FR 32862

    Second R&O

    05/08/97

    62 FR 32862

    Order on Recon

    07/10/97

    62 FR 40742

    R&O and Second Order on Recon 07/18/97

    62 FR 41294

    Second R&O, and FNPRM

    08/15/97

    62 FR 47404

    Third R&O

    10/14/97

    62 FR 56118

    Second Order on Recon

    11/26/97

    62 FR 65036

    Fourth Order on Recon

    12/30/97

    62 FR 2093

    Fifth Order on Recon

    06/22/98

    63 FR 43088

    Fifth R&O

    10/28/98

    63 FR 63993

    Eighth Order on Recon

    11/21/98

    Second Recommended Decision

    11/25/98

    63 FR 67837

    Thirteenth Order on Recon

    06/09/99

    64 FR 30917

    FNPRM

    06/14/99

    64 FR 31780

    FNPRM

    09/30/99

    64 FR 52738

    Fourteenth Order on Recon

    11/16/99

    64 FR 62120

    Fifteenth Order on Recon

    11/30/99

    64 FR 66778

    Tenth R&O

    12/01/99

    64 FR 67372

    Ninth R&O and Eighteenth Order on Recon

    12/01/99

    64 FR 67416

    Nineteenth Order on Recon

    12/30/99

    64 FR 73427

    Twentieth Order on Recon

    05/08/00

    65 FR 26513

    Public Notice

    07/18/00

    65 FR 44507

    Twelfth R&O, MO&O and FNPRM

    08/04/00

    65 FR 47883

    FNPRM and Order

    11/09/00

    65 FR 67322

    FNPRM

    01/26/01

    66 FR 7867

    R&O and Order on Recon

    03/14/01

    66 FR 16144

    NPRM

    05/08/01

    66 FR 28718

    Order

    05/22/01

    66 FR 35107

    Fourteenth R&O and FNPRM

    05/23/01

    66 FR 30080

    FNPRM and Order

    01/25/02

    67 FR 7327

    NPRM

    02/15/02

    67 FR 9232

    NPRM and Order

    02/15/02

    67 FR 10846

    FNPRM and R&O

    02/26/02

    67 FR 11254

    NPRM

    04/19/02

    67 FR 34653

    Order and Second FNPRM

    12/13/02

    67 FR 79543

    NPRM

    02/25/03

    68 FR 12020

    Public Notice

    02/26/03

    68 FR 10724

    Second R&O and FNPRM

    06/20/03

    68 FR 36961

    Twenty-Fifth Order on Recon,

    R&O, Order, and FNPRM

    07/16/03

    68 FR 41996

    NPRM

    07/17/03

    68 FR 42333

    Order

    07/24/03

    68 FR 47453

    Order

    08/06/03

    68 FR 46500

    Order and Order on Recon

    08/19/03

    68 FR 49707

    Order on Remand, MO&O, FNPRM 10/27/03

    68 FR 69641

    R&O, Order on Recon, FNPRM

    11/17/03

    68 FR 74492

    R&O, FNPRM

    02/26/04

    69 FR 13794

    R&O, FNPRM

    04/29/04

    NPRM

    05/14/04

    69 FR 3130

    NPRM

    06/08/04

    69 FR 40839

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    Order

    06/28/04

    69 FR 48232

    Order on Recon & Fourth R&O

    07/30/04

    69 FR 55983

    Fifth R&O and Order

    08/13/04

    69 FR 55097

    Order

    08/26/04

    69 FR 57289

    Second FNPRM

    09/16/04

    69 FR 61334

    Order & Order on Recon

    01/10/05

    70 FR 10057

    Sixth R&O

    03/14/05

    70 FR 19321

    R&O

    03/17/05

    70 FR 29960

    MO&O

    03/30/05

    70 FR 21779

    NPRM & FNPRM

    06/14/05

    70 FR 41658

    Order

    10/14/05

    70 FR 65850

    Order

    10/27/05

    NPRM

    01/11/06

    71 FR 1721

    Report Number 2747

    01/12/06

    71 FR 2042

    Order

    02/08/06

    71 FR 6485

    FNPRM

    03/15/06

    71 FR 13393

    R&O and NPRM

    07/10/06

    71 FR 38781

    Order

    01/01/06

    71 FR 6485

    Order

    05/16/06

    71 FR 30298

    MO&O and FNPRM

    05/16/06

    71 FR 29843

    R&O

    06/27/06

    71 FR 38781

    Public Notice

    08/11/06

    71 FR 50420

    Order

    09/29/06

    71 FR 65517

    Public Notice

    03/12/07

    72 FR 36706

    Public Notice

    03/13/07

    72 FR 40816

    Public Notice

    03/16/07

    72 FR 39421

    Notice of Inquiry

    04/16/07

    NPRM

    05/14/07

    72 FR 28936

    Recommended Decision

    11/20/07

    Order

    02/14/08

    73 FR 8670

    NPRM

    03/04/08

    73 FR 11580

    NPRM

    03/04/08

    73 FR 11591

    R&O

    05/05/08

    73 FR 11837

    Public Notice

    07/02/08

    73 FR 37882

    NPRM

    08/19/08

    73 FR 48352

    Notice of Inquiry

    10/14/08

    73 FR 60689

    Order on Remand, R&O, FNPRM

    11/12/08

    73 FR 66821

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Adrian Wright, Telecommunications Policy Analyst,

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

    Phone: 202 418-0792

    Email: adrian.wright@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AF85

  101. TELECOMMUNICATIONS CARRIERS' USE OF CUSTOMER PROPRIETARY NETWORK

    INFORMATION AND OTHER CUSTOMER INFORMATION

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154; 47 USC 222; 47 USC 272; 47 USC 303(r)

    Abstract: The Commission adopted rules implementing the new statutory framework governing carrier use and disclosure of customer proprietary network information (CPNI) created by section 222 of the Communications

    Act of 1934, as amended. CPNI includes, among other things, to whom, where, and when a customer places a call, as well as the types of service offerings to which the customer subscribes and the extent to which the service is used.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    05/28/96

    61 FR 26483

    Public Notice

    02/25/97

    62 FR 8414

    Second R&O and FNPRM

    04/24/98

    63 FR 20364

    Order on Recon

    10/01/99

    64 FR 53242

    Final Rule, Announcement of

    Effective Date

    01/26/01

    66 FR 7865

    Clarification Order and Second

    NPRM

    09/07/01

    66 FR 50140

    Third R&O and Third FNPRM

    09/20/02

    67 FR 59205

    NPRM

    03/15/06

    71 FR 13317

    NPRM

    06/08/07

    72 FR 31782

    Final Rule, Announcement of

    Effective Date

    06/08/07

    72 FR 31948

    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

    Email: melissa.kirkel@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG43

  102. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LOCAL COMPETITION PROVISIONS OF THE

    TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1996

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151 to 155; 47 USC 157; 47 USC 201 to 205; 47

    USC 207 to 209; 47 USC 218

    Abstract: On August 8, 1996, the Commission adopted the Local

    Competition Second Report and Order (FCC 96-333), implementing the dialing parity, nondiscriminatory access, network disclosure, and numbering administration provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. On July 19, 1999, the Commission released the First Order on

    Reconsideration (FCC 99-170), denying the petition for reconsideration of the Local Competition Second Report and Order filed by Beehive

    Telephone Company, Inc., which related to numbering administration.

    On September 9, 1999, the Commission released the Second Order on

    Reconsideration (FCC 99-227), resolving petitions for reconsideration of rules adopted in the Local Competition Second Report and Order to implement the requirement of 47 U.S.C. section 251(b)(3) that LECs provide non-discriminatory access to directory assistance, directory listing and operator services. At the same time, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) (also FCC 99-227) seeking comment on issues related to developments in, and the convergence of, directory publishing and directory assistance.

    On October 21, 1999, the Commission released the Third Order on

    Reconsideration (FCC 99-243), resolving the remaining petitions for reconsideration regarding numbering administration under 47 U.S.C. section 251(e)(1). On January 29, 2002, the Commission released an

    Order on Reconsideration (FCC02-11) dismissing petitions for reconsideration or clarification of the Local Competition Second Report and Order regarding dialing parity under 47 U.S.C. section 251(b)(3) and network disclosure under 47 U.S.C. section 251(c)(5).

    On January 23, 2001, the Commission released a First Report and Order

    (FCC 01-27) resolving issues raised in the September 9, 1999 NPRM and concluding, among other things, that competing directory assistance

    (DA) providers that are certified as competitive local exchange carriers (competitive LECs), are agents of competitive LECs, or that offer call completion services are entitled to nondiscriminatory access to LEC local DA databases.

    On January 9, 2002, the Commission released the Directory Assistance

    NPRM (FCC 01-384), in which the Commission solicited comment on whether there is sufficient competition in the retail DA market, and if not, what if any action the Commission should take to promote such competition. The Commission sought specific comment on whether alternative dialing methods would promote competition. Proposed methods include: (1) Presubscription to 411; (2) utilizing national 555 numbers; (3) utilizing carrier access codes (1010

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    numbers); and (4) utilizing 411XX numbers. The Commission also sought comment on whether the 411 dialing code should be eliminated. This proceeding is pending before the Commission.

    On May 3, 2005, the Commission released an Order on Reconsideration

    (FCC 05-93) resolving petitions for reconsideration of the Second Order on Reconsideration and the First Report and Order. The Commission clarified its rules regarding the use of DA data obtained pursuant to section 251(b)(3) of the Act, and denied BellSouth and SBC's joint petition for reconsideration which sought authority to place contractual restrictions on competing DA providers' use of DA information. The Commission reaffirmed that LECs are required to provide nondiscriminatory access to their entire local DA database including local DA data acquired from third parties. The Commission also accepted Qwest's request to withdraw its petition for reconsideration of the First Report and Order, and resolved SBC's petition for reconsideration of the Second Order on Reconsideration.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    04/25/96

    61 FR 18311

    NPRM Comment Period End

    06/03/96

    Order

    09/06/96

    61 FR 47284

    NPRM

    09/27/99

    64 FR 51949

    Second Order on Recon

    09/27/99

    64 FR 51910

    Third Order on Recon

    11/18/99

    64 FR 62983

    First R&O

    02/21/01

    66 FR 10965

    NPRM

    02/14/02

    67 FR 6902

    Order on Recon

    08/17/05

    70 FR 48290

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Rodney McDonald, Attorney-Advisor, Federal

    Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th Street

    SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-7513

    Email: rodney.mcdonald@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG50

  103. LOCAL TELEPHONE NETWORKS THAT LECS MUST MAKE AVAILABLE TO

    COMPETITORS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 251

    Abstract: This revises the rules applicable to incumbent local exchange carriers (LECs) to permit competitive carriers to access portions of the incumbent LECs' networks on an unbundled basis. Unbundling allows competitors to lease portions of the incumbent LECs' network to provide telecommunications services. These rule changes are intended to remove uncertainty regarding the incumbent LECs' unbundling obligations under the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and are expected to accelerate the development of local exchange competition.

    On December 20, 2001, the Commission issued a Notice of Proposed

    Rulemaking to comprehensively consider the appropriate changes, if any, to its unbundling policies in light of market developments and technological advances. 67 FR 1947.

    On May 29, 2002, the Commission extended the reply comment date of the

    Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to July 17, 2002, to allow all interested parties to incorporate their review and analysis of USTA v. FCC, 290

    F.3d 415 (D.C. Cir. 2002).

    On August 21, 2003, the Commission issued a Report and Order, Order on

    Remand, and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, in which the

    Commission adopted new unbundling requirements. 68 FR 52276.

    In addition, the Commission initiated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding whether the Commission should modify the so-called pick-and- choose rule that permits requesting carriers to opt into individual portions of interconnection agreements without accepting all the terms and conditions of such agreements. 68 FR 52307.

    On September 17, 2003, the Commission issued an Errata correcting the

    Report and Order and Order on Remand. On October 9, 2003, the

    Commission issued a Report seeking comment on ten petitions for clarification and/or reconsideration of the Report and Order and Order on Remand released on August 21, 2003. 68 FR 60391. By Order, the

    Commission denied a request to extend the comment period for petitions for clarification and/or reconsideration.On March 2, 2004, the

    Commission's August 21, 2003 Report and Order and Order on Remand was affirmed in part and vacated and remanded in part. USTA v. FCC, 359

    F.3d 554 (D.C. Cir. 2004).

    On July 13, 2004, the Commission's Second Report and Order concluded the rulemaking proceeding initiated regarding the so-called pick-and- choose rule and determined that an all-or-nothing rule for opting into other interconnection agreements will better promote increased give and take negotiations. 69 FR 43762.

    On August 9, 2004, the Commission released an Order on Reconsideration addressing in part two petitions for reconsideration of the

    Commission's fiber-to-the-premises unbundling rules. 69 FR 54589. The

    Commission clarified in this Order on Reconsideration the applicability of the fiber-to-the-premises rules in multi-dwelling unit buildings.

    On August 20, 2004, the Commission issued an Interim Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking establishing a new rulemaking proceeding to determine incumbent LEC unbundling obligations as well as establishing interim requirements to govern carrier relationships until the

    Commission concludes its rulemaking process. 69 FR 55111, 55128.

    On October 18, 2004, the Commission released and Order on

    Reconsideration concluding that fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC) loops shall be subject to the same unbundling framework that the Commission established for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) loops. 69 FR 77950.

    On February 4, 2005, the Commission released an Order on Remand, 70 FR 8940, responding to the D.C. Circuit's remand of certain parts of the

    Triennial Review Order, including several aspects of the impairment standard as well as new determinations regarding unbundling requirements for local circuit switching, high-capacity loops, and dedicated transport. Specifically, the Commission determined that incumbent LECs have no obligation to unbundle local circuit switching and adopted a 12-monthplan to transition existing customers of unbundled switching to other arrangements. Regarding high-capacity loops, the Commission determined that competing carriers are not impaired (thus, are not entitled to access as UNEs) dark fiber loop circuits. Competing carriers are, however, impaired without access to

    DS1 and DS3 loops, except in wire centers that meet specific business lines and fiber-based collocation thresholds. Similarly, with respect to dedicated transport, the Commission determined

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    that competing carriers are impaired without access to DS1, DS3 and dark fiber transport, except on routes connecting a pair of wire centers, each containing a specified number of business lines or a specified number of fiber-based collocators.

    On March 14, 2005, the Commission's Wireline Competition Bureau issued an order denying a petition filed by Verizon seeking a stay of the

    Commission's rule allowing competitive LECs to ``convert'' tariffed incumbent LEC special access arrangements to unbundled network element

    (UNE) arrangements if the competitive LEC is eligible to order the

    UNE(s) at issue.

    On April 25, 2005, and May 25, 2005, the Commission issued Public

    Notices establishing comment periods in response to petitions for reconsideration of the Commission's Order on Remand (Triennial Review

    Order).

    On June 16, 2006, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Commission's Order on Remand, 70 FR 8940.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    Second FNPRM

    04/26/99

    64 FR 20238

    Fourth FNPRM

    01/14/00

    65 FR 2367

    Errata Third R&O and Fourth

    FNPRM

    01/18/00

    65 FR 2542

    Second Errata Third R&O and

    Fourth FNPRM

    01/18/00

    65 FR 2542

    Supplemental Order

    01/18/00

    65 FR 2542

    Third R&O

    01/18/00

    65 FR 2542

    Correction

    04/11/00

    65 FR 19334

    Supplemental Order Clarification06/20/00

    65 FR 38214

    Public Notice

    02/01/01

    66 FR 8555

    Public Notice

    03/05/01

    66 FR 18279

    Public Notice

    04/10/01

    Public Notice

    04/23/01

    Public Notice

    05/14/01

    NPRM

    01/15/02

    67 FR 1947

    Public Notice

    05/29/02

    Public Notice

    08/01/02

    Public Notice

    08/13/02

    NPRM

    08/21/03

    68 FR 52276

    R&O and Order on Remand

    08/21/03

    68 FR 52276

    Errata

    09/17/03

    Report

    10/09/03

    68 FR 60391

    Order

    10/28/03

    Order

    01/09/04

    Public Notice

    01/09/04

    Public Notice

    02/18/04

    Order

    07/08/04

    Second R&O

    07/08/04

    69 FR 43762

    Order on Recon

    08/09/04

    69 FR 54589

    Interim Order

    08/20/04

    69 FR 55111

    NPRM

    08/20/04

    69 FR 55128

    Public Notice

    09/10/04

    Public Notice

    09/13/04

    Public Notice

    10/20/04

    Order on Recon

    12/29/04

    69 FR 77950

    Order on Remand

    02/04/04

    Public Notice

    04/25/05

    70 FR 29313

    Public Notice

    05/25/05

    70 FR 34765

    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-AH44

  104. 2000 BIENNIAL REGULATORY REVIEW--TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE QUALITY

    REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154(i) and 154(j); 47 USC 201(b); 47 USC 303(r); 47 USC 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    12/04/00

    65 FR 75657

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Jeremy Miller, Attorney Advisor, 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

  105. ACCESS CHARGE REFORM AND UNIVERSAL SERVICE REFORM

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i) and 154(j); 47 USC 201 to 205; 47 USC 254; 47 USC 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

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    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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    01/25/01

    66 FR 7725

    FNPRM

    11/30/01

    66 FR 59761

    R&O

    11/30/01

    66 FR 59719

    Second FNPRM

    03/23/04

    69 FR 13794

    Order

    05/06/04

    69 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

  106. NUMBERING RESOURCE OPTIMIZATION

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154; 47 USC 201 et seq; 47 USC 251(e)

    Abstract: In 1999, the Commission released the Numbering Resource

    Optimization Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Notice) in CC Docket 99- 200. The Notice examined and sought comment on several administrative and technical measures aimed at improving the efficiency with which telecommunications numbering resources are used and allocated. It incorporated input from the North American Numbering Council (NANC), a

    Federal advisory committee, which advises the Commission on issues related to number administration.In the Numbering Resource Optimization

    First Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRO

    First Report and Order), released on March 31, 2000, the Commission adopted a mandatory utilization data reporting requirement, a uniform set of categories of numbers for which carriers must report their utilization, and a utilization threshold framework to increase carrier accountability and incentives to use numbers efficiently. In addition, the Commission adopted a single system for allocating numbers in blocks of one thousand, rather than ten thousand, wherever possible, and established a plan for national rollout of thousands-block number pooling. The Commission also adopted numbering resource reclamation requirements to ensure that unused numbers are returned to the North

    American Numbering Plan (NANP) inventory for assignment to other carriers. Also, to encourage better management of numbering resources, carriers are required, to the extent possible, to first assign numbering resources within thousands blocks (a form of sequential numbering).

    In the NRO Second Report and Order, the Commission adopted a measure that requires all carriers to use at least 60 percent of their numbering resources before they may get additional numbers in a particular area. That 60 percent utilization threshold increases to 75 percent over the next three years. The Commission also established a five-year term for the national Pooling Administrator and an auditing program to verify carrier compliance with the Commission's rules.

    Furthermore, the Commission addressed several issues raised in the

    Notice, concerning area code relief. Specifically, the Commission declined to amend the existing Federal rules for area code relief or specify any new Federal guidelines for the implementation of area code relief. The Commission also declined to state a preference for either all-services overlays or geographic splits as a method of area code relief. Regarding mandatory nationwide ten-digit dialing, the

    Commission declined to adopt this measure at the present time.

    Furthermore, the Commission declined to mandate nationwide expansion of the ``D digit'' (the ``N'' of an NXX or central office code) to include 0 or 1, or to grant state commissions the authority to implement the expansion of the D digit as a numbering resource optimization measure at the present time.

    In the NRO Third Report and Order, the Commission addressed national thousands-block number pooling administration issues, including declining to alter the implementation date for covered CMRS carriers to participate in pooling. The Commission also addressed Federal cost recovery for national thousands-block number pooling, and continued to require States to establish cost recovery mechanisms for costs incurred by carriers participating in pooling trials. The Commission reaffirmed the Months-To-Exhaust (MTE) requirement for carriers. The Commission declined to lower the utilization threshold established in the Second

    Report and Order, and declined to exempt pooling carriers from the utilization threshold. The Commission also established a safety valve mechanism to allow carriers that do not meet the utilization threshold in a given rate center to obtain additional numbering resources.

    In the NRO Third Report and Order, the Commission lifted the ban on technology-specific overlays (TSOs), and delegated authority to the

    Common Carrier Bureau, in consultation with the Wireless

    Telecommunications Bureau, to resolve any such petitions. Furthermore, the Commission found that carriers who violate our numbering requirements, or fail to cooperate with an auditor conducting either a

    ``for cause'' or random audit, should be denied numbering resources in certain instances. The Commission also reaffirmed the 180-day reservation period, declined to impose fees to extend the reservation period, and found that State commissions should be allowed password- protected access to the NANPA database for data pertaining to NPAs located within their State.

    The measures adopted in the NRO orders will allow the Commission to monitor more closely the way numbering resources are used within the

    NANP, and will promote more efficient allocation and use of NANP resources by tying a carrier's ability to obtain numbering resources more closely to its actual need for numbers to serve its customers.

    These measures are designed to create national standards to optimize the use of numbering resources by: (1) Minimizing the negative impact on consumers of premature area code exhausts; (2) ensuring sufficient access to numbering resources for all service providers to enter into or to compete in telecommunications markets; (3) avoiding premature exhaust of the NANP; (4) extending the life of the NANP; (5) imposing the least societal cost possible, and ensuring competitive neutrality, while obtaining the highest benefit; (6) ensuring that no class of carrier or consumer is unduly favored or disfavored by the Commission's optimization efforts; and (7) minimizing the incentives for carriers to build and carry excessively large inventories of numbers.

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    In NRO Third Order on Recon in CC Docket No. 99-200, Third Further

    Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in CC Docket No. 99-200 and Second

    Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in CC Docket No, 95-116, the

    Commission reconsidered its findings in the NRO Third Report and Order regarding the local Number portability (LNP) and thousands-block number pooling requirements for carriers in the top 100 Metropolitan

    Statistical areas (MSAs). Specifically, the Commission reversed its clarification that those requirements extend to all carriers in the largest 100 MSAs, regardless of whether they have received a request from another carrier to provide LNP. The Commission also sought comment on whether the Commission should again extend the LNP requirements to all carriers in the largest 100 MSAs, regardless of whether they receive a request to provide LNP. The Commission also sought comment on whether all carriers in the top 100 MSAs should be required to participate in thousands-block number pooling, regardless of whether they are required to be LNP capable. In addition, the Commission sought comment on whether all MSAs included in Combined Metropolitan

    Statistical Areas (CMSAs) on the Census Bureau's list of the largest 100 MSAs should be included on the Commission's list of the top 100

    MSAs.

    In the NRO Fourth Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed

    Rulemaking, the Commission reaffirmed that carriers must deploy LNP in switches within the 100 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) for which another carrier has made a specific request for the provision of LNP. The Commission delegated the authority to state commissions to require carriers operating within the largest 100 MSAs that have not received a specific request for LNP from another carrier to provide

    LNP, under certain circumstances and on a case-by-case basis. The

    Commission concluded that all carriers, except those specifically exempted, are required to participate in thousands-block number pooling in accordance with the national rollout schedule, regardless of whether they are required to provide LNP, including commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) providers that were required to deploy LNP as of

    November 24, 2003. The Commission specifically exempted from the pooling requirement rural telephone companies and Tier III CMRS providers that have not received a request to provide LNP. The

    Commission also exempted from the pooling requirement carriers that are the only service provider receiving numbering resources in a given rate center. Additionally, the Commission sought further comment on whether these exemptions should be expanded to include carriers where there are only two service providers receiving numbering resources in the rate center. Finally, the Commission reaffirmed that the 100 largest MSAs identified in the 1990 U.S. Census reports as well as those areas included on any subsequent U.S. Census report of the 100 largest MSAs.

    In the NRO Order and Fifth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the

    Commission granted petitions for delegated authority to implement mandatory thousands-block pooling filed by the Public Service

    Commission of West Virginia, the Nebraska Public Service Commission, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the Michigan Public Service

    Commission, and the Missouri Public Service Commission. In granting these petitions, the Commission permitted these states to optimize numbering resources and further extend the life of the specific numbering plan areas. In the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the

    Commission sought comment on whether it should delegate authority to all states to implement mandatory thousands-block number pooling consistent with the parameters set forth in the NRO Order.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    06/17/99

    64 FR 32471

    R&O and FNPRM

    06/16/00

    65 FR 37703

    Second R&O and Second FNPRM

    02/08/01

    66 FR 9528

    Third R&O and Second Order on

    Recon

    02/12/02

    67 FR 643

    Third O on Recon and Third FNPRM04/05/02

    67 FR 16347

    Fourth R&O and Fourth NPRM

    07/21/03

    68 FR 43003

    Order and Fifth FNPRM

    03/15/06

    71 FR 13393

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Marilyn Jones, Attorney, Federal Communications

    Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th Street SW.,

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-2357

    Fax: 202 418-2345

    Email: marilyn.jones@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH80

  107. NATIONAL EXCHANGE CARRIER ASSOCIATION PETITION

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151 and 152; 47 USC 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:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    08/13/04

    69 FR 50141

    NPRM Comment Period End

    11/12/04

    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

  108. IP-ENABLED SERVICES

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 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

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    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 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).

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    03/29/04

    69 FR 16193

    NPRM Comment Period End

    07/14/04

    First R&O

    06/03/05

    70 FR 37273

    Public Notice

    06/16/05

    70 FR 37403

    First R&O Effective

    07/29/05

    70 FR 43323

    Public Notice

    08/31/05

    70 FR 51815

    R&O

    07/10/06

    71 FR 38781

    R&O and FNPRM

    06/08/07

    72 FR 31948

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    07/09/07

    72 FR 31782

    R&O

    08/06/07

    72 FR 43546

    Public Notice

    08/07/07

    72 FR 44136

    R&O

    08/16/07

    72 FR 45908

    Public Notice

    11/01/07

    72 FR 61813

    Public Notice

    11/01/07

    72 FR 61882

    Public Notice

    12/13/07

    72 FR 70808

    Public Notice

    12/20/07

    72 FR 72358

    R&O

    02/21/08

    73 FR 9463

    NPRM

    02/21/08

    73 FR 9507

    Order

    05/15/08

    73 FR 28057

    Order

    05/15/08

    73 FR 28057

    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

  109. CONSUMER PROTECTION IN THE BROADBAND ERA

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151 to 154; 47 USC 160; 47 USC 201 to 205; 47

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    USC 214; 47 USC 222; 47 USC 225; 47 USC 251 and 252; 47 USC 254 to 256; 47 USC 258; 47 USC 303(R)

    Abstract: The Federal Communications Commission initiated this rulemaking in order to develop a framework that ensures that, as the telecommunications industry shifts from narrowband to broadband services, consumer protection needs are met by all providers of broadband Internet access service, regardless of the underlying technology providers use to offer the service. The Commission sought comment on whether adopting regulations, pursuant to its ancillary jurisdiction under title I of the Communications Act, to address consumer privacy, unauthorized changes to service, truth-in-billing, network outage reporting, discontinuance of service, rate averaging, and enforcement concerns, would be desirable and necessary as a matter of public policy. The Commission also sought comment on whether it should instead rely on market forces to address some or all of these areas of potential concern. The rulemaking also explores whether there are other areas of consumer protection related to wireline broadband

    Internet access service for which the Commission should adopt regulations pursuant to its ancillary jurisdiction.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    10/17/05

    70 FR 60259

    NPRM Comment Period End

    03/01/06

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: William Kehoe, Senior Counsel for Convergence, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-1580

    Fax: 202 418-1413

    Email: william.kehoe@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI73

  110. 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.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    11/15/07

    72 FR 64179

    NPRM Comment Period End

    12/17/07

    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

  111. JURISDICTIONAL SEPARATIONS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i) and 154(j); 47 USC 205; 47

    USC 221(c); 47 USC 254; 47 USC 403; 47 USC 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.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    11/05/97

    62 FR 59842

    NPRM Comment Period End

    12/10/97

    Order

    06/21/01

    66 FR 33202

    Order and FNPRM

    05/26/06

    71 FR 29882

    Order and FNPRM Comment Period

    End

    08/22/06

    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

  112. IMPLEMENTATION OF NET 911 IMPROVEMENT ACT

    Legal Authority: PL 110-283

    Abstract: On July 23, 2008, the New and Emerging Technologies Act was enacted.

    On August 25, 2008, the Commission released an NPRM seeking comment on implementing the NET 911 Improvement Act.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    08/28/08

    73 FR 50741

    NPRM Comment Period End

    09/09/08

    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

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    Email: matthew.warner@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AJ09

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