Regulatory Agenda: Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

 
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April 26, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 79)

Unified Agenda

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Federal Communications Commission

Part XVIII

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

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.

Marlene H. Dortch,

Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.

CONSUMER AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS BUREAU--Long-Term Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

303

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)......... 304

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

Act of 1996 (CC Docket No. 94-129).................................................... 305

Implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996; Access to Telecommunications

3060-AG58

Service, Telecommunications Equipment, and Customer Premises Equipment by Persons With

Disabilities.......................................................................... 306

Telecommunications Relay Services, the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, and

3060-AG75 the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (CC Docket No. 90-571)............................. 307

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

3060-AI14 1991 (CG Docket No. 02-278)........................................................... 308

Rules and Regulations Implementing Section 225 of the Communications Act

3060-AI15

(Telecommunications Relay Service) (CG Docket No. 03-123)............................. 309

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

3060-AI20

Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003 (CG Docket No. 04-53)........................... 310

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

3060-AI58

Obligations on All Local and Interexchange Carriers (CG Docket No. 02-386)............ 311

Consumer Information and Disclosure and Truth in Billing and Billing Format........... 3060-AI61 312

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

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OFFICE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY--Long-Term Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

313

Revision of the Rules Regarding Ultra-Wideband Transmission........................... 3060-AH47 314

New Advanced Wireless Services (ET Docket No. 00-258)................................. 3060-AH65 315

Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields..................................... 3060-AI17 316

Unlicensed Operation in the TV Broadcast Bands (ET Docket No. 04-186)................. 3060-AI52 317

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

OFFICE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY--Completed Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

318

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

3060-AH75 05-96; ET Docket No. 02-380).......................................................... 319

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

INTERNATIONAL BUREAU--Long-Term Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

320

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

3060-AD70

Licensing Procedures (IB Docket No. 95-117)........................................... 321

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)......... 322

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)........................................................ 323

Streamlining Earth Station Licensing Rules (IB Docket No. 00-248)..................... 3060-AH60 324

Space Station Licensing Reform (IB Docket No. 02-34).................................. 3060-AH98 325

Mitigation of Orbital Debris (IB Docket No. 02-54).................................... 3060-AI06 326

Amendment of the Commission's Rules (IB Docket No. 04-47)............................. 3060-AI41 327

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

(IB Docket No. 04-112)................................................................ 328

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)............. 329

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

330

Cable Television Rate Regulation...................................................... 3060-AF41 331

Cable Television Rate Regulation: Cost of Service..................................... 3060-AF48 332

Cable Home Wiring..................................................................... 3060-AG02 333

Competitive Availability of Navigation Devices (CS Docket No. 97-80).................. 3060-AG28 334

Cable Horizontal and Vertical Ownership Limits (MM Docket No. 92-264)................. 3060-AH09 335

Digital Audio Broadcasting Systems (MM Docket No. 99-325)............................. 3060-AH40 336

Second Periodic Review of Rules and Policies Affecting the Conversion to DTV.......... 3060-AH54 337

Direct Broadcast Public Interest Obligations (MM Docket No. 93-25).................... 3060-AH59 338

Revision of EEO Rules and Policies (MM Docket No. 98-204)............................. 3060-AH95 339

Broadcast Multiple and Cross-Ownership Limits......................................... 3060-AH97 340

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

3060-AI38

Television Booster Stations (MB Docket No. 03-185).................................... 341

Joint Sales Agreements in Local Television Markets (MB Docket No. 04-256)............. 3060-AI55 342

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

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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)........... 344

Digital Television Distributed Transmission System Technologies (MB Docket No. 05-312) 3060-AI68 345

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

3060-AI69

Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992 (MB Docket No. 05-311)..... 346

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

3060-AI87

Programming Tying Arrangements (MB Docket Nos. 07-29, 07-198)......................... 347

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

3060-AI89 to Digital Television (MB Docket No. 07-91)........................................... 348

Broadcast Localism (MB Docket No. 04-233)............................................. 3060-AJ04 349

Creating a Low Power Radio Service (MM Docket NO. 99-25).............................. 3060-AJ07 350

Sponsorship Identification Rules and Embedded Advertising (MB Docket No. 08-90)....... 3060-AJ10 351

An Inquiry Into the Commission's Policies and Rules Regarding AM Radio Service

3060-AJ17

Directional Antenna Performance Verification (MM Docket No. 93-177)................... 352

Amendment of Parts 73 and 74 of the Commission's Rules To Establish Rules for

3060-AJ18

Replacement Digital Low Power Television Translator Stations (MB Docket No. 08-253)... 353

Policies To Promote Rural Radio Service and To Streamline Allotment and Assignment

3060-AJ23

Procedures (MB Docket No. 09-52)...................................................... 354

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

3060-AJ27 294)..................................................................................

MEDIA BUREAU--Completed Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

355

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

OFFICE OF MANAGING DIRECTOR--Long-Term Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

356

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

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

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

357

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

3060-AG34

Systems............................................................................... 358

Enhanced 911 Services for Wireline.................................................... 3060-AG60 359

In the Matter of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act................ 3060-AG74 360

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

3060-AG85

Communications Requirements........................................................... 361

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

3060-AH30

Maritime Mobile-Satellite Radio Services (IB Docket No. 98-96)........................ 362

Implementation of 911 Act............................................................. 3060-AH90 363

Commission Rules Concerning Disruptions to Communications............................. 3060-AI22 364

E911 Requirements for IP-Enabled Service Providers.................................... 3060-AI62 365

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

3060-AI78

Communications Networks............................................................... 366

Stolen Vehicle Recovery System (SVRS)................................................. 3060-AJ01 367

Commercial Mobile Alert System........................................................ 3060-AJ03 368

Emergency Alert System................................................................ 3060-AJ33

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WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU--Long-Term Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

369

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 370

Service Rules for the 746 to 764 and 776 to 794 MHz Bands, and Revisions to the

3060-AH32

Commission's Rules.................................................................... 371

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

3060-AH55

Communications........................................................................ 372

Competitive Bidding Procedures........................................................ 3060-AH57 373

2000 Biennial Regulatory Review Spectrum Aggregation Limits for Commercial Mobile

3060-AH81

Radio Services........................................................................ 374

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

3060-AH82 to the Development of Secondary Markets............................................... 375

Reexamination of Roaming Obligations of Commercial Mobile Radio Service Providers..... 3060-AH83 376

Amendments of Various Rules Affecting Wireless Radio Services (WT Docket No. 03-264).. 3060-AI30 377

Facilitating the Provision of Spectrum-Based Services to Rural Areas.................. 3060-AI31 378

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

3060-AI34

Transportation and Business Channels.................................................. 379

Review of Part 87 of the Commission's Rules Concerning Aviation (WT Docket No. 01-289) 3060-AI35 380

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)...... 381

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............................ 382

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

3060-AJ16

No. 04-344)........................................................................... 383

Service Rules for Advanced Wireless Services in the 2155-2175 MHz Band................ 3060-AJ19 384

Service Rules for Advanced Wireless Services in the 1915 to 1920 MHz, 1995 to 2000

3060-AJ20

MHz, 2020 to 2025 MHz, and 2175 to 2180 MHz Bands..................................... 385

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.............................................. 386

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.......................................................... 387

Amendment of Part 101 to Accommodate 30 MHz Channels in the 6525-6875 MHz Band and

3060-AJ28

Provide Conditional Authorization on Channels in the 21.8-22.0 and 23.0-23.2 GHz Band

(WT Docket No. 04-114)................................................................ 388

In the Matter of Service Rules for the 698 to 746, 747 to 762 and 777 to 792 MHz Bands 3060-AJ35 389

In the Matter of Effects of Communications Towers on Migratory Birds.................. 3060-AJ36 390

Amendment of Part 90 of the Commission's Rules........................................ 3060-AJ37

WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU--Completed Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

391

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

3060-AH12

Monitoring Systems.................................................................... 392

Fixed Satellite Service and Terrestrial System in the Ku-Band......................... 3060-AH17 393

Implementation of the Communications Act of 1934 as Amended........................... 3060-AH33 394

Year 2000 Biennial Review (WT Docket No. 01-108)...................................... 3060-AI26 395

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

WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU--Long-Term Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

396

Implementation of the Universal Service Portions of the 1996 Telecommunications Act... 3060-AF85 397

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

Customer Information.................................................................. 398

Implementation of the Local Competition Provisions of the Telecommunications Act of

3060-AG50 1996.................................................................................. 399

Local Telephone Networks That LECs Must Make Available to Competitors................. 3060-AH44 400

2000 Biennial Regulatory Review--Telecommunications Service Quality Reporting

3060-AH72

Requirements.......................................................................... 401

Access Charge Reform and Universal Service Reform..................................... 3060-AH74 402

Numbering Resource Optimization....................................................... 3060-AH80 403

National Exchange Carrier Association Petition........................................ 3060-AI47 404

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

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Consumer Protection in the Broadband Era.............................................. 3060-AI73 406

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

3060-AJ02 135).................................................................................. 407

Jurisdictional Separations............................................................ 3060-AJ06 408

Implementation of NET 911 Improvement Act............................................. 3060-AJ09 409

Local Number Portability Porting Interval and Validation Requirements (WC Docket No 07- 3060-AJ32 244)..................................................................................

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 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

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    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

    R&O

    08/14/96

    61 FR 42181

    NOI

    09/26/96

    61 FR 50465

    R&O

    11/19/99

    64 FR 63235

    Further NOI

    11/19/99

    64 FR 63277

    Public Notice

    01/07/02

    67 FR 678

    R&O

    08/06/07

    72 FR 43546

    NPRM

    11/21/07

    72 FR 465494

    R&O

    05/07/08

    73 FR 25566

    R&O

    06/12/08

    73 FR 33324

    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. 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

    Fifth R&O (Correction)

    02/24/03

    68 FR 8553

    Public Notice

    08/27/04

    69 FR 52694

    Petitions for Recon of Fifth R&O

    Denied

    09/01/04

    69 FR 53346

    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

    Abstract: On July 3, 2003, the Commission released a Report and Order establishing, along with the FTC, a national do-not-call registry. The

    Commission's Report and Order also adopted rules on the use of predictive dialers, the transmission of caller ID information by telemarketers, and the sending of unsolicited fax advertisements.

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

    On April 5, 2006, the Commission adopted a Report and Order and Third

    Order on Reconsideration amending its facsimile advertising rules to implement the Junk Fax Protection Act of 2005. On October 14, 2008, the

    Commission released an Order on Reconsideration addressing certain issues raised in petitions for reconsideration and/or clarification of the Report and Order and Third Order on Reconsideration.

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

    ``prior express consent'' of the called party.

    Following a December 4, 2007 NPRM, on June 17, 2008, the Commission released a Report and Order amending its rules to require sellers and/ or telemarketers to honor registrations with the National Do-Not-Call

    Registry indefinitely, unless the registration is cancelled by the consumer or the number is removed by the database administrator.

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

    Timetable:

    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

    NPRM Comment Period End

    01/31/03

    Page 21910

    FNPRM

    04/03/03

    68 FR 16250

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    05/05/03

    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

    NPRM (release date)

    01/22/10

    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

    R&O, Order on Recon

    09/01/04

    69 FR 53346

    FNPRM

    09/01/04

    69 FR 53382

    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

    Order

    03/23/05

    70 FR 14568

    Public Notice/ Announcement of

    Date

    04/06/05

    70 FR 17334

    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

    09/14/05

    70 FR 54294

    Order

    09/14/05

    70 FR 54298

    Public Notice

    10/12/05

    70 FR 59346

    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

    NPRM

    02/01/06

    71 FR 5221

    Declaratory Ruling/Clarification05/31/06

    71 FR 30818

    FNPRM

    05/31/06

    71 FR 30848

    FNPRM

    06/01/06

    71 FR 31131

    Declaratory Ruling/Dismissal of

    Petition

    06/21/06

    71 FR 35553

    Clarification

    06/28/06

    71 FR 36690

    Declaratory Ruling on Recon

    07/06/06

    71 FR 38268

    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

    Final Rule; Clarification

    02/14/07

    72 FR 6960

    Order

    03/14/07

    72 FR 11789

    R&O

    08/06/07

    72 FR 43546

    Public Notice

    08/16/07

    72 FR 46060

    Order

    11/01/07

    72 FR 61813

    Public Notice

    01/04/08

    73 FR 863

    R&O/Declaratory Ruling

    01/17/08

    73 FR 3197

    Order

    02/19/08

    73 FR 9031

    Order

    04/21/08

    73 FR 21347

    R&O

    04/21/08

    73 FR 21252

    Order

    04/23/08

    73 FR 21843

    Public Notice

    04/30/08

    73 FR 23361

    Order

    05/15/08

    73 FR 28057

    Declaratory Ruling

    07/08/08

    73 FR 38928

    FNPRM

    07/18/08

    73 FR 41307

    R&O

    07/18/08

    73 FR 41286

    Public Notice

    08/01/08

    73 FR 45006

    Public Notice

    08/05/08

    73 FR 45354

    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

    Order

    05/06/09

    74 FR 20892

    Public Notice

    05/07/09

    74 FR 21364

    NPRM

    05/21/09

    74 FR 23815

    Public Notice

    05/21/09

    74 FR 23859

    Public Notice Comment Period End06/08/09

    Public Notice Comment Period End06/11/09

    Public Notice

    06/12/09

    74 FR 28046

    NPRM Comment Period End

    07/20/09

    Order

    07/29/09

    74 FR 37624

    Public Notice

    08/07/09

    74 FR 39699

    Comment Period End

    08/10/09

    Order

    09/18/09

    74 FR 47894

    Order

    10/26/09

    74 FR 54913

    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

    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

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  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 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. CONSUMER INFORMATION AND DISCLOSURE AND 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.

    On August 28, 2009, the Commission released a Notice of Inquiry which asks questions about information available to consumers at all stages of the purchasing process for all communications services, including

    (1) choosing a provider; (2) choosing a service plan; (3) managing the service plan; and (4) deciding whether and when to switch an existing provider or plan.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    FNPRM

    05/25/05

    70 FR 30044

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    06/24/05

    R&O

    05/25/05

    70 FR 29979

    NOI

    08/28/09

    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

    NPRM Comment Period End

    02/28/97

    R&O

    09/16/97

    62 FR 48487

    NPRM

    09/26/05

    70 FR 56150

    NPRM Comment Period End

    11/20/05

    Comment Period Extended

    11/25/05

    70 FR 71077

    Comment Period End

    12/16/05

    Order on Recon

    10/28/98

    63 FR 55959

    Order and Declaratory Ruling 01/13/09

    74 FR 1594

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    NPRM

    01/13/09

    74 FR 1654

    NPRM Comment Period End

    02/12/09

    Comment Period End

    02/27/09

    Final Rule

    02/19/10

    75 FR 7370

    Order

    02/19/10

    75 FR 7368

    Order Suspending Effective Date 02/19/10

    75 FR 7369

    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)

    Long-Term Actions

    Office of Engineering and Technology

  11. 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 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

  12. 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

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    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

    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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

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    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

    02/17/09

    74 FR 7314

    Petitions for Reconsideration 04/13/09

    74 FR 16870

    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

  15. 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 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

    NPRM Comment Period End

    01/09/04

    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

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    10/15/07

    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

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    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Completed Actions

    Office of Engineering and Technology

  16. 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

    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

  17. 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 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.

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    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    05/14/04

    69 FR 26790

    NPRM Comment Period End

    07/28/04

    R&O & MO&O

    05/11/05

    70 FR 24712

    MO&O

    07/25/07

    72 FR 40767

    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

    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Long-Term Actions

    International Bureau

  18. 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. The docket in this proceeding is now closed.

    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

    Order on Reconsideration

    11/29/08

    73 FR 70897

    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

  19. 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: Jay Whaley, Attorney, Federal Communications

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

    Phone: 202 418-7184

    Fax: 202 418-0748

    Email: jwhaley@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AF93

  20. 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, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications

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

    Phone: 202 418-2453

    Email: sean.omore@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH23

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  21. STREAMLINING EARTH STATION LICENSING RULES (IB DOCKET NO. 00-248)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 701 to 744

    Abstract: The Commission has found several cases in which modifying or eliminating rules could facilitate licensing of earth stations, thereby expediting the provision of useful satellite services to the public, without unreasonably increasing the risk of harmful interference to existing earth station or space station operators, or terrestrial wireless operators in shared frequency bands.

    Specifically, this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) considers the following rule revisions: (1) Codifying streamlined procedures for case-by-case examination of earth stations using ``non-routine'' antennas, non-routine power levels, or both; (2) relaxing some current requirements, such as increasing power and power density limits, and allowing some temporary fixed earth stations to begin operation sooner than is now permitted; (3) streamlining the very small aperture terminal (VSAT) rules, and revising the Commission's power level rules to provide for various types of VSAT multiple access methods; (4) adopting a simplified license application form for ``routine'' earth stations; and (5) other miscellaneous rule revisions. The Commission also invites comment on extending these proposed rules to the KA-band.

    On September 26, 2002, the Commission adopted a Further Notice of

    Proposed Rulemaking in this proceeding. This Further NPRM invited comment on refinements to the proposals in the NPRM to relax some earth station technical requirements, and on an alternative to the VSAT proposals in the NPRM. The Further NPRM also seeks comment on proposals made by commenters in response to the First NPRM.

    In the First Report and Order in this proceeding, the Commission extended the license term for earth station licenses from 10 to 15 years.

    In the Second Report and Order in this proceeding, the Commission adopted rules allowing unlicensed receive-only earth stations to receive transmissions from non-U.S.-licensed satellites on the

    Permitted List.

    In the Third Report and Order in this proceeding, the Commission adopted a streamlined application form for certain earth station licenses, and adopted a mandatory electronic filing requirement for those earth station applications.

    In the Fourth Report and Order in this proceeding, the Commission extended the mandatory electronic filing requirement to all earth station applications.

    In the Fifth Report and Order in this proceeding, the Commission adopted the following proposals from the NPRM: (1) Codifying streamlined procedures for non-routine antennas; (2) relaxing power and power density limits, and allowing routine KU-band temporary fixed earth stations to begin operations sooner; (3) revising certain VSAT rules; and (4) other miscellaneous rule revisions. One petition for reconsideration was filed in response to this Order on July 5, 2005.

    In the Sixth Report and Order in this proceeding, the Commission adopted revisions to the earth station antenna gain pattern requirements, as proposed in the Further Notice. Two petitions for reconsideration were filed in response to this Order on July 8, 2005.

    In the Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Commission invited comment on adopting off-axis EIRP envelops for C-band and KU- band FSS earth stations.

    In the Seventh Report and Order in this proceeding, the Commission considered and rejected its proposal in the NPRM to make revisions to part 23 of its rules.

    In the Eighth Report and Order in this proceeding, the Commission adopted the proposals in the Third FNPRM, in large part. This proceeding is now closed.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    01/08/01

    66 FR 1283

    First R&O

    03/19/02

    67 FR 12485

    FNPRM

    12/24/02

    67 FR 78399

    Second R&O (Release Date)

    06/20/03

    68 FR 2247

    Second FNPRM

    09/12/03

    68 FR 53702

    Third R&O

    11/12/03

    68 FR 63994

    Fourth R&O

    08/06/04

    69 FR 47790

    Fifth R&O

    06/02/05

    70 FR 32249

    Sixth R&O

    06/08/05

    70 FR 33373

    Third FNPRM

    06/08/05

    70 FR 33426

    Seventh R&O

    09/28/05

    70 FR 56580

    Public Notice/Petition for Recon10/26/05

    70 FR 61825

    Eighth R&O

    11/24/08

    73 FR 70897

    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-AH60

  22. 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

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    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 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

    Page 21919

    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

  26. 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 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

  27. 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

    R&O

    11/04/09

    74 FR 57092

    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

  28. 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

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    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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

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    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

    Email: brendan.murray@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG28

  32. 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: Mania K. Baghdadi, Deputy Division Chief, Industry

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

    Phone: 202 418-2133

    Email: mania.baghdadi@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH09

  33. 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, Media Bureau,

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

    Phone: 202 418-2700

    Email: peter.doyle@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH40

  34. 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

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    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

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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 adopted rule changes regarding newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership, but otherwise generally retained 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

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

    Phone: 202 418-2133

    Email: mania.baghdadi@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH97

  38. 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.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    09/26/03

    68 FR 55566

    NPRM Comment Period End

    11/25/03

    R&O

    11/29/04

    69 FR 69325

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Shaun Maher, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications

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

    Phone: 202 418-2324

    Fax: 202 418-2827

    Email: shaun.maher@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI38

  39. 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

    NPRM Comment Period End

    09/27/04

    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: 202 418-2133

    Email: mania.baghdadi@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI55

  40. 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

    NPRM Comment Period End

    04/08/05

    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

  41. 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. Petitions for reconsideration are pending.

    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

  42. 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; . . .

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    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. The Report and Order adopts the technical and licensing rules necessary to implement DTS service.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    12/07/05

    70 FR 72763

    NPRM Comment Period End

    02/06/06

    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

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

    AMENDED BY THE CABLE TELEVISION CONSUMER PROTECTION AND COMPETITION ACT

    OF 1992 (MB DOCKET NO. 05-311)

    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 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

    NPRM Comment Period End

    02/13/06

    R&O and FNPRM

    03/21/07

    72 FR 13230

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    04/20/07

    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

  44. 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 October 2007 Report and Order concluded the prohibition continues to be necessary, and accordingly, retained it until October 5, 2012. The accompanying Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

    (NPRM) sought comment on revisions to the Commission's program access and retransmission consent rules. The associated Report and Order adopted rules to permit complainants to pursue program access claims regarding terrestrially delivered cable affiliated programming.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    03/01/07

    72 FR 9289

    NPRM Comment Period End

    04/02/07

    R&O

    10/04/07

    72 FR 56645

    NPRM

    10/31/07

    72 FR 61590

    NPRM Comment Period End

    11/30/07

    R&O (release date)

    01/20/10

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: David Konczal, Policy Division, Media Bureau, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-2228

    Email: david.konczal@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI87

  45. 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.

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    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    07/09/07

    72 FR 37310

    NPRM Comment Period End

    08/08/07

    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

  46. 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

  47. 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

    02/16/99

    64 FR 7577

    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, Media Bureau,

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

    Phone: 202 418-2700

    Email: peter.doyle@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AJ07

  48. 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

    Page 21926

    Email: brendan.murray@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AJ10

  49. AN INQUIRY INTO THE COMMISSION'S POLICIES AND RULES REGARDING AM

    RADIO SERVICE DIRECTIONAL ANTENNA PERFORMANCE VERIFICATION (MM DOCKET

    NO. 93-177)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 303; 47 USC 308

    Abstract: This proceeding is part of a streamlining initiative to simplify the Media Bureau's licensing procedures. The Report and Order in this proceeding simplified traditional proof of performance requirements for directional AM stations. The Second Report and Order further reduces regulatory burdens on AM broadcasters by permitting the use of computer modeling.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    07/27/99

    64 FR 40539

    NPRM Comment Period End

    09/10/99

    R&O

    04/25/01

    66 FR 20752

    FNPRM

    04/25/01

    66 FR 20779

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    07/09/01

    Second R&O

    10/30/08

    73 FR 64558

    Second FNPRM

    12/11/08

    73 FR 75376

    Second FNPRM Comment Period End 01/12/09

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Ann Gallagher, Audio Division. Media Bureau, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-2716

    Email: ann.gallagher@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AJ17

  50. AMENDMENT OF PARTS 73 AND 74 OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES TO ESTABLISH

    RULES FOR REPLACEMENT DIGITAL LOW POWER TELEVISION TRANSLATOR STATIONS

    (MB DOCKET NO. 08-253)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i) and (j); 47 USC 157; 47 USC 301; 47 USC 302(a); 47 USC 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: This proceeding was initiated to create a new digital television translator service to permit full-service television stations to continue to provide digital service to viewers within their coverage areas who have lost service as a result of the stations' digital transition.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    01/02/09

    74 FR 61

    NPRM Comment Period End

    01/12/09

    R&O

    06/02/09

    74 FR 26300

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Barbara A. Kreisman, Chief, Video Division, Media

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

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1600

    Email: barbara.kreisman@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AJ18

  51. POLICIES TO PROMOTE RURAL RADIO SERVICE AND TO STREAMLINE ALLOTMENT

    AND ASSIGNMENT PROCEDURES (MB DOCKET NO. 09-52)

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

    Abstract: This proceeding was commenced to consider a number of changes to the Commission's rules and procedures to carry out the statutory goal of distributing radio service fairly and equitably, and to increase the transparency and efficiency of radio broadcast auction and licensing processes. In the NPRM, comment is sought on specific proposals regarding the procedures used to award commercial broadcast spectrum in the AM and FM broadcast bands. The accompanying Report and

    Order adopts rules that provide tribes a priority to obtain broadcast radio licenses in tribal communities. The Commission concurrently adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on whether to extend the tribal priority to tribes that do not possess tribal land.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    05/13/09

    74 FR 22498

    NPRM Comment Period End

    07/10/09

    First R&O (release date)

    02/02/10

    FNPRM (release date)

    02/03/10

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Peter Doyle, Chief, Audio Division, Media Bureau,

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

    Phone: 202 418-2700

    Email: peter.doyle@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AJ23

  52. PROMOTING DIVERSIFICATION OF OWNERSHIP IN THE BROADCAST SERVICES

    (MB DOCKET NO. 07-294)

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

    USC 257; 47 USC 303(r); 47 USC 307 to 310; 47 USC 336; 47 USC 534 to 535

    Abstract: Diversity and competition are longstanding and important

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    R&O

    05/16/08

    73 FR 28361 3rd FNPRM

    05/16/08

    73 FR 28400

    R&O

    05/27/09

    74 FR 25163 4th FNPRM

    05/27/09

    74 FR 25305 5th NPRM (release date)

    10/16/09

    MO&O

    10/30/09

    74 FR 56131

    Next Action Undetermined

    Page 21927

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Kristi Thompson, Attorney, Industry Analysis Division

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

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1318

    Email: kristi.thompson@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AJ27

    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Completed Actions

    Media Bureau

  53. 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.

    The Report and Order found a clear and compelling need for educational efforts directed at consumers. Requirements were imposed on several participants in the DTV transition to provide information about the transition to consumers.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    08/16/07

    72 FR 46014

    NPRM Comment Period End

    09/17/07

    R&O

    03/24/08

    73 FR 15431

    FNPRM

    05/28/08

    73 FR 30591

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    06/27/08

    Order

    06/26/08

    73 FR 36282

    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

    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Long-Term Actions

    Office of Managing Director

  54. 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

    NPRM Comment Period End

    02/14/06

    R&O

    08/02/06

    71 FR 43842

    NPRM

    05/02/07

    72 FR 24213

    NPRM Comment Period End

    05/03/07

    R&O

    08/16/07

    72 FR 45908

    FNPRM

    08/16/07

    72 FR 46010

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    09/17/07

    NPRM

    05/28/08

    73 FR 30563

    NPRM Comment Period End

    05/30/08

    R&O

    08/26/08

    73 FR 50201

    FNPRM

    08/26/08

    73 FR 50285

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    09/25/08 2nd R&O

    05/12/09

    74 FR 22104

    NPRM and Order

    06/02/09

    74 FR 26329

    NPRM Comment Period End

    06/04/09

    R&O

    08/11/09

    74 FR 40089

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Daniel Daly, Attorney, Office of the Managing Director,

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

    Phone: 202 418-1832

    Email: daniel.daly@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI79

    Page 21928

    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Long-Term Actions

    Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau

  55. 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 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

    R&O

    02/14/08

    73 FR 8617

    Public Notice

    09/25/08

    73 FR 55473

    Public Notice

    11/18/09

    74 FR 59539

    Comment Period End

    12/04/09

    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

  56. 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

    Public Notice

    01/13/05

    70 FR 2405

    Comment Period End

    03/29/05

    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

  57. 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

  58. 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

    Page 21929

    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

  59. 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

  60. 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.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    Fourth R&O, Third NPRM, and NPRM09/18/00

    65 FR 5675

    Fifth R&O, First R&O, and MO&O 01/14/02

    67 FR 1643

    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

  61. 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 delegated authority to the Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, to make the revisions to the filing system and template necessary to improve the efficiency of reporting and to reduce, where reasonably possible, the time for providers to prepare, and for the

    Commission staff to review, the communications disruption reports required to be filed. Such authority was subsequently delegated to the

    Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. These actions will allow the Commission to obtain the necessary information regarding service disruptions in an efficient and expeditious manner and to achieve significant concomitant public interest benefits.

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

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

    Timetable:

    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

    Page 21930

  62. 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

    09/18/07

    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

  63. 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 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 reviewing the impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks (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.

    The wireless industry challenged the backup power rule in the U.S.

    Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and, with some wireline providers, challenged the associated information collection before OMB. In February 2008, the Court issued a stay of the rule pending appeal, and, on July 8, 2008, the Court issued an order holding its decision on the challenge to the backup power rule in abeyance pending action by OMB on the information collection associated with the revised rule. In November 2008, OMB rejected the information collection.

    As a result of the actions by the Court and OMB, the backup power rule has never gone into effect. In December 2008, the FCC's Office of

    General Counsel requested that the Court dismiss the pending appeals of the backup power rule and informed the Court that the Commission plans to issue an NPRM to develop a revised rule. On July 31, 2009, the Court dismissed the petitions for review as moot and ordered that the backup power rule by vacated and this mandate was issued until September 18, 2009.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    07/07/06

    71 FR 38564

    NPRM Comment Period End

    08/07/06

    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

  64. 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

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  65. 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. The Commission has issued three orders adopting CMAS rules as required by statute. Issues raised in an FNPRM regarding testing requirements for non-commercial educational and public broadcast television stations remain outstanding.

    Timetable:

    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

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    09/15/08

    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

  66. EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 152; 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 154(o); 47 USC 301; 47 USC 393(r); 47 USC 303(v); 47 USC 307; 47 USC 309; 47

    USC 335; 47 USC 403; 47 USC 544(g); 47 USC 606; 47 USC 615

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    01/12/10

    75 FR 4760

    NPRM Comment Period End

    03/30/10

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Eric Ehrenreich, Attorney Advisor, Federal

    Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW.

    Phone: 202 418-1726

    Email: eric.ehrenreich@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AJ33

    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Long-Term Actions

    Wireless Telecommunications Bureau

  67. 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

  68. SERVICE RULES FOR THE 746 TO 764 AND 776 TO 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

  69. 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

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    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

  70. 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, 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

    Final Rule

    07/21/03

    68 FR 42984

    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

  71. 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

  72. 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 D'Ari, Spectrum and Competition Policy Division,

    Wireless Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street

    SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1550

    Fax: 202 418-7447

    Email: paul.dari@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH82

  73. 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.

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    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

  74. 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

    NPRM Comment Period End

    12/19/05

    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

  75. 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

    NPRM Comment Period End

    01/14/05

    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: Paul D'Ari, Spectrum and Competition Policy Division,

    Wireless Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street

    SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1550

    Fax: 202 418-7447

    Email: paul.dari@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI31

  76. 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

    NPRM Comment Period End

    05/06/02

    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

  77. 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

    NPRM Comment Period End

    03/14/02

    R&O and FNPRM

    10/16/03

    FNPRM

    04/12/04

    69 FR 19140

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    07/12/04

    R&O

    06/14/04

    69 FR 32577

    NPRM

    12/06/06

    71 FR 70710

    NPRM Comment Period End

    03/06/07

    Final Rule

    12/06/06

    71 FR 70671

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Jeff Tobias, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications

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

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-0680

    Email: jeff.tobias@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI35

  78. 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

    NPRM Comment Period End

    08/26/05

    Declaratory Ruling

    06/14/05

    70 FR 43322

    R&O

    01/24/06

    71 FR 6214

    FNPRM

    02/03/06

    71 FR 6992

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    02/24/06

    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

    NPRM Comment Period End

    08/21/06

    Reply Comment Period End

    09/19/06 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

  79. FACILITATING THE PROVISION OF FIXED AND MOBILE BROADBAND ACCESS,

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

    MHZ BANDS

    Legal Authority: 47 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.

    The Commission also seeks comment on establishing a new deadline for new initial Broadband Radio Service (BRS) licensees to demonstrate substantial service.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    04/02/03

    68 FR 34560

    NPRM Comment Period End

    09/08/03

    FNPRM

    07/29/04

    69 FR 72048

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    01/10/03

    R&O

    07/29/04

    69 FR 72020

    MO&O

    04/27/06

    71 FR 35178

    FNPRM

    03/20/08

    73 FR 26067

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    07/07/08

    MO&O

    03/20/08

    73 FR 26032

    MO&O

    09/28/09

    74 FR 49335

    FNPRM

    09/28/09

    74 FR 49356

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    10/13/09

    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

  80. 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

    Petition for Recon

    04/03/09

    74 FR 15271

    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

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    Email: jeff.tobias@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AJ16

  81. 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 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: Peter Daronco, Associate Div. Chief, Broadband Div.,

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

    Phone: 202 418-7235

    Email: peter.daronco@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AJ19

  82. SERVICE RULES FOR ADVANCED WIRELESS SERVICES IN THE 1915 TO 1920

    MHZ, 1995 TO 2000 MHZ, 2020 TO 2025 MHZ, AND 2175 TO 2180 MHZ BANDS

    Legal Authority: 47 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: Peter Daronco, Associate Div. Chief, Broadband Div.,

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

    Phone: 202 418-7235

    Email: peter.daronco@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AJ20

  83. 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.

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

    MHz Band frequencies. The Commission also holds in abeyance, until the conclusion of this proceeding, any pending license applications and equipment authorization requests that involve operation of low power auxiliary devices on frequencies in the 700 MHz Band after the end of the DTV transition.

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

    On January 15, 2010, the Commission also released a Further Notice of

    Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on the operation of low power auxiliary stations, including wireless microphones, in the core TV bands (channels 2-51, excluding channel 37). Among the issues the

    Commission is considering in the Further Notice are revisions to its rules to expand eligibility for licenses to operate wireless microphones under part 74; the operation of wireless microphones on an unlicensed basis in the core TV bands under part 15; technical rules to apply to low power wireless audio devices, including wireless microphones, operating in the core TV bands on an unlicensed basis under Part 15 of the rules; and long term solutions to address the operation of wireless microphones and the efficient use of the core TV spectrum.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    09/03/08

    73 FR 51406

    NPRM Comment Period End

    10/20/08

    R&O

    01/22/10

    75 FR 3622

    FNPRM

    01/22/10

    75 FR 3682

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    03/15/10

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: G. William Stafford, Attorney, Federal Communications

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

    Phone: 202 418-0563

    Fax: 202 418-3956

    Email: bill.stafford@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AJ21

  84. 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 that retain the current site-based licensing paradigm for the 900 MHz B/ILT ``white space''; adopts interference protection rules applicable to all licensees operating in the 900 MHz B/ILT spectrum; and lifts, on a rolling basis, the freeze placed on applications for new 900 MHz B/ILT licenses in September 2004--the lift being tied to the completion of rebanding in each 800

    MHz National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) region.

    Timetable:

    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

    Petition for Recon

    03/12/09

    74 FR 10739

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Michael Connelly, Attorney Advisor, Federal

    Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th

    Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-0132

    Email: michael.connelly@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AJ22

  85. AMENDMENT OF PART 101 TO ACCOMMODATE 30 MHZ CHANNELS IN THE 6525- 6875 MHZ BAND AND PROVIDE CONDITIONAL AUTHORIZATION ON CHANNELS IN THE 21.8-22.0 AND 23.0-23.2 GHZ BAND (WT DOCKET NO. 04-114)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151 and 152; 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 157; 47 USC 160; 47 USC 201; 47 USC 214; 47 USC 301 to 303; 47 USC 307 to 310; 47

    USC 319; 47 USC 324; 47 USC 332 and 333

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    06/29/09

    74 FR 36134

    NPRM Comment Period End

    07/22/09

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: John Schauble, Deputy Chief, Broadband Division, WTB,

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

    Phone: 202 418-0797

    Email: john.schauble@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AJ28

  86. IN THE MATTER OF SERVICE RULES FOR THE 698 TO 746, 747 TO 762 AND 777 TO 792 MHZ BANDS

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

    Abstract: This is one of several docketed proceedings involved in the establishment of rules governing wireless licenses in the 698-806 MHz

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

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    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    08/03/06

    71 FR 48506

    NPRM

    09/20/06

    FNPRM

    05/02/07

    72 FR 24238

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    05/23/07

    R&O

    07/31/07

    72 FR 48814

    Order on Recon

    09/24/07

    72 FR 56015

    Second FNPRM

    05/14/08

    73 FR 29582

    Second FNPRM Comment Period End 06/20/08

    Third FNPRM

    09/05/08

    73 FR 57750

    Third FNPRM Comment Period End 11/03/08

    Second R&O

    02/20/09

    74 FR 8868

    Final Rule

    03/04/09

    74 FR 8868

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Paul D'Ari, Spectrum and Competition Policy Division,

    Wireless Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street

    SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1550

    Fax: 202 418-7447

    Email: paul.dari@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AJ35

  87. IN THE MATTER OF EFFECTS OF COMMUNICATIONS

    TOWERS ON MIGRATORY BIRDS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 303(q); 47 USC 303(r); 42 USC 4321 et seq

    Abstract: On April 14, 2009, American Bird Conservancy, Defenders of

    Wildlife, and National Audubon Society filed a Petition for Expedited

    Rulemaking and Other Relief. The petitioners request that the

    Commission adopt on an expedited basis a variety of new rules, which they assert are necessary to comply with environmental statutes and their implementing regulations. This proceeding addresses the Petition for Expedited Rulemaking and Other Relief.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    11/22/06

    71 FR 67510

    NPRM Comment Period End

    02/20/07

    New NPRM Comment Period End

    05/23/07

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Jeff Steinberg, Deputy Chief, Spectrum and Competition

    Div, WTB, Federal Communications Commission, Wireless

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

    Phone: 202 418-0896

    RIN: 3060-AJ36

  88. AMENDMENT OF PART 90 OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154; 47 USC 303

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    06/13/07

    72 FR 32582

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Rodney P Conway, Engineer, Federal Communications

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

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-2904

    Fax: 202 418-1944

    Email: rodney.conway@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AJ37

    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Completed Actions

    Wireless Telecommunications Bureau

  89. 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

    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

  90. 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

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Jennifer Mock, Program Analyst, Wireless

    Telecommunications Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th

    Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1890

    Email: jennifer.mock@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH17

  91. 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

    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

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

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

    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

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    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

  93. 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

    NPRM Comment Period End

    05/03/05

    Final Rule Correction

    04/27/05

    70 FR 21663

    Final Rule

    12/27/05

    70 FR 76411

    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

    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Long-Term Actions

    Wireline Competition Bureau

  94. 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.

    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

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    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.

    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 October 9, 2009, the Commission issued an Order and Notice of

    Proposed (NPRM) addressing the effect of line loss on universal service

    Local Switching Support (LSS) received by incumbent local exchange carriers (LECs) that are designated as eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs). Under the Commission's rules, as an incumbent LEC

    ETC's access lines increase above certain thresholds, the amount of LSS it may receive decreases. The order denies the Coalition for Equity in

    Switching Support's petition seeking clarification that the

    Commission's rules allow an incumbent LEC ETC's local switching support to increase if the carrier's access lines decrease below those thresholds. In the NPRM, the Commission tentatively concludes that the

    LSS rules should be modified to permitincumbent LEC ETCs that lose lines to increase their LSS; and the Commission seeks comment on these proposed rule changes.

    On November 5, 2009, the Commission issued a Notice of Proposed

    Rulemaking that proposes to revise the Commission's rules for the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism, also known as the E-rate program, to comply with the requirements of the

    Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act. The Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act added a new certification requirement for elementary and secondary schools that have computers with Internet access and receive discounts under the E-rate program. The NPRM also proposes to revise related Commission rules to reflect existing statutory language more accurately.

    On December 2, 2009, the Commission issued a Report and Order and

    Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) addressing and seeking comment on issues regarding the services eligible for funding under the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism, also known as the E-rate program. The order released the Funding Year 2010 E-rate

    Eligible Service List, concluding that interconnected voice over

    Internet protocol VoIP service is an eligible service and should continue to receive E-rate program funding. Additionally, the report and order clarifies the E-rate program eligibility of text messaging, video on-demand servers, Ethernet, web hosting, wireless local area network (LAN) controllers, and virtualization software. The FNPRM seeks comment on the eligibility of certain services in future funding years, as well as on proposed changes to the process for determining the services that will be eligible for support under the E-rate program.

    On December 8, 2009, the Commission sought comment on a petition for rulemaking filed by the National Cable and Telecommunications

    Association (NCTA). NCTA proposes that the Commission establish procedures to reduce the amount of universal service high-cost support provided to carriers in those areas of the country where there is extensive, unsubsidized facilities-based voice competition and where government subsidies no longer are needed to ensure that service will be made available to consumers.

    On December 15, 2009, the Commission issued a Further Notice of

    Proposed Rulemaking responding to the decision of the United States

    Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Qwest Communications

    International, Inc. v. FCC, in which the court remanded the

    Commission's rules for providing high-cost universal service support to non-rural carriers. The Commission tentatively concluded that it should not attempt wholesale reform of the non-rural high-cost mechanism at this time, but it sought comment on certain interim changes to address the court's concerns and changes in the marketplace. Specifically, the

    Commission sought comment on what changes should be made to the

    Commission's rules regarding the rate comparability review and certification process, whether the Commission should define

    ``reasonably comparable'' rural and urban rates in terms of rates for bundled local and long distance services, and whether the Commission should require carriers to certify that they offer bundled local and long distance services at reasonably comparable rural and urban rates.

    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

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    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

    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

    R&O

    05/22/09

    74 FR 2395

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Nakesha Woodward, Program Support Assistant, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-1502

    Email: kesha.woodward@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AF85

  95. 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

    Fax: 202 418-1413

    Email: melissa.kirkel@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG43

  96. 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; 47 USC 251

    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

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    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 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 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 January 29, 2002, the Commission released an Order on

    Reconsideration (FCC 02-11) 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 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 Reply Comment Period End 06/03/96

    Second R&O

    09/06/96

    61 FR 47284

    Second Order on Recon

    09/27/99

    64 FR 51910

    NPRM

    09/27/99

    64 FR 51949

    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

  97. LOCAL TELEPHONE NETWORKS THAT LECS MUST MAKE AVAILABLE TO

    COMPETITORS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 251

    Abstract: The Commission adopted 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 rules are intended to accelerate the development of local exchange competition.

    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

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  98. 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

  99. 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 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

    NPRM Comment Period End

    02/26/01

    FNPRM

    11/30/01

    66 FR 59761

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    12/31/01

    R&O

    11/30/01

    66 FR 59719

    Second FNPRM

    03/23/04

    69 FR 13794

    Second FNPRM Comment Period End 04/23/04

    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

  100. 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 1,000, rather than 10,000, 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

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    in a particular area. That 60 percent utilization threshold increases to 75 percent over the next 3 years. The Commission also established a 5-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.

    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.

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    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

  101. 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

  102. 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 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

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    payment obligations for interconnected VoIP service providers, which shall become effective November 15, 2007, which is 90 days from date of notification to Congress.

    On November 1, 2007, the Commission gave notice that it granted in part, denied in part, and sought comment on petitions filed by the

    Voice on the Net Coalition, the United States Telecom Association, and

    Hamilton Telephone Company seeking a stay or waiver of certain aspects of the Commission's VoIP Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) Order

    (72 FR 61813; 72 FR 61882).

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

    On December 6, 2007, OMB approved the public information collection pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for the Commission's

    CPNI rules (72 FR 72358).

    On February 21, 2008, the Commission published in the Federal Register notice that the Commission adopted rules extending local number portability obligations and numbering administration support obligations to interconnected VoIP services. The Commission also explained it had responded to the District of Columbia Circuit Court of

    Appeals stay of the Commission's Intermodal Number Portability Order by publishing a Final Regulatory Flexibility Act (73 FR 9463; R&O 02/21/ 2008).

    On February 21, 2008, the Commission published in the Federal Register notice that it sought comment on other changes to its LNP and numbering related rules, including whether to extend such rules to interconnected

    VoIP providers (73 FR 9507).

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

    On May 15, 2008, the Commission's Consumer and Governmental Affairs

    Bureau (CGB) published in the Federal Register notice that it had granted interconnected VoIP providers an extension of time to route 711-dialed calls to an appropriate telecommunications relay service

    (TRS) center in certain circumstances (73 FR 28057). On July 29, 2009,

    CGB published notice in the Federal Register that it was granting another extension. (74FR 37624)

    On August 7, 2009, the Commission published a notice in the Federal

    Register that it had amended its rules so that providers of interconnected VoIP service must comply with the same discontinuance rules as domestic non-dominant telecommunications carriers. (74 FR 39551)

    Timetable:

    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

    07/29/09

    74 FR 37624

    R&O

    08/07/09

    74 FR 39551

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Tim Stelzig, Associate Chief, Competition Policy

    Division, Federal Communications Commission, Wireline Competition

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

    Phone: 202 418-0942

    Email: tim.stelzig@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI48

  103. CONSUMER PROTECTION IN THE BROADBAND ERA

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

    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, Wireline Competition Bureau, 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

  104. 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

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    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

  105. 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. In 2009, the

    Commission adopted a Report and Order extending the separations process an additional year to June 2010.

    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

    Report and Order

    05/15/09

    74 FR 23955

    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

  106. 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

    Email: matthew.warner@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AJ09

  107. LOCAL NUMBER PORTABILITY PORTING INTERVAL AND

    VALIDATION REQUIREMENTS (WC DOCKET NO 07-244)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 154(j); 47 USC 251; 47 USC 303(r)

    Abstract: In 2007, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed

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

    In the Local Number Portability Porting Interval and Validation

    Requirements First Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed

    Rulemaking, released on May 13, 2009, the Commission reduced the porting interval for simple wireline and simple intermodal port requests, requiring all entities subject to its local number portability (LNP) rules to complete simple wireline-to-wireline and simple intermodal port requests within one business day. In a related

    Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM), the Commission sought comment on what further steps, if any, the Commission should take to improve the process of changing providers. In addition, the Commission directed the North American Numbering Council to develop new LNP provisioning process flows that take into account this shortened porting interval. In developing these flows, the NANC must address how a ``business day'' should be construed for purposes of the porting interval, and generally how the porting time should be measured.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    02/21/08

    73 FR 9507

    R&O and FNPRM

    07/02/09

    74 FR 31630

    R&O and FNPRM Comment Period End08/01/09

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Melissa Kirkel, Attorney-Advisor, WCB, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-7958

    Fax: 202 418-1413

    Email: melissa.kirkel@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AJ32

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