REGULATORY AGENDA Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

 
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May 5, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 87)

Unified Agenda

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Federal Communications Commission

Part XIX

Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION 47 CFR Ch. I

Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions-Spring 2008

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

275

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)......... 276

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

Act of 1996; CC Docket No. 94-129..................................................... 277

Implementation of Section 255 and Section 251(a)(2) of the Telecommunications Act of

3060-AG58 1996; Access to Telecommunications Services Equipment and Customer Premise Equipment for Persons With Disabilities......................................................... 278

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

3060-AG75

Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Telecommunications Act of 1996; CC Docket No. 90-571 279

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

3060-AI14 1991 (CG Docket No. 02-278) (Section 610 Review)...................................... 280

Rules and Regulations Implementing Section 225 of the Communications Act

3060-AI15

(Telecommunications Relay Service) (CG Docket No. 03-123) (Section 610 Review)........ 281

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

3060-AI20

Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003 (CG Docket No. 04-53)........................... 282

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

3060-AI58

Obligations on All Local and Interexchange Carriers (CG Docket No. 02-386)............ 283

Truth in Billing and Billing Format................................................... 3060-AI61 284

Closed Captioning of Video Programming................................................ 3060-AI72

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OFFICE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY--Long-Term Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

285

Revision of the Rules Regarding Ultra-Wideband Transmission........................... 3060-AH47 286

New Advanced Wireless Services; ET Docket No. 00-258.................................. 3060-AH65 287

Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields..................................... 3060-AI17 288

Unlicensed Operation of the 3650-3700 Band (ET Docket No. 04-151)..................... 3060-AI50 289

Unlicensed Operation in the TV Broadcast Bands (ET Docket No. 04-186)................. 3060-AI52 290

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

INTERNATIONAL BUREAU--Long-Term Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

291

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

3060-AD70

Licensing Procedures (IB Docket No. 95-117)........................................... 292

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

3060-AF89 in the L-Band (IB Docket No. 96-132).................................................. 293

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)......... 294

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)........................................................ 295

Space Station Licensing Reform (IB Docket No. 02-34).................................. 3060-AH98 296

Mitigation of Orbital Debris (IB Docket No. 02-54).................................... 3060-AI06 297

Amendment of Parts 1 and 63 of the Commission's Rules (Docket No. 04-47).............. 3060-AI41 298

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

(IB Docket No. 04-112)................................................................ 299

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)............. 300

Amendment of Parts 2 and 25 of the Commission's Rules To Allocate Spectrum and Adopt

3060-AI90

Service Rules and 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

301

Cable Television Rate Regulation...................................................... 3060-AF41 302

Cable Television Rate Regulation: Cost of Service..................................... 3060-AF48 303

Cable Home Wiring..................................................................... 3060-AG02 304

Competitive Availability of Navigation Devices (97-80)................................ 3060-AG28 305

Horizontal Ownership Limits and Attribution Rules..................................... 3060-AH09 306

Digital Audio Broadcasting Systems (MM Docket No. 99-325)............................. 3060-AH40 307

Second Periodic Review of Rules and Policies Affecting the Conversion to DTV.......... 3060-AH54 308

Direct Broadcast Public Interest Obligations (MM Docket No. 93-25).................... 3060-AH59 309

Revision of EEO Rules and Policies (MM Docket No. 98-204)............................. 3060-AH95 310

Broadcast Multiple and Cross-Ownership Limits......................................... 3060-AH97 311

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

3060-AI38

Television Booster Stations (MB Docket No. 03-185).................................... 312

Joint Sales Agreements in Local Television Markets.................................... 3060-AI55 313

Significantly Viewed Out-of-Market Broadcast Stations (Docket No. 05-49).............. 3060-AI56 314

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)........... 315

Digital Television Distributed Transmission System Technologies (Docket No. 05-312)... 3060-AI68 316

Implementation of Section 621(a)(1) of the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984 as

3060-AI69

Amended by the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992....... 317

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

3060-AI87

Programming Tying Arrangements; (Docket No. 07-29) (MB Docket No. 07-198)............. 318

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

3060-AI89 to Digital Television; MB Docket No. 07-91............................................

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DTV Consumer Education Initiative; MB Docket No. 07-148............................... 3060-AI96 320

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

OFFICE OF MANAGING DIRECTOR--Long-Term Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

321

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

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

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

322

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

3060-AG34

Systems............................................................................... 323

Enhanced 911 Services for Wireline.................................................... 3060-AG60 324

In the Matter of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act................ 3060-AG74 325

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

3060-AG85

Communications Requirements........................................................... 326

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

3060-AH30

Maritime Mobile-Satellite Radio Services; (IB Docket No. 98-96)....................... 327

Implementation of 911 Act............................................................. 3060-AH90 328

Commission Rules Concerning Disruptions to Communications............................. 3060-AI22 329

E911 Requirements for IP-Enabled Service Providers.................................... 3060-AI62 330

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

3060-AI78

Communications Networks............................................................... 331

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

WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU--Long-Term Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

332

Amendment of the Commission's Rules Concerning Maritime Communications................ 3060-AF14 333

Resale and Roaming Obligations Pertaining to Commercial Mobile Radio Services......... 3060-AF58 334

Implementation of Section 309(j) of the Communications Act, Competitive Bidding; 218-

3060-AG00 219 MHz Competitive Bidding Rules..................................................... 335

39 GHz Channel Plan................................................................... 3060-AG16 336

Implementation of 309(j) of the Communications Act, Amendment of Parts 20 and 24 of

3060-AG21 the Commission's Rules--Broadband PCS Competitive Bidding and the Commercial Mobile

Radio Service Spectrum Cap............................................................ 337

Multiple Access Systems............................................................... 3060-AG86 338

Amendment of Part I of the Commission's Rules--Competitive Bidding Procedures......... 3060-AG87 339

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

3060-AH12

Monitoring Systems.................................................................... 340

Fixed Satellite Service and Terrestrial System in the Ku-Band......................... 3060-AH17 341

Service Rules for the 746-764 and 776-794 MHz Bands, and Revisions to Part 27 of the

3060-AH32

Commission's Rules.................................................................... 342

Implementation of Sections 309(j) and 337 of the Communications Act of 1934 as Amended 3060-AH33 343

Amendment to Parts 1, 2, 87, and 101 of the Rules To License Fixed Services at 24 GHz. 3060-AH41 344

Amendment of Parts 13 and 80 Governing Maritime Communications........................ 3060-AH55 345

Competitive Bidding Procedures........................................................ 3060-AH57 346

Transfer of the 3650 Through 3700 MHz Band From Federal Government Use................ 3060-AH75 347

2000 Biennial Regulatory Review Spectrum Aggregation Limits for Commercial Mobile

3060-AH81

Radio Services........................................................................ 348

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

3060-AH82 to the Development of Secondary Markets............................................... 349

Reexamination of Roaming Obligations of Commercial Mobile Radio Service Providers..... 3060-AH83 350

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

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Review of Quiet Zones Application Procedures.......................................... 3060-AH88 352

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

3060-AH89 52-59)................................................................................ 353

Year 2000 Part 22 Biennial Review (WT Docket No. 01-108).............................. 3060-AI26 354

Air-Ground Telecommunications Services................................................ 3060-AI27 355

Amendments of Various Rules Affecting Wireless Radio Services (WT Docket No. 03-264).. 3060-AI30 356

Facilitating the Provision of Spectrum-Based Services to Rural Areas.................. 3060-AI31 357

Extending Wireless Telecommunications Services to Tribal Lands........................ 3060-AI32 358

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

3060-AI33

Band of the Private Land Mobile Radio Services, WT 02-318............................. 359

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

3060-AI34

Transportation and Business Channels.................................................. 360

Review of Part 87 of the Commission's Rules Concerning Aviation; WT Docket No. 01-289. 3060-AI35 361

Digital Broadcast Content Protection (MB Docket No. 02-230)........................... 3060-AI37 362

Hearing Aid-Compatible Telephones (WT Docket Nos. 01-309 & 06-150).................... 3060-AI57 363

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.......

WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU--Long-Term Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

364

Implementation of the Universal Service Portions of the 1996 Telecommunications Act... 3060-AF85 365

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

Customer Information.................................................................. 366

Implementation of the Local Competition Provisions of the Telecommunications Act of

3060-AG50 1996.................................................................................. 367

Local Telephone Networks That LECs Must Make Available to Competitors................. 3060-AH44 368

2000 Biennial Regulatory Review--Telecommunications Service Quality Reporting

3060-AH72

Requirements.......................................................................... 369

Access Charge Reform and Universal Service Reform..................................... 3060-AH74 370

Numbering Resource Optimization....................................................... 3060-AH80 371

National Exchange Carrier Association Petition........................................ 3060-AI47 372

IP-Enabled Services................................................................... 3060-AI48 373

Consumer Protection in the Broadband Era.............................................. 3060-AI73 374

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

3060-AJ02 135................................................................................... 375

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

WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU--Completed Actions

Regulation

Sequence

Title

Identifier

Number

Number

376

Detariffing of Competitive Local Exchange Carriers' Interstate Exchange Access

3060-AG73

Services.............................................................................. 377

Regulation of Prepaid Calling Card Services; WC Docket No. 05-68...................... 3060-AI83

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.

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    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, Attorney, 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 July 2000, the Commission took further action to improve the existing carrier change process for both consumers and carriers. In

    December 2000, the Commission adopted a Biennial Review FNPRM seeking comment on proposals to amend the slamming rules to lighten administrative burdens associated with selling or transferring customer bases by eliminating the need to obtain a waiver, while continuing to protect consumers. In February 2001, the Commission adopted an order modifying and clarifying certain aspects of the reporting and registration requirements it had adopted in July 2000. In May 2001, the

    Commission adopted streamlined procedures for the carrier-to-carrier sale or transfer of customer bases, as proposed in the Biennial Review

    FNPRM.

    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.

    In July, 2004, the Commission released a Fourth Order on

    Reconsideration disposing of petitions for reconsideration of the streamlined rules for compliance with section 258 of the Act. In

    November, 2004, a Fifth Order on Reconsideration was released that confirmed certain carrier change verification rules.

    On January 4, 2008, the Commission release 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 Report & Order and Second

    FNPRM

    02/16/99

    64 FR 7745

    First Order on Recon

    04/13/00

    65 FR 47678

    Third Report & Order 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 Report & Order and Fourth

    Report & Order

    06/06/01

    66 FR 30334 2nd FNPRM

    03/17/03

    68 FR 19176 3rd Order on Recon

    03/17/03

    68 FR 19152 2nd FNPRM Comment Period End 06/17/03 4th Order on Recon & First Order on Recon

    07/17/04 5th Order on Recon (Release

    Date)

    11/24/04

    Order

    02/04/08

    73 FR 6444

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Nancy Stevenson, Attorney, Federal Communications

    Commission, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, 445 12th Street

    SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-2512

    TDD Phone: 202 418-7172

    Fax: 202 418-1196

    Email: nancy.stevenson@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG46

  3. IMPLEMENTATION OF SECTION 255 AND SECTION 251(A)(2) OF THE

    TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1996; ACCESS TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES

    EQUIPMENT AND CUSTOMER PREMISE EQUIPMENT FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

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

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    Notice

    03/07/96

    61 FR 9164

    Notice

    07/30/96

    61 FR 39657

    Page 24793

    R&O

    08/14/96

    61 FR 42181

    NOI

    09/26/96

    61 FR 50465

    Notice

    10/23/96

    61 FR 54999

    NPRM

    05/22/98

    63 FR 28456

    Notice

    10/28/98

    63 FR 57686

    Notice

    04/13/99

    64 FR 18021

    Notice

    04/19/99

    64 FR 19178

    Notice

    06/02/99

    64 FR 29644

    Report & Order

    11/19/99

    64 FR 63235

    Further NOI

    11/19/99

    64 FR 63277

    Public Notice

    07/13/00

    65 FR 43372

    Public Notice

    01/07/02

    67 FR 678

    Notice

    04/23/02

    67 FR 19753

    Notice

    09/06/02

    67 FR 57009

    Notice

    10/30/02

    67 FR 66154

    Public Notice

    07/21/04

    69 FR 43586

    Notice

    07/29/04

    69 FR 45318

    Notice

    02/14/05

    70 FR 7503

    Notice

    04/06/05

    70 FR 17456

    Public Notice

    07/20/05

    70 FR 41754

    Notice

    03/29/06

    71 FR 15738

    Notice

    07/26/06

    71 FR 42396

    Public Notice

    08/02/06

    71 FR 43768

    R&O

    08/06/07

    72 FR 43546

    Notice

    08/06/07

    72 FR 43638

    Comment Period End

    10/05/07

    Notice

    12/10/07

    72 FR 69686

    PRA Comment Period End

    02/08/08

    Notice

    12/11/07

    72 FR 70324

    PRA Comment Period End

    01/10/08

    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: 202 418-0410

    Fax: 202 418-6219

    Email: cheryl.king@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG58

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

    AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990, AND THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT

    OF 1996; CC DOCKET NO. 90-571

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

    Abstract: This item addresses the requirement that telecommunications relay services be capable of handling any type of call normally provided by common carriers, including coin sent-paid calls. On April 5, 2001, the Commission published a Second FNPRM seeking comment on the coin sent-paid issue. This Second FNPRM suspended the enforcement of section 64.604(a)(3) of our rules until final rules in this proceeding are adopted and published in the Federal Register.

    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 2nd NPRM

    04/05/01

    66 FR 18059 5th R&O

    02/07/03

    68 FR 6352

    R & O (Correction)

    02/24/03

    68 FR 8553

    Recon of 5th R&O and Order

    Comment Deadline

    04/04/03

    Public Notice

    04/15/03

    68 FR 18205

    Comment Period End for Petitions for Recon

    04/30/03

    Notice

    08/27/04

    69 FR 52694

    Petitions for Recon of 5th R&O

    Denied

    09/01/04

    69 FR 53346

    Notice

    09/01/04

    69 FR 53442

    Comment Period End

    11/01/04

    Public Notice

    11/12/04

    69 FR 65401

    Comment Period End

    11/30/04

    Notice

    12/27/04

    69 FR 77246

    Comment Period End

    01/26/05

    Notice

    04/06/05

    70 FR 17456

    Notice

    04/19/06

    71 FR 20101

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

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

    Phone: 202 418-1475

    Email: thomas.chandler@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG75

  5. RULES AND REGULATIONS IMPLEMENTING THE TELEPHONE CONSUMER

    PROTECTION ACT (TCPA) OF 1991 (CG DOCKET NO. 02-278) (SECTION 610

    REVIEW)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 227

    Abstract: The Commission released an NPRM on September 18, 2002, seeking comment on the rules implementing the Telephone Consumer

    Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA). The NPRM sought comment on whether the

    Commission should revise its existing rules, or adopt additional rules, on the use of autodialers, prerecorded messages, and unsolicited facsimile advertisements. The NPRM also sought comment on the effectiveness of the company-specific do-not-call lists and whether to revisit the option of establishing a national do-not-call list.

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

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

    On September 21, 2004, the Commission released an Order adopting a limited safe harbor period from the prohibition on placing automatic telephone dialing systems or prerecorded message calls to wireless numbers when such calls are made to numbers that have been recently ported from wireline service to wireless service. In addition, the

    Commission amended its existing safe harbor rules for telemarketers subject to the do-not-call registry to require such telemarketers to access the do-not-call list every 31 days, rather than every three months.

    On February 18, 2005, the Commission released a Second Order on

    Reconsideration to Address issues raised in petitions for reconsideration of the Commission's 2003 TCPA Report and Order.

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

    Third Order on Reconsideration amending its facsimile advertising rules. On April 5, 2006, the Commission released a Public Notice seeking comment on a petition for declaratory ruling filed by ACA

    International, which asks the Commission to clarify that the TCPA's restriction on calls to wireless numbers do not apply to creditors calling to recover payments.

    On December 4, 2007, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed

    Rulemaking, in which it tentatively concluded that the Commission should amend its rules under the TCPA to require telemarketers to honor

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    registrations with the National Do-Not-Call Registry so that registrations will not automatically expire based on the current five year registration period. The period for filing comments closed on

    January 28,2008.

    On January 4, 2008, the Commission released a Declaratory Ruling to address the ACA International petition, 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.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    10/08/02

    67 FR 62667

    NPRM Comment Period Extended 11/29/02

    67 FR 71126

    Reply Comment Period Extended 12/26/02

    67 FR 78763

    Comment Period End

    01/31/03

    FNPRM

    04/03/03

    68 FR 16250

    Order

    07/25/03

    68 FR 44144

    Order Effective

    08/25/03

    Order on Recon

    08/25/03

    68 FR 50978

    Order

    10/14/03

    68 FR 59130

    FNPRM

    03/31/04

    69 FR 16873

    Order

    10/08/04

    69 FR 60311

    Order

    10/28/04

    69 FR 62816

    Order on Recon

    04/13/05

    70 FR 19330

    Order

    06/30/05

    70 FR 37705

    NPRM

    12/19/05

    70 FR 75102

    Notice

    04/26/06

    71 FR 24634

    Order

    05/03/06

    71 FR 25967

    NPRM

    12/14/07

    72 FR 71099

    Order

    02/01/08

    73 FR 6041

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Erica H. McMahon, Attorney, 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) (SECTION 610 REVIEW)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154; 47 USC 225; 47 USC 255; 47 USC 610

    Abstract: This proceeding establishes a new docket flowing from the previous telecommunications relay service (TRS) history, CC Docket No. 98-67. This proceeding contains an NPRM continuing the Commission's inquiry into improving the quality of TRS and furthering the goal of functional equivalency consistent with the Congress' mandate that TRS regulations encourage the use of existing technology and not discourage or impair the development of new technology. The Commission seeks comment on 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

    NPRM Comment Period End

    10/09/03

    Public Notice

    07/26/04

    69 FR 44534

    Comment Period End

    08/30/04

    R&O, Order on Recon

    09/01/04

    69 FR 53346

    FNPRM

    09/01/04

    69 FR 53382

    Public Notice

    11/12/04

    69 FR 65401

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    11/15/04

    Comment Period End

    11/30/04

    Comment Period End

    12/30/04

    Public Notice

    01/11/05

    70 FR 2360

    Comment Period End

    01/19/05

    Public Notice

    02/17/05

    70 FR 8034

    Declaratory Ruling/

    Interpretation

    02/25/05

    70 FR 9239

    Comment Period End

    03/04/05

    Public Notice

    03/07/05

    70 FR 10930

    Public Notice

    03/16/05

    70 FR 12884

    Order

    03/23/05

    70 FR 14568

    Public Notice/ Announcement of

    Date

    04/06/05

    70 FR 17334

    Comment Period End

    05/02/05

    Public Notice

    05/11/05

    70 FR 24790

    Comment Period End

    05/25/05

    Order

    07/01/05

    70 FR 38134

    Deadline

    07/01/05

    Public Notice

    07/13/05

    70 FR 38134

    Order on Recon

    08/31/05

    70 FR 51643

    R&O

    08/31/05

    70 FR 51649

    Public Notice

    09/07/05

    70 FR 53191

    Order on Clarification

    09/14/05

    70 FR 54294

    Notice

    09/14/05

    70 FR 54381

    Order on Clarification

    09/14/05

    70 FR 54298

    Comment Period End

    10/07/05

    Public Notice

    10/12/05

    70 FR 59346

    Public Notice

    11/30/05

    70 FR 71849

    R&O / Order on Reconsideration 12/23/05

    70 FR 76208

    Order

    12/28/05

    70 FR 76712

    Order

    12/29/05

    70 FR 77052

    Notice

    01/11/06

    71 FR 1753

    Notice

    01/11/06

    71 FR 1755

    Comment Period End

    01/17/06

    Public Notice/Petition for

    Rulemaking Withdrawn

    01/18/06

    71 FR 2942

    NPRM

    02/01/06

    71 FR 5221

    Notice

    02/01/06

    71 FR 5221

    Comment Period End

    02/10/06

    Comment Period End

    03/08/06

    Notice/ Announcement of

    Effective Date

    03/15/06

    71 FR 13281

    Notice

    03/24/06

    71 FR 14893

    Public Notice

    05/10/06

    71 FR 27252

    Notice

    05/24/06

    71 FR 29961

    Declaratory Ruling/Clarification05/31/06

    71 FR 30818

    FNPRM

    05/31/06

    71 FR 30848

    Declaratoy Ruling/Dismissal of

    Petition

    06/21/06

    71 FR 35553

    Clarification

    06/28/06

    71 FR 36690

    Public Notice

    06/28/06

    71 FR 36795

    Public Notice

    06/28/06

    71 FR 36796

    Public Notice

    06/28/06

    71 FR 36794

    Declaratory Ruling on Recon

    07/06/06

    71 FR 38268

    Comment Period End

    07/17/06

    Comment Period End

    07/17/06

    Public Notice

    08/02/06

    71 FR 43768

    Order on Reconsideration

    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

    Correction

    09/27/06

    71 FR 56442

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    10/30/06

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    11/13/06

    PRA Comment Period End

    11/13/06

    Final Rule; Clarification

    02/14/07

    72 FR 6960

    Notice

    02/14/07

    72 FR 7031

    Notice Comment Period End

    04/16/07

    Public Notice

    03/01/07

    72 FR 9333

    Notice

    03/01/07

    72 FR 9332

    Public Notice

    03/07/07

    72 FR 10214

    Order

    03/14/07

    72 FR 11789

    Public Notice

    04/12/07

    72 FR 18478

    Notice

    04/18/07

    72 FR 19501

    Notice

    05/02/07

    72 FR 24305

    Public Notice

    05/16/07

    72 FR 27570

    Public Notice

    05/16/07

    72 FR 27569

    Notice

    06/06/07

    72 FR 31327

    Notice

    06/13/07

    72 FR 32661

    Public Notice

    07/18/07

    72 FR 39423

    R&O

    08/06/07

    72 FR 43546

    Notice

    08/06/07

    72 FR 43638

    Page 24795

    Public Notice

    08/16/07

    72 FR 46060

    Order

    11/01/07

    72 FR 61813

    Public Notice

    11/01/07

    72 FR 61882

    Notice

    12/11/07

    72 FR 70324

    Public Notice

    01/04/08

    73 FR 863

    R&O / Declaratory Ruling

    01/17/08

    73 FR 3197

    Notice

    01/17/08

    73 FR 3253

    Order

    02/19/08

    73 FR 9031

    Public Notice

    02/19/08

    73 FR 9118

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

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

    Phone: 202 418-1475

    Email: thomas.chandler@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI15

  7. RULES AND REGULATIONS IMPLEMENTING THE CONTROLLING THE ASSAULT OF

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

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

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

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    03/31/04

    69 FR 16873

    NPRM Comment Period End

    05/17/04

    Order

    09/16/04

    69 FR 55765

    Order Cross Referencing Federal

    Trade Commission Definitions 03/25/05

    70 FR 34665

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Julie Saulnier, Attorney, Federal Communications

    Commission, Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau, 445 12th Street

    SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1598

    Email: julie.saulnier@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI20

  8. RULES AND REGULATIONS IMPLEMENTING MINIMUM CUSTOMER ACCOUNT RECORD

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

    DOCKET NO. 02-386)

    Legal Authority: Communications Act of 1934, as amended

    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 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, 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 (Release Date) 02/25/05

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    08/01/05

    Public Notice

    08/29/05

    70 FR 53137--01

    Public Notice Comment Period

    End

    10/03/05

    Order on Reconsideration

    12/13/06

    71 FR 74819

    Order

    01/08/08

    73 FR 1297

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Lisa Boehley, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications

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

    Phone: 202 418-7395

    Fax: 202 418-0236

    Email: lisa.boehley@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI58

  9. TRUTH IN BILLING AND BILLING FORMAT

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 201; 47 USC 258

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    FNPRM

    05/25/05

    70 FR 30044

    Page 24796

    Order

    05/25/05

    70 FR 29979

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Richard D. Smith, Special Counsel, Federal

    Communications Commission, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 717 338-2797

    Fax: 717 338-2574

    Email: richard.smith@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI61

  10. CLOSED CAPTIONING OF VIDEO PROGRAMMING

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 613

    Abstract: This proceeding is initiated to seek comment on rules the FCC adopted in 1997 regarding closed captioning and whether changes are needed to make the rules more effective in making video programming more accessible to deaf and hard of hearing Americans.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    R&O

    09/16/97

    62 CFR 48487

    Notice

    10/02/97

    62 FR 54848

    Order on Recon

    10/28/98

    63 FR 55959

    Notice

    09/29/00

    65 FR 58552

    Notice

    01/05/01

    66 FR 1136

    Notice

    12/31/03

    68 FR 75558

    Notice

    05/11/04

    69 FR 26095

    NPRM

    09/26/05

    70 FR 56150

    Comment Period Extended

    11/25/05

    70 FR 71077

    Comment Period End

    12/16/05

    Notice

    09/27/07

    72 FR 70324

    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: 202 418-6947

    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 Rule Making 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 2nd Report & Order and 2nd Memorandum Opinion & Order responds to two petitions for reconsideration that were filed in response to the

    Commission's decision to establish regulations for unlicensed ultra- wideband (``UWB'') operation. It also responds to the rule making proposals contained in the Memorandum Opinion and Order and Further

    Notice of Proposed Rule Making 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 1st R&O

    05/16/02

    67 FR 34852

    MO&O

    04/22/03

    68 FR 19746

    FNPRM

    04/22/03

    68 FR 19773 2nd R&O and 2nd 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

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    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 Rule Making 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 & Order facilitates the introduction of Advanced

    Wireless Service (AWS) in the band 1710-1755 MHz--an integral part of a 90 MHz spectrum allocation recently reallocated to allow for such new and innovative wireless services. We largely adopt the proposals set forth in our recent AWS Fourth NPRM in this proceeding that are designed to clear the 1710-1755 MHz band of incumbent Federal

    Government operations that would otherwise impede the development of new nationwide AWS services. These actions are consistent with previous actions in this proceeding and with the United States Department of

    Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration

    (``NTIA'') 2002 Viability Assessment, which addressed relocation and reaccommodation options for Federal Government operations in the band.

    The 8th Report and Order reallocated the 2155-2160 MHz band for Fixed and Mobile services and designates the 2155-2175 MHz band for Advanced

    Wireless Service (AWS) use. This proceeding continues the Commission's ongoing efforts to promote spectrum utilization and efficiency with regard to the provision of new services, including Advanced Wireless

    Services.

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

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

    The Commission also requested comments on the specific relocation procedures applicable to Fixed Microwave Service (FS) operations in the 2160-2175 MHz band.

    The Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) and the Wireless

    Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) set forth the specific data that

    Broadband Radio Service (BRS) licensees in the 2150-2160/62 MHz band must file along with the deadline date and procedures for filing this data on the Commission's Universal Licensing System (ULS). The data will assist in determining future AWS licensee's relocation obligations.

    The 9th Report and Order established procedures for the relocation of

    Broadband Radio Service (BRS) operations from the 2150-2160/62 MHz band, as well as for the relocation of Fixed Microwave Service (FS) operations from the 2160-2175 MHz band, and modified existing relocation procedures for the 2110-2150 MHz and 2175-2180 MHz bands. It also established cost-sharing rules to identify the reimbursement obligations for Advanced Wireless Service (AWS) and Mobile Satellite

    Service (MSS) entrants benefiting from the relocation of incumbent FS operations in the 2110-2150 MHz and 2160-2200 MHz bands and AWS entrants benefiting from the relocation of BRS incumbents in the 2150- 2160/62 MHz band. The Commission continues its ongoing efforts to promote spectrum utilization and efficiency with regard to the provision of new services, including AWS. The Order dismisses a petition for reconsideration filed by the Wireless Communications

    Association International, Inc. (WCA) as moot.

    Two petitions for Reconsideration were filed in response to the 9th

    Report and Order.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    01/23/01

    66 FR 7438

    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 Reconsideration 11/02/01

    66 FR 55666 2nd R&O

    01/24/03

    68 FR 3455 3rd NPRM

    03/13/03

    68 FR 12015 7th R&O

    12/29/04

    69 FR 7793

    Petition for Reconsideration 04/13/05

    70 FR 19469 8th 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 9th 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 to 303; 47 USC 309(j); 47 USC 336

    Abstract: The notice of proposed rulemaking 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

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    Fax: 202 418-1944

    Email: ikeltz@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI17

  14. 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 MO&O, 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 R&O, 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

    MO&O could affect the use of the 3650-3700 MHz band by the terrestrial services. By deciding in this Order to maintain the FSS allocation changes made in the 3650 MHz Allocation Order, the Commission, reaffirmed its conclusion that allowing additional primary FSS earth stations in the 3650 MHz band could negatively affect the prospects for viable FS/MS terrestrial operations.

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

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    05/14/04

    69 FR 26790

    R&O & MO&O

    05/11/05

    70 FR 24712

    MO&O

    07/25/07

    72 FR 40767

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Jeffrey Dygert, Electronics Engineer, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-7300

    Email: jeffrey.dygert@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI50

  15. 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) to 303(f); 47

    USC 303(r); 47 USC 307

    Abstract: The notice of proposed rulemaking proposes to amend the

    Commission's rules to allow unlicensed radio transmitters to operate in the broadcast television spectrum at locations where that spectrum is not being used. We believe that the proposals set forth will provide for more efficient and effective use of the TV spectrum and will have significant benefits for the public by allowing the development of new and innovative types of unlicensed broadband devices and services for businesses and consumers.

    In the First Report and Order, the Commission took a number of steps towards allowing the introduction of new low power devices in the broadcast television spectrum (TV bands) on channels/frequencies that are not being used for authorized services (hereinafter referred to as

    ``TV band devices''). The goal in this proceeding is to allow such devices to operate on unused television channels in locations where such operations will not result in harmful interference to TV and other authorized services. The Commission believes that this plan will provide for more efficient and effective use of the TV spectrum and will significantly benefit the public by allowing the development of new and innovative types of devices and services for businesses and consumers, without disrupting television and other authorized services using the TV bands. Because transmissions in the TV band are subject to less propagation attenuation than transmissions in other bands where lower power operations are permitted (such as unlicensed operations in the 2.4 GHz band), operations in the TV bands can benefit a wide range of service providers and consumers by improving the service range of wireless operations, thereby allowing operators to reach new customers.

    While there will be significant benefits to the public from its actions, the Commission recognizes that it must balance these benefits with the need to protect authorized services in the TV bands from harmful interference.

    The Further NPRM proposed to allow low power transmitters to operate in the TV broadcast bands at locations where spectrum is not being used by authorized services without causing harmful interference to these services. The Further NPRM seeks comment on whether these TV band devices should be authorized on a licensed, unlicensed or hybrid basis.

    It would propose to require TV band devices to incorporate ``smart radio'' features to detect vacant TV channels and prevent harmful

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    interference from TV band devices to authorized services operating in the TV bands. These features would include the abilities to 1) monitor spectrum prior to transmitting to ensure that it is not in use by authorized services, 2) switch frequencies or cease transmitting if an authorized service begins using a previously unused frequency, 3) adjust transmit power to the minimum needed to establish a link, 4) determine geographic location and access a database to determine which channels are in use, and/or 5) receive a control signal and select the operating frequency based on data in the control signal.

    These proposals, if adopted, will prove beneficial to manufacturers and users of low power transmitters because they will provide for more efficient and effective use of the TV spectrum and allow the development of new and innovative types of wireless devices and communication services for businesses and consumers.

    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

    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

  16. 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 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, e.g., a ``spectrum etiquette,'' particularly in the 915 MHz band.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    09/17/03

    68 FR 68823

    R&O

    09/07/04

    69 FR 54027

    Petition for Reconsideration 11/19/04

    69 FR 67736

    Petition for Reconsideration 02/15/05

    70 FR 7737 2nd R&O

    05/23/07

    72 FR 28889

    FNPRM

    08/01/07

    72 FR 42011

    MO&O

    08/01/07

    72 FR 41937

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Hugh Van Tuyl, Electronics Engineer, Federal

    Communications Commission, Office of Engineering and Technology, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-7506

    Fax: 202 418-1944

    Email: hugh.vantuyl@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI54

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    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Long-Term Actions

    International Bureau

  17. 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, which are presently pending before the International Bureau.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    09/09/95

    60 FR 46252

    R&O, Recon Pending

    02/10/97

    62 FR 5924

    Public Notice/Petitions for

    Recon

    03/26/97

    62 FR 14430

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Steven Spaeth, Assistant Division Chief, Federal

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

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1539

    Fax: 202 418-0748

    Email: steven.spaeth@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AD70

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

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

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

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

    Commission has modified the license of Motient Services, Inc.

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    06/18/96

    61 FR 40772

    NPRM Comment Period End

    09/23/96

    R&O

    08/07/02

    67 FR 51105

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

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

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

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-7877

    Fax: 202 418-0748

    Email: andrea.kelly@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AF89

  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 2nd FNPRM

    01/15/08

    73 FR 2437

    FNPRM Comment Period End

    03/17/08

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Stephen Duall, Attorney, Federal Communications

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

    Phone: 202 418-1103

    Fax: 202 418-0748

    Email: stephen.duall@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AF93

  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 to 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 non-government 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

    Report & Order

    01/15/99

    64 FR 2585

    Correction

    02/08/99

    64 FR 6138

    Correction

    02/10/99

    64 FR 6565

    Notice of Petition for

    Reconsideration

    03/22/99

    64 FR 13796

    Order on Reconsideration

    12/01/99

    Further NPRM

    07/05/01

    66 FR 35399 2nd R&O

    08/25/04

    69 FR 52198

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

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

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

    Phone: 202 418-2453

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    Email: sean.omore@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH23

  21. 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 to streamline its procedures for reviewing satellite license applications.

    Currently, the Commission uses processing rounds to review those applications. In a processing round, when an application is filed, the

    International Bureau (Bureau) issues a public notice establishing a cut-off date for other mutually exclusive satellite applications, and then considers all those applications together. In cases where sufficient spectrum to accommodate all the applicants is not available, the Bureau directs the applicants to negotiate a mutually agreeable solution. Those negotiations usually take a long time, and delay provision of satellite services to the public.

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

    In the First Report and Order in this proceeding, the Commission determined that different procedures were better-suited for different kinds of satellite applications. For most geostationary orbit (GSO) satellite applications, the Commission adopted a first-come, first- served approach. For most non-geostationary orbit (NGSO) satellite applications, the Commission adopted a procedure in which the available spectrum is divided evenly among the qualified applicants. The

    Commission also adopted measures to discourage applicants from filing speculative applications, including a bond requirement, payable if a licensee misses a milestone. The bond amounts originally were $5 million for each GSO satellite, and $7.5 million for each NGSO satellite system. These were interim amounts. Concurrently with the

    First Report and Order, the Commission adopted an FNPRM to determine whether to revise the bond amounts on a long-term basis.

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

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

    In the Fourth Report and Order in this proceeding, the Commission extended 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 2nd R&O (Release Date)

    06/20/03

    68 FR 62247 2nd FNPRM (Release Date)

    07/08/03

    68 FR 53702 3rd 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 4th R&O (Release Date)

    04/16/04

    69 FR 67790 5th R&O, 1st 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

  22. 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) to 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 2nd 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

  23. AMENDMENT OF PARTS 1 AND 63 OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES (DOCKET NO. 04-47)

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

    Abstract: FCC proposes amendments to several rules. Specifically, FCC proposes to: (1) Amend the procedures for discontinuing an international service; (2) establish post service

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    notification for Commercial Mobile Radio Service carriers providing international service; (3) allow U.S. carriers to resell the U.S.- inbound service of foreign carriers; (4) allow commonly controlled subsidiaries to use their parent corporation's authority to provide international service; and (5) amend the submarine cable landing licensing procedures compliance with the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972.

    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

    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

  24. 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 to repeal 47 CFR 43.53.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    04/12/04

    NPRM Comment Period End

    08/23/04

    69 FR 29676

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: David Krech, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications

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

    Phone: 202 418-1460

    Fax: 202 418-2824

    Email: david.krech@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI42

  25. 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 Reconsideration 10/12/04

    69 FR 60626

    First Order on Reconsideration 06/19/06

    71 FR 35178

    Petitions for Further

    Reconsideration

    07/27/06

    71 FR 44029 2nd Order on Recon and 2nd 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

  26. AMENDMENT OF PARTS 2 AND 25 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) to (j); 47 USC 157(a); 47

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

    (r); 47 USC 303 (y); 47 USC 308

    Abstract: The Commission seeks comment on the proposed amendment of parts 2 and 25 of the Commission's rules to allocate spectrum for use with Vehicle-Mounted Earth Stations (VMES) in the Fixed-Satellite

    Service in the Ku-band uplink at 14.0-14.5 GHz and Ku-band downlink 11.72-12.2 GHz on a primary basis, and in the extended Ku-band downlink at 10.95-11.2 GHz and 11.45-11.7 GHz on a non-protected basis, and to adopt Ku-band VMES licensing and service rules modeled on the FCC's rules for Ku-band Earth Stations on Vessels (ESVs). The record in this proceeding will provide a basis for Commission action to facilitate introduction of this proposed service.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    07/08/07

    72 FR 39357

    NPRM Comment Period End

    09/04/07

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Howard Griboff, Deputy Chief, Federal Communications

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

    Phone: 202 418-0657

    Fax: 202 418-1414

    Email: howard.griboff@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI90

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    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Long-Term Actions

    Media Bureau

  27. 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 14th 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 3rd R&O

    11/30/93

    58 FR 63087

    Order on Recon, 4th R&O, and 5th

    NPRM

    04/15/94

    59 FR 17943 3rd Order on Recon

    04/15/94

    59 FR 17961 5th Order on Recon and FNPRM 10/13/94

    59 FR 51869 4th Order on Recon

    10/21/94

    59 FR 53113 6th Order on Recon, 5th R&O, and 7th NPRM

    12/06/94

    59 FR 62614 7th Order on Recon

    01/25/95

    60 FR 4863 9th Order on Recon

    02/27/95

    60 FR 10512 8th Order on Recon

    03/17/95

    60 FR 14373 6th R&O and 11th Order on Recon 07/12/95

    60 FR 35854 13th Order on Recon

    10/05/95

    60 FR 52106 12th Order on Recon

    10/26/95

    60 FR 54815 10th Order on Recon

    04/08/96

    61 FR 15388

    Order on Recon of the 1st R&O and Further NPRM

    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 14th 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

  28. 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 2nd NPRM

    04/15/94

    59 FR 18066

    MO&O

    10/14/94

    59 FR 52087 2nd R&O/1st Order on Recon/FNPRM03/08/96

    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

  29. 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 2nd R&O03/21/03

    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

  30. COMPETITIVE AVAILABILITY OF NAVIGATION DEVICES (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

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    availability of ``navigation devices,'' the equipment used to access video programming and other services from multichannel video programming systems.

    Specifically, in 1998, the Commission required MVPDs to make available by July 1, 2000, a security element separate from the basic navigation device (e.g., cable set-top boxes, digital video recorders, and television receivers with navigation capabilities). The separation of the security element from the host device required by this rule

    (referred to as the ``integration ban'') was designed to enable unaffiliated manufacturers, retailers, and other vendors to commercially market host devices while allowing MVPDs to retain control over their system security. MVPDs were permitted to continue providing equipment with integrated security until January 1, 2005, so long as modular security components, known as point-of-deployment modules, were also made available for use with host devices obtained through retail outlets. In April 2003, in response to requests from cable operators, the Commission extended the effective date of the integration ban until

    July 1, 2006. Then, in 2005, again at the urging of cable operators, the Commission extended that date until July 1, 2007. Also, in this proceeding, in April 2003, the Commission adopted unidirectional ``plug and play'' rules, to govern compatibility between MVPDs and navigation devices manufactured by consumer electronics manufacturers not affiliated with cable operators. In June 2007, the Commission solicited comment on proposed standards to ensure bidirectional compatibility of cable television systems and consumer electronics equipment.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    03/05/97

    62 FR 10011

    R&O

    07/15/98

    63 FR 38089

    Order on Reconsideration

    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 2nd R&O

    11/28/03

    68 FR 66728

    FNPRM

    11/28/03

    68 FR 66776

    Order on Reconsideration

    01/28/04

    69 FR 4081 2nd R&O

    06/22/05

    70 FR 36040 3rd 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.,

    Washhington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1573

    Email: brendan.murray@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG28

  31. HORIZONTAL OWNERSHIP LIMITS AND ATTRIBUTION RULES

    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 & 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 4th R&O and FNPRM (release date)02/11/08

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

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

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

    Phone: 202 418-7030

    Fax: 202 418-1196

    Email: rsherlock@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH09

  32. 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 2nd R&O

    08/15/07

    72 FR 45712

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

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

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

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-2700

    Email: pdoyle@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH40

  33. SECOND PERIODIC REVIEW OF RULES AND POLICIES AFFECTING THE

    CONVERSION TO DTV

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 4(i) to 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 2nd Report &

    Order resolved several major technical issues including the issue of receiver performance standards, DTV tuners, and revisions to certain components of the DTV transmission standard. The latest 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

    Report & Order

    02/13/01

    66 FR 9973

    MO&O

    12/18/01

    66 FR 65122 3rd MO&O and Order on Recon

    10/02/02

    67 FR 61816 2nd R&O and 2nd MO&O

    10/11/02

    67 FR 63290

    NPRM

    02/18/03

    68 FR 7737

    R&O

    10/04/04

    69 FR 59500 2nd 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

  34. 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. Several petitions for reconsideration are pending.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    03/08/93

    58 FR 12917

    Report and Order

    02/08/99

    64 FR 52399

    Order on Reconsideration

    04/22/04

    69 FR 21761

    Order on Reconsideration

    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

  35. 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 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 2nd R&O and 3rd NPRM

    01/07/03

    68 FR 670

    Correction

    01/13/03

    68 FR 1657 4th NPRM

    06/23/04

    69 FR 34986 3rd 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

  36. 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 to 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

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    raised by the Third Circuit. Additional questions are raised for comment in a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    10/05/01

    66 FR 50991

    R&O

    08/05/03

    68 FR 46286

    Public Notice

    02/19/04

    69 FR 9216

    FNPRM

    08/09/06

    71 FR 4511 2nd FNPRM

    08/08/07

    72 FR 44539

    R&O and Order on Recon

    02/21/08

    73 FR 9481

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

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

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

    Phone: 202 418-2130

    Email: mbaghda@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH97

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

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

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 309; 47 USC 336

    Abstract: This proceeding initiates the digital television conversion for low power television (LPTV) and television translator stations. The rules and policies adopted as a result of this proceeding provide the framework for these stations' conversion from analog to digital broadcasting. The Report and Order adopts definitions and permissible use provisions for digital TV translator and LPTV stations. Petitions for reconsideration of the Report and Order are pending resolution.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    09/26/03

    68 FR 55566

    R&O

    11/29/04

    69 FR 69325

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

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

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

    Phone: 202 418-2607

    Email: keith.larson@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI38

  38. JOINT SALES AGREEMENTS IN LOCAL TELEVISION MARKETS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151 to 152(a); 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 303;

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    08/26/04

    69 FR 52464

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Debra Sabourin, Attorney Advisor, Federal

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

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-2130

    Email: debra.sabourin@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI55

  39. SIGNIFICANTLY VIEWED OUT-OF-MARKET BROADCAST STATIONS (DOCKET NO. 05-49)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i) to 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 R&O adopted a list of significantly viewed stations and procedures for stations to petition the Commission for inclusion on the list.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    03/08/05

    70 FR 11314

    R&O

    12/27/05

    70 FR 76504

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Evan Baranoff, Attorney, Policy Division, Federal

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

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-2120

    Email: evan.baranoff@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI56

  40. REVISION OF PROCEDURES GOVERNING AMENDMENTS TO FM TABLE OF

    ALLOTMENTS AND CHANGES OF COMMUNITY OF LICENSE IN THE RADIO BROADCAST

    SERVICES (MB DOCKET NO. 05-210)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154; 47 USC 303

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

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    06/22/05

    70 FR 44537

    NPRM Comment Period End

    10/03/05

    Report & Order

    12/20/06

    71 FR 76208

    Next Action Undetermined

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    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

  41. DIGITAL TELEVISION DISTRIBUTED TRANSMISSION SYSTEM TECHNOLOGIES

    (DOCKET NO. 05-312)

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

    USC 301;

    Abstract: A digital television transmission system (``DTS'') employs multiple synchronized transmitters spread around a station's service area. Such distributed transmitters fill in unserved areas in the parent station's coverage area. The notice of proposed rulemaking examines issues related to the use of DTS and proposes rules for future

    DTS operation.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    12/07/05

    70 FR 72763

    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

  42. IMPLEMENTATION OF SECTION 621(A)(1) OF THE CABLE COMMUNICATIONS

    POLICY ACT OF 1984 AS AMENDED BY THE CABLE TELEVISION CONSUMER

    PROTECTION AND COMPETITION ACT OF 1992

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

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

    .may not unreasonably refuse to award an additional competitive franchise.'' The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (``Notice'') 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 seeking comment on how the findings should affect existing franchises.

    In the Second Report & Order, a number of the rules promulgated in this docket are extended to incumbents.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    12/19/05

    70 FR 73973

    R&O and FNPRM

    03/21/07

    72 FR 13230 2nd 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

  43. PROGRAM ACCESS RULES--SUNSET OF EXCLUSIVE CONTRACTS PROHIBITION &

    EXAMINATION OF PROGRAMMING TYING ARRANGEMENTS; (DOCKET NO. 07-29) (MB

    DOCKET NO. 07-198)

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 548

    Abstract: The program access provisions of the Communications Act

    (Section 628) generally prohibit exclusive contracts for satellite delivered programming between programmers in which a cable operator has an attributable interest (``vertically integrated programmers'') and cable operators. This limitation was set to expire on October 5, 2007, unless circumstances in the video programming marketplace indicate that an extension of the prohibition continues ``to be necessary to preserve and protect competition and diversity in the distribution of video programming.`` The proceeding undertakes the required review. The

    Report and Order concluded the prohibition continues to be necessary, and accordingly, retained it until October 5, 2012. The accompanying

    Notice of Proposed Rulemaking sought comment on revisions to the

    Commission's program access and retransmission consent rules.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    03/01/07

    72 FR 9289

    R&O

    10/04/07

    72 FR 56645

    NPRM

    10/31/07

    72 FR 61590

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: David Konczal, Federal Communications Commission, Media

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

    Phone: 202 418-2228

    Email: david.konczal@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI87

  44. 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 to 319; 47 USC 324 to 325; 47 USC 336 to 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

    R&O (released)

    01/30/07

    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

  45. DTV CONSUMER EDUCATION INITIATIVE; MB DOCKET NO. 07-148

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

    Abstract: Congress has mandated that after February 17, 2009, full- power broadcast stations must transmit only in digital signals, and may no longer transmit analog signals. From the beginning of the digital transition, the Commission has been committed to working with representatives from industry, public interest groups, and Congress to make the significant benefits of digital broadcasting available to the public. The digital transition will make valuable spectrums available for both public safety uses and expanded wireless competition and innovation. It will also provide consumers with better quality television picture and sound, and make new services available through multicasting. These innovations, however, are dependent upon widespread consumer understanding of the benefits and the mechanics of the transition. While the Commission has been engaged in various DTV outreach efforts, this proceeding was initiated to seek public comment on whether there are additional steps relating to consumer education about the digital transition which the Commission should take.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    08/16/07

    72 FR 46014

    NPRM Comment Period End

    09/17/07

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Lyle Elder, Policy Division, Media Bureau, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-2120

    Email: lyle.elder@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI96

  46. [bull] 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

    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Long-Term Actions

    Office of Managing Director

  47. ASSESSMENT AND COLLECTION OF REGULATORY FEES

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 159

    Abstract: Section 9 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47

    U.S.C. 159, requires the FCC to recover the cost of its activities by assessing and collecting annual regulatory fees from beneficiaries of the activities.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    04/06/06

    71 FR 17410

    R&O

    08/02/06

    71 FR 43842

    NPRM

    05/02/07

    72 FR 20213

    R&O and FNPRM

    08/16/07

    72 FR 46010

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Mika Savir, Attorney, Federal Communications

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

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-0384

    Email: mika.savir@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI79

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    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Long-Term Actions

    Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau

  48. 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.

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

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

    Security Bureau to implement several of the recommendations made by the

    Independent Panel. The Commission also adopted rules requiring some communications providers to have emergency/backup power and to conduct analyses and submit reports on the redundancy and resiliency of their 911 and E911 networks. 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 October 4, 2007 Order on Reconsideration, the Commission considered six petitions for reconsideration and/or clarification of the June 2007 Order that adopted the backup power rule (Section 12.2 of the Commission's rules). The Order on Reconsideration granted in part and denied in part the petitions. The Commission modified the backup power rule to address several meritorious issues raised by petitioners.

    This modification will facilitate carrier compliance and reduce the burden on local exchange carriers and commercial mobile radio service providers, while continuing to further important homeland security and public safety goals.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    FNPRM

    07/26/96

    61 FR 40374

    R&O

    07/26/96

    61 FR 40348

    MO&O

    01/16/98

    63 FR 2631

    Second Report & Order

    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 Report & Order, Third

    NPRM, and NPRM

    09/19/00

    65 FR 56752

    Fourth MO&O

    10/02/00

    65 FR 58657

    FNPRM

    06/13/01

    66 FR 31878

    Order

    11/02/01

    66 FR 55618

    R&O

    05/23/02

    67 FR 36112

    Public Notice

    07/17/02

    67 FR 46909

    Order to Stay

    07/26/02

    Order on Recon

    01/22/03

    68 FR 2914

    FNPRM

    01/23/03

    68 FR 3214 2nd R & O, 2nd FNPRM

    02/11/04

    69 FR 657801 2nd R&O

    09/07/04

    69 FR 54037

    NPRM

    06/01/07

    72 FR 33948

    NPRM Comment Period End

    08/20/07

    Order on Recon

    10/11/07

    72 FR 57879

    R&O

    02/14/08

    73 FR 8617

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Carol Simpson, Deputy Chief, Policy Division, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-2391

    Fax: 202 418-2816

    Email: carol.simpson@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG34

  49. 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 2nd FNPRM

    02/11/04

    69 FR 6595

    R&O

    02/11/04

    69 FR 6578

    Public Notice

    01/13/05

    70 FR 2405

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Carol Simpson, Deputy Chief, Policy Division, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-2391

    Fax: 202 418-2816

    Email: carol.simpson@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG60

  50. 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

    Report & Order

    01/29/99

    64 FR 51462

    Order

    03/29/99

    64 FR 14834

    Second Report & Order

    09/23/99

    64 FR 51462

    Third Report & Order

    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 Report & Order

    10/13/05

    70 FR 59704

    Second Report & Order

    07/05/06

    71 FR 38091

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Tom Beers, Chief, Policy Division, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-0952

    Email: tom.beers@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG74

  51. 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 to 202; 47 USC 303; 47 USC 337(a); 47 USC 403

    Abstract: This item takes steps toward developing a flexible regulatory

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    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

    08/06/98

    63 FR 58645

    Third NPRM

    08/06/98

    63 FR 58685

    MO&O

    04/26/99

    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 2nd R&O

    08/10/07

    72 FR 48814

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Jeff Cohen, Senior Legal Counsel, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-0799

    Email: jeff.cohen@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG85

  52. 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); 47 USC 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

    Report & Order

    07/28/99

    64 FR 40774

    Further NPRM

    07/28/99

    64 FR 40808

    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

  53. IMPLEMENTATION OF 911 ACT

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

    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

  54. COMMISSION RULES CONCERNING DISRUPTIONS TO COMMUNICATIONS

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

    Abstract: The notice of proposed rulemaking proposed to extend the

    Commission's disruption reporting requirements to communications providers who are not wireline carriers. The proposal 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 further notice of proposed rulemaking 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.

    The Report and Order extended the Commission's disruption reporting requirements to communications providers who are not wireline carriers.

    The Commission also streamlined compliance with the reporting requirements through electronic filing with a ``fill in the blank'' template and by simplifying the application of that rule. In addition, the Commission delegates authority to the Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, to make the revisions to the filing system and template necessary to improve the

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    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.

    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

    Petition for Reconsideration 02/15/05

    70 FR 7737

    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

  55. E911 REQUIREMENTS FOR IP-ENABLED SERVICE PROVIDERS

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

    06/01/07

    72 FR 33948

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Carol Simpson, Deputy Chief, Policy Division, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-2391

    Fax: 202 418-2816

    Email: carol.simpson@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI62

  56. RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE INDEPENDENT PANEL REVIEWING THE IMPACT OF

    HURRICANE KATRINA ON COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS

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

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

    Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks

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

    To accomplish this goal, the Commission invited comment on what actions the Commission can take to address the Independent Panel's recommendations.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    07/07/06

    71 FR 38564

    Order

    07/11/07

    72 FR 37655

    Delay of Effective Date of Rule 08/10/07

    72 FR 44978

    Petition for Reconsideration 08/20/07

    72 FR 46485

    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

  57. [bull] THE COMMERCIAL MOBILE ALERT SYSTEM

    Legal Authority: PL 109-347 Title VI; Executive Order 13407; 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i)

    Abstract: In the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Commission initiated a comprehensive rulemaking to establish a commercial mobile alert system under which commercial mobile service providers may elect to transmit emergency alerts to the public.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    01/03/08

    73 FR 545

    NPRM Comment Period End

    02/04/08

    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

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    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Long-Term Actions

    Wireless Telecommunications Bureau

  58. AMENDMENT OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES CONCERNING MARITIME

    COMMUNICATIONS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154; 47 USC 303

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NOI/NPRM

    11/05/92

    57 FR 57717

    FNPRM

    04/26/95

    60 FR 35507

    First R&O

    04/26/95

    60 FR 34198

    Second FNPRM

    06/17/97

    62 FR 37533

    Second R&O

    06/17/97

    62 FR 40281

    Third R&O and MO&O

    07/06/98

    63 FR 40059

    MO&O

    04/26/99

    64 FR 26885

    Third NPRM

    12/08/00

    65 FR 76966

    Fourth R&O

    12/13/00

    65 FR 77821

    Fourth NPRM

    02/04/02

    67 FR 5080 2nd MO&O and 5th R&O

    07/25/02

    67 FR 48560

    R&O

    08/13/03

    68 FR 48446

    MO&O

    04/15/04

    69 FR 19947

    Correcting Amendment

    07/26/04

    69 FR 44471 2nd R&O and 6th R&O

    11/08/04

    69 FR 64664

    Final Rule

    10/12/06

    71 FR 60075

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Jeff Tobias, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications

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

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-0680

    Email: jeff.tobias@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AF14

  59. RESALE AND ROAMING OBLIGATIONS PERTAINING TO COMMERCIAL MOBILE

    RADIO SERVICES

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    07/13/94

    59 FR 35664

    NOI

    07/13/94

    59 FR 35664

    NPRM Comment Period End

    09/29/94

    NPRM

    04/04/95

    60 FR 20949

    NPRM Comment Period End

    07/14/95

    First R&O

    07/12/96

    61 FR 38399

    Second R&O and Third NPRM

    08/15/96

    61 FR 44026

    MO&O and O on Recon

    11/09/99

    64 FR 61022

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Jane Phillips, Attorney, Federal Communications

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

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1310

    RIN: 3060-AF58

  60. IMPLEMENTATION OF SECTION 309(J) OF THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT,

    COMPETITIVE BIDDING; 218-219 MHZ COMPETITIVE BIDDING RULES

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

    Abstract: Tenth Report and Order modifies the competitive bidding rules for the upcoming auction of 218-219 MHz: (1) Eliminates bidding credits available to women- and minority-owned 218-219 MHz applicants; (2) extends two levels of bidding credits to small businesses based on a two-tiered small business definition; (3) clarifies the attribution rules for affiliates of 218-219 MHz applicants; and (4) increases the amount of the upfront payments required to participate in the 218-219

    MHz auction.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    R&O

    04/25/94

    59 FR 24947

    FNPRM

    08/06/96

    61 FR 49103

    R&O

    11/15/96

    61 FR 60198

    FNPRM

    09/30/98

    63 FR 52215

    MO&O

    10/08/98

    63 FR 54073

    R&O and MO&O

    11/03/99

    64 FR 59656

    Order on Reconsideration

    12/29/99

    64 FR 72956

    Second Order on Reconsideration 02/07/01

    66 FR 9212 3rd Order on Recon of R&O and

    MO&O

    06/24/02

    67 FR 42507

    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-AG00

  61. 39 GHZ CHANNEL PLAN

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

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    01/26/96

    61 FR 2465

    NPRM Comment Period End

    02/12/96

    Order

    02/22/96

    61 FR 6809

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    Reply Comments

    02/27/96

    Order

    05/01/96

    61 FR 19236

    Second NPRM

    01/21/98

    63 FR 3075

    R&O

    02/06/98

    63 FR 6079

    MO&O

    08/23/99

    64 FR 45891

    NPRM

    12/20/99

    64 FR 71088

    R&O

    01/02/01

    66 FR 33

    NPRM

    12/21/01

    66 FR 65866

    R&O

    03/04/02

    67 FR 9610

    R&O

    12/03/02

    67 FR 71861

    R&O

    08/13/03

    68 FR 48446

    Third NPRM

    08/27/04

    69 FR 52632

    Third NPRM Comment Period

    Extended

    10/04/04

    69 FR 59166

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Ken Burnley, Staff Attorney, Federal Communications

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

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-0664

    Email: kburnley@fcc.gov

    Jennifer Burton, Attorney, Federal Communications Commission, Wireless

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

    Phone: 202 418-7581

    RIN: 3060-AG16

  62. IMPLEMENTATION OF 309(J) OF THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT, AMENDMENT OF

    PARTS 20 AND 24 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 to 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 3rd NPRM

    08/27/04

    69 FR 52632 3rd NPRM Comment Period Extended10/04/04

    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

  63. MULTIPLE ACCESS SYSTEMS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 302 to 303

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    01/19/97

    62 FR 11407

    Order

    09/17/98

    63 FR 53350

    FNPRM

    05/18/99

    64 FR 38617

    R&O

    04/03/00

    65 FR 17445

    MO&O

    07/03/01

    66 FR 35107

    Final Rule

    07/22/04

    69 FR 43772

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Shellie Blakeney, Attorney, Federal Communications

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

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-0680

    Email: sblakene@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG86

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

    PROCEDURES

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

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    03/21/97

    62 FR 13570

    NPRM Comment Period End

    04/16/97

    Second FNPRM

    01/07/98

    63 FR 770

    Third R&O

    01/15/98

    63 FR 2315

    Fifth R&O, Order on Recon

    08/29/00

    65 FR 52323

    Fourth FNPRM

    08/29/00

    65 FR 52401

    Seventh R&O

    10/29/01

    66 FR 54447 8th R&O

    04/08/02

    67 FR 16647 2nd Order on Recon of 3rd R&O and Order on Recon of 5th R&O 07/21/03

    68 FR 42984

    Final Rule

    10/07/03

    68 FR 57828

    Final Rule

    09/30/05

    70 FR 57183

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Robert Krinsky, Attorney Advisor, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-2909

    Fax: 202 418-0890

    Email: robert.krinsky@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG87

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

    AUTOMATIC VEHICLE MONITORING SYSTEMS

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

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

    Monitoring Service (LMS) frequencies.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    10/06/97

    62 FR 52078

    NPRM Comment Period End

    11/20/97

    Second R&O

    07/30/98

    63 FR 40659

    NPRM

    05/03/99

    64 FR 23571

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Scot Stone, Federal Communications Commission, Wireless

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

    Phone: 202 418-0680

    Email: scot.stone@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH12

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  66. 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 Reconsideration 04/09/01

    66 FR 18474 2nd R&O

    06/26/02

    67 FR 43031 3rd R&O

    06/18/03

    68 FR 42610

    Order To Deny

    07/25/03

    68 FR 43942

    Final Rule

    05/18/04

    69 FR 28062

    Final Rule

    06/07/04

    69 FR 28062

    Correcting Amendment

    10/04/04

    69 FR 59145

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Tom Derenge, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau,

    Federal Communications Commission, Office of Engineering and

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

    Phone: 202 418-2451

    Email: thomas.derenge@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH17

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

    TO PART 27 OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 1; 47 USC 4(i); 47 USC 7; 47 USC 10; 47 USC 201 to 202; 47 USC 208; 47 USC 214; 47 USC 301; 47 USC 303; 47 USC 307 to 308; 47 USC 309(j) to 309(k); 47 USC 310 to 311; 47 USC 315; 47 USC 317; 47 USC 324; 47 USC 331 to 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 3rd MO&O and Order

    07/30/02

    67 FR 49244

    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

  68. IMPLEMENTATION OF SECTIONS 309(J) AND 337 OF THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT

    OF 1934 AS AMENDED

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

    Abstract: This NPRM commences a proceeding to implement 309(j) and 337 of the Communications Act, as amended by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, which was signed into law on August 5, 1997. This notice seeks comment on changes to the Commission's rules and policies to implement the revised auction authority.

    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

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Roberto Mussenden, Attorney Advisor, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-1428

    Email: roberto.mussenden@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH33

  69. AMENDMENT TO PARTS 1, 2, 87, AND 101 OF THE RULES TO LICENSE FIXED

    SERVICES AT 24 GHZ

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

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    12/20/99

    64 FR 71088

    R&O

    08/05/00

    65 FR 59350

    Order

    06/01/01

    66 FR 29722

    NPRM

    12/21/01

    66 FR 65866

    Final Rule

    07/27/04

    69 FR 44608

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Nese Guendelsberger, Attorney, Federal Communications

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

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-0634

    Fax: 202 418-1186

    Email: nguendel@fcc.gov

    Nancy Zaczek, Attorney, Federal Communications Commission, Wireless

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

    Phone: 202 418-0680

    Email: nzaczek@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH41

  70. AMENDMENT OF PARTS 13 AND 80 GOVERNING MARITIME COMMUNICATIONS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 302 to 303

    Abstract: This matter concerns the amendment of the rules governing maritime communications in order to

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    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 2nd R&O, 6th R&O, 2nd FNPRM

    04/06/04

    69 FR 18007

    Comments Due

    06/07/04

    Reply Comments Due

    07/06/04 2nd R&O and 6th R&O

    11/08/04

    69 FR 64664

    NPRM

    11/08/06

    71 FR 65447

    Final Action

    01/25/08

    73 FR 4475

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Roberto Mussenden, Attorney Advisor, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-1428

    Email: roberto.mussenden@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH55

  71. 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), e.g., 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

    2nd 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 6th R&O and Order on Recon

    09/05/00

    65 FR 53620

    Order on Recon

    02/12/01

    66 FR 9773 7th R&O

    10/29/01

    66 FR 54447 8th R&O

    04/08/02

    67 FR 16647

    Final Rule

    07/21/03

    68 FR 42984

    Final Rule

    10/07/03

    68 FR 57828

    Final Rule

    09/30/05

    70 FR 57183

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Audrey Bashkin, Staff Attorney, Federal Communications

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

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-7535

    Email: abashkin@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH57

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

    USE

    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 Reconsideration 03/28/01

    66 FR 16940

    R&O

    02/27/02

    67 FR 17038

    MO&O and 3rd 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

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Eli Johnson, Senior Attorney, Federal Communications

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

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1310

    Fax: 202 418-7247

    Email: eli.johnson@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH75

  73. 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

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    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

    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

  74. 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 to 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

    Proposed Rule

    12/27/04

    69 FR 77560

    Final Rule

    08/01/07

    72 FR 41935

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Paul Murray, Staff Attorney, Federal Communications

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

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-0688

    Fax: 202 418-7447

    Email: pmurray@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH82

  75. REEXAMINATION OF ROAMING OBLIGATIONS OF COMMERCIAL MOBILE RADIO

    SERVICE PROVIDERS

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

    USC 201(b); 47 USC 251(a); 47 USC 253; 47 USC 303(r); 47 USC 332(c)(1)(B); 47 USC 309

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    11/21/00

    65 FR 69891

    NPRM

    09/28/05

    70 FR 56612

    NPRM

    01/19/06

    71 FR 3029

    FNPRM

    08/30/07

    72 FR 50085

    Final Rule

    08/30/07

    72 FR 50064

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: David Hu, Attorney, Federal Communications Commission,

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

    Phone: 202 418-7120

    Fax: 202 418-1186

    Email: dhu@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH83

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

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

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    09/12/01

    66 FR 47435

    R&O

    04/21/03

    68 FR 19444

    Final Rule

    09/25/03

    68 FR 55319

    Final Rule

    10/12/04

    69 FR 60561

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Brian Marenco, Electronics Engineer, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-0838

    Email: brian.marenco@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH84

  77. REVIEW OF QUIET ZONES APPLICATION PROCEDURES

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

    USC 303(r)

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    12/21/01

    66 FR 65866

    NPRM Comment Period End

    02/06/02

    R&O

    04/06/04

    69 FR 17946

    Final Rule

    09/23/04

    69 FR 56956

    Final Rule

    12/06/04

    69 FR 70378

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Linda Chang, Attorney, Federal Communications

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

    Phone: 202 418-1339

    Email: linda.chang@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH88

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

    (TELEVISION CHANNELS 52-59)

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

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

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    04/13/01

    66 FR 19106

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    Report & Order

    02/06/02

    67 FR 5491

    MO&O

    07/09/02

    67 FR 45380

    Final Rule

    08/28/04

    69 FR 51706

    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-AH89

  79. YEAR 2000 PART 22 BIENNIAL REVIEW (WT DOCKET NO. 01-108)

    Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    Final Rule

    04/01/04

    69 FR 17063

    Final Rule Effective

    06/01/04

    Final Rule

    09/15/04

    69 FR 55516

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    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

  80. AIR-GROUND TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES

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

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    07/25/03

    68 FR 44003

    NPRM Comment Period End

    10/23/03

    Final Rule

    04/13/05

    70 FR 19293

    NPRM

    04/13/05

    70 FR 19377

    Final Rule Correction

    04/27/05

    70 FR 21663

    Final Rule

    12/27/05

    70 FR 76411

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

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

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

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-0920

    Email: richard.arsenault@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI27

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

    DOCKET NO. 03-264)

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

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    02/23/04

    69 FR 8132

    NPRM Comment Period End

    05/24/04

    NPRM

    10/19/05

    70 FR 60770

    Final Rule

    10/20/05

    70 FR 61049

    Proposed Rule

    05/02/07

    72 FR 24238

    Final Rule

    05/16/07

    72 FR 27688

    Final Rule

    08/24/07

    72 FR 48814

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Lloyd William Coward, Deputy Chief, Mobility Division,

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

    Phone: 202 418-1895

    Fax: 202 418-7447

    Email: lloyd.coward@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI30

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

    AREAS

    Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    11/12/03

    68 FR 64050

    NPRM Comment Period End

    01/26/04

    NPRM

    12/15/04

    69 FR 75174

    Final Rule

    12/15/04

    69 FR 75144

    Final Rule

    04/27/05

    70 FR 21652

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Nicole Michelle McGinnis, Attorney Advisor, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-0317

    Fax: 202 418-7447

    Email: nicole.mcginnis@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI31

  83. EXTENDING WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES TO TRIBAL LANDS

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

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    Final Rule

    05/02/03

    68 FR 23417

    Final Rule Effective

    07/01/03

    Final Rule

    10/18/04

    69 FR 61317

    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-AI32

  84. AMENDMENT OF COMMISSION RULES CONCERNING AIRPORT TERMINAL USE

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

    WT 02-318

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

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

    Airport Terminal Use (ATU)

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    frequencies in the 45-470 Private Land Mobile Radio Industrial Business

    Pool.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    11/21/02

    67 FR 70196

    NPRM Comment Period End

    01/06/03

    Final Rule

    03/24/05

    70 FR 15005

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: John Evanoff, Attorney, Federal Communications

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

    SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-0848

    Email: john.evanoff@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI33

  85. IMPROVING PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS IN THE 800 MHZ BAND

    INDUSTRIAL/LAND TRANSPORTATION AND BUSINESS CHANNELS

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

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

    Transportation and Business Pool channels.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    04/05/02

    67 FR 16351

    Final Rule

    08/19/02

    67 FR 53754

    Proposed Rule

    02/10/03

    68 FR 6687

    Final Rule

    11/22/04

    69 FR 67823

    Final Rule

    11/22/04

    69 FR 67853

    Final Rule

    02/08/05

    70 FR 6750

    Final Rule

    02/08/05

    70 FR 6761

    Final Rule

    04/06/05

    70 FR 17327

    Notice

    06/15/05

    70 FR 34764

    Final Rule

    09/28/05

    70 FR 56583

    Notice

    10/26/05

    70 FR 61823

    Final Rule

    12/28/05

    70 FR 76704

    Proposed Rule

    09/21/06

    71 FR 55149

    Clarification

    06/20/07

    72 FR 33914

    Final Rule

    07/20/07

    72 FR 39756

    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

  86. REVIEW OF PART 87 OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES CONCERNING AVIATION; WT

    DOCKET NO. 01-289

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154; 47 USC 303; 47 USC 307(e)

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    10/16/01

    66 FR 64785

    R&O and FNPRM

    10/16/03

    FNPRM

    04/12/04

    69 FR 19140

    R&O

    06/14/04

    69 FR 32577

    NPRM

    12/06/06

    71 FR 70710

    Final Rule

    12/06/06

    71 FR 70671

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Jeff Tobias, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications

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

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-0680

    Email: jeff.tobias@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI35

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

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

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

    Products capable of receiving DTV over-the-air signals must comply with the broadcast flag requirements by July 1, 2005. The further notice of proposed rulemaking seeks comment on the process for approving digital recording and output content protection technologies.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    08/20/02

    67 FR 53903

    R&O

    12/03/03

    68 FR 67599

    FNPRM

    12/03/03

    68 FR 67624

    Final Rule

    01/20/04

    69 FR 2688

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Susan Mort, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications

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

    Phone: 202 418-1043

    Fax: 202 418-1069

    Email: susan.mort@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI37

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

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

    Abstract: This item modifies exemptions for wireless phones under the

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

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    11/23/01

    66 FR 58703

    R&O

    09/16/03

    68 FR 54173

    Notice

    11/14/03

    68 FR 64625

    NPRM

    07/27/05

    70 FR 43386

    Final Rule

    07/27/05

    70 FR 43323

    NPRM

    08/21/06

    71 FR 48506

    NPRM Comment Period End

    09/20/06

    NPRM

    09/26/06

    71 FR 57455

    Proposed Rule

    05/02/07

    72 FR 24236

    Final Rule

    05/16/07

    72 FR 27688

    Final Rule

    08/24/07

    72 FR 48814

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Andra Cunningham, Attorney Advisor, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-1630

    Fax: 202 428-2227

    Email: andra.cunningham@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI57

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  89. 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)-(j); 47 USC 155; 47 USC 155(c); 47 USC 157; 47 USC 225; 47 USC 303(r); 47 USC 307; 47

    USC 309; 47 USC 309(j); 47 USC 325(e); 47 USC 334; 47 USC 336; 47 USC 339; 47 USC 554

    Abstract: This proceeding implements rules and procedures needed to comply with the recently enacted Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    06/14/05

    70 FR 43372

    Declaratory Ruling

    06/14/05

    70 FR 43322

    R&O

    01/24/06

    71 FR 6214

    FNPRM

    02/03/06

    71 FR 6992 2nd R&O

    04/25/06

    71 FR 26245

    Order on Recon of 2nd R&O

    06/02/06

    71 FR 34272

    Order on Recon of 2nd R&O

    06/02/06

    71 FR 34272

    Comment Period End

    09/20/06

    Reply Comment Period End

    10/20/06

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Kelly Quinn, Asst. 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

    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Long-Term Actions

    Wireline Competition Bureau

  90. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE UNIVERSAL SERVICE PORTIONS OF THE 1996

    TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151 et seq

    Abstract: As required by the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the

    Commission sought comment on proposals for reforming universal service.

    On November 8, 1996, the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service issued a recommended decision on changes to the universal service support mechanisms. In addition, on January 10, 1997, the Commission issued an NPRM and NOI on changes to the Board of Directors of the

    National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA), regarding the administration of universal service. On May 8, 1997, the Commission, at the direction of Congress, released its order implementing the universal service portions of the 1996 Act. On December 30, 1997, the

    Commission issued the 4th Order on Reconsideration which made changes and clarifications to the May 8 Order. On June 22, 1998, the Commission issued the 5th Order on Reconsideration which revised the collection levels for the schools and libraries support mechanism through June 30, 1999, and revised the collection levels for the rural health care support mechanism through December 31, 1998. The 5th Order on

    Reconsideration also revised the priority with which schools and libraries and rural health care providers will receive support. On

    October 28, 1998, the Commission issued the 5th Report and Order, in which it adopted the model platform for its forward-looking economic cost methodology, which will be used to determine support for non-rural carriers beginning July 1, 1999. On November 21, 1998, the Commission issued the 8th Order on Reconsideration in which it consolidated the administration of universal service into a single entity known as the

    Universal Service Administrative Company or USAC. On November 25, 1998, the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service issued its Second

    Recommended Decision in which the Joint Board made certain recommendations to the Commission regarding the high-cost support mechanism.

    On May 28, 1999, the Commission issued the 13th Order on

    Reconsideration in which it adopted the principles of a Federal high- cost support mechanism that conformed to the Second Recommended

    Decision and in which it sought further comment on specific elements of the support methodology. In the 13th Order on Reconsideration, the

    Commission also decided to implement the new high-cost support mechanism on January 1, 2000, instead of July 1, 1999, as previously planned. On May 28, 1999, the Commission also issued a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in which it sought comment on proposed input values to be used in the forward-looking model to determine non-rural

    LECs' cost of providing supported services in high cost areas. On

    August 5, 1999, the Commission adopted a Further Notice of Proposed

    Rulemaking in which it sought comment to ascertain the availability of, and to understand the possible impediments to, deployment and subscribership in unserved and underserved areas of the Nation, including tribal lands and other insular areas.

    On November 1, 1999, the Commission issued the Fourteenth Order on

    Reconsideration, in which it eliminated the requirement that only carriers that have been certified as eligible telecommunications carriers may receive credit against their universal service contributions for providing telecommunications services to rural health care providers at the lower urban rates. On November 1, 1999, the

    Commission also issued the Fifteenth Order on Reconsideration, in which it authorized support for any commercially available telecommunications service regardless of the bandwidth, and simplified the method for determining how much support a rural health care provider can

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    receive. On November 2, 1999, the Commission issued the Ninth Report and Order and Eighteenth Order on Reconsideration in which it adopted a new forward-looking high-cost support mechanism that will enable States to ensure the reasonable comparability of non-rural carriers' intrastate rates. On November 2, 1999, the Commission also issued the

    Tenth Report andOrder in which it completed the selection of a cost model to estimate forward-looking cost by adopting input values for the previously adopted cost model.

    On June 30, 2000, the Commission issued the Twelfth Report and Order,

    Memorandum Opinion and Order, and Further Notice of Proposed

    Rulemaking, in response to the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking it adopted on August 5, 1999. In the Twelfth Report and Order, the

    Commission adopted measures to promote telecommunications subscribership and infrastructure deployment within American Indian and

    Alaska Native tribal communities.

    On October 12, 2000, the Commission released a Further Notice of

    Proposed Rulemaking and Order to seek comment on proposals to modify the Commission's rules relating to contributions to the Federal universal service support mechanisms. On January 12, 2001, the

    Commission released a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on the Recommended Decision of the Federal-State Joint Board on

    Universal Service (Joint Board) regarding a plan for reforming the universal service support mechanism for rural carriers. The Joint Board sent to the Commission the Rural Task Force Recommendation as a good foundation for implementing rural high-cost reform. The Rural Task

    Force recommends the use of a modified version of the current high-cost loop support mechanism based on carriers' embedded costs.

    On May 23, 2001, the Commission released the Fourteenth Report and

    Order, Twenty-Second Order on Reconsideration and Further Notice of

    Proposed Rulemaking. In the Fourteenth Report and Order, the Commission adopted a 5-year plan that makes modifications to the high-cost loop support mechanism for rural carriers. These modifications were based on the recommendation of the Joint Board and will provide predictable levels of support so that rural carriers can continue to provide affordable service in rural America, while ensuring that consumers in all areas of the nation, including rural areas, have access to affordable and quality telecommunications services.

    On March 14, 2001, the Commission issued an order modifying the methodology used to assess contributions to universal service. The methodology was modified to reduce the interval between the accrual of revenues and the assessment of contributions based on those revenues.

    The order reduced the interval from an average of one year to an average of six months.

    On May 8, 2001, the Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which sought comment on how to streamline and reform both the manner in which the Commission assesses carrier contributions to the universal service fund and the manner in which carriers may recover those costs from their customers.

    On May 22, 2001, the Commission adopted a 5-year interim freeze of the part 36 jurisdictional separations rules, pending comprehensive reform of the separations process. The 5-year interim freeze was based upon the July 21, 2000, Recommended Decision of the Federal-State Joint

    Board on Separations. Under the interim freeze, the part 36 categories and jurisdictional allocation factors of price cap incumbent LECs are frozen, while rate-of-return carriers had the option to freeze only their jurisdictional allocation factors. The interim freeze is in effect from July 1, 2001, to June 30, 2006, or until comprehensive reform is completed, whichever comes first.

    On November 8, 2001, the Commission released the Fifteenth Report and

    Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Further Notice) reforming the interstate access charge and universal service support system for rate-of-return incumbent carriers. The Order established a new interstate support mechanism to replace implicit support in the interstate access rate structure of rate-of-return carriers with explicit, portable support. Among other things, the Further Notice sought comment on consolidating the existing Long Term Support mechanism withthe new support mechanism created in the Order.

    On January 25, 2002, the Commission released a Further Notice of

    Proposed Rulemaking and Order (Further Notice), in which it sought comment on modifications to the rules governing the schools and libraries support mechanism. The modifications address changes that would make the program more efficient, ensure that the benefits of the program are distributed in an equitable manner, and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse. In addition, the order denied certain petitions for reconsideration relating to unused funds.

    On February 15, 2002, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed

    Rulemaking and Order, in which it sought comment on the issues from the

    Ninth Report and Order remanded by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. The Ninth Report and Order established a Federal high-cost universal service support mechanism for non-rural carriers based on forward-looking economic costs. In addition, the order referred these issues to the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal

    Service for a recommended decision.

    On February 15, 2002, the Commission issued a Notice of Proposed

    Rulemaking examining the appropriate legal and policy framework under the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, for broadband access to the

    Internet provided over domestic wireline facilities.

    On February 26, 2002, the Commission issued a Further Notice of

    Proposed Rulemaking and Report and Order, in which it sought comment on specific proposals to change the manner in which universal service contributions are assessed and recovered, including one proposal to assess contributions based on the number and capacity of connections provided to a public network. This proceeding also made certain modifications to the existing contribution system.

    On April 19, 2002, the Commission issued a Notice of Proposed

    Rulemaking in which it sought comment on specific proposals to: clarify how it should treat eligible entities that also perform functions that are outside the statutory definition of ``health care provider;'' provide support for Internet access; and change the calculation of discounted services, including the calculation of urban and rural rates.

    On December 13, 2002, the Commission issued an Order and Second FNPRM

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    in which it sought further comment on three specific connection-based universal service contribution methodologies. This Order also made interim changes to the contribution methodology to ensure the viability of the fund in the near term.On February 25, 2003, the Commission issued an NPRM in which it sought comment on the Recommended Decision issued by the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service regarding the definition of services supported by universal service.

    On February 26, 2003, the Commission issued a Public Notice in which it sought comment on a staff study of several alternative universal service contribution methodologies.

    On April 30, 2003, the Commission issued a Second Report & Order and

    Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, in which it simplified and streamlined the operation of the schools and libraries support mechanism. In addition, it sought comment on further proposals to refine the support mechanism, including the carry-forward of unused funds.

    On May 21, 2003, the Commission issued a Twenty-fifth Order on

    Reconsideration, Report and Order, and Further Notice of Proposed

    Rulemaking, in which it resolved several petitions for reconsideration of the Twelfth Report and Order. In addition, it sought further comment on ways to provide enhanced Lifeline support to near reservation areas.

    On June 9, 2003, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed

    Rulemaking, in which it sought comment on changes to the low-income support mechanisms recommended by the Joint Board.

    On July 3, 2003, the Commission released an Order eliminating the requirement that the National Exchange Carrier Association hold annual elections for its board of directors and that its directors serve one- year terms.

    On July 14, 2003, the Commission released an Order and Order on

    Reconsideration adopting the Joint Board's recommendations regarding the services supported by universal service.

    On July 24, 2003, the Commission released an Order adopting measures to ensure that implementation of the Children's Internet Protection Act complies with a US Supreme Court decision. 68 FR 47453.

    On October 27, 2003, the Commission released an Order on Remand,

    Memorandum Opinion and Order, and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking modifying the High-Cost mechanism for non-rural carriers and seeking comment on certain issues relating to rate review and an expanded certification process. Order: 68 FR 69622. FNPRM: 68 FR 69641.

    On November 17, 2003, the Commission released a Report and Order, Order on Reconsideration, and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking improving the Rural Healthcare Support mechanism and seeking comment on modifications to the definition of ``rural area'' for the Rural

    Healthcare Support mechanism. 68 FR 74492.

    On December 23, 2003, the Commission released the 3rd Report and Order and 2nd Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking adopting rules to limit waste, fraud and abuse in the Schools and Libraries mechanism and seeking comment on additional measures to limit waste, fraud, and abuse. Order: 69 FR 6181. FNPRM: 69 FR 6229.

    On February 26, 2004, the Commission released a Report and Order and

    Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking modifying regulation of rate-of- return carriers and seeking comment on further changes to regulation of rate-of-return carriers. 69 FR 13794.

    On April 29, 2004, the Commission released a Report and Order and

    Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking improving the effectiveness of the low-income mechanism and seeking comment on whether the Commission should add an income-based criterion of 150 percent of the Federal

    Poverty Guidelines.

    On May 14, 2004, the Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that sought comment on various abbreviated dialing arrangements that could be used by state ``One Call'' notification systems in compliance with the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002.

    On June 8, 2004, the Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that sought comment on the Recommended Decision of the Joint Board on

    Universal Service concerning the process for designation of eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) and the Commission's rules regarding high-cost universal service support.

    On June 28, 2004, the Commission issued an Order that asked the Joint

    Board to review the Commission's rules relating to the high-cost universal service support mechanism for rural carriers and to determine the appropriate rural mechanism to succeed the 5-year plan adopted in the Rural Task Force Order.

    On June 30, 2004, the Commission issued an Order appointing the

    Honorable Robert Nelson, Commissioner of the Michigan Public Service

    Commission to serve on the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal

    Service.

    On July 20, 2004, the Commission issued an Order that granted, in part, waiver requests filed by AT&T, SBC and Verizon regarding the true-up process for universal service contributions based on 2003 revenues.

    On July 30, 2004, the Commission issued an Order on Reconsideration and

    Fourth Report and Order that addressed Petitions for Reconsideration of the Commitment Adjustment Order, which directed the Universal Service

    Administrative Company to cancel any E-rate funding commitments that were made in violation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and to recover any erroneously distributed funds from service providers.

    On August 13, 2004, the Commission issued a Fifth Report and Order and

    Order that adopted measures to protect against waste, fraud and abuse in the administration of the Schools and Libraries Universal Service

    Support Mechanism. The document also resolved a number of issues that have arisen from audit activities conducted as part of ongoing oversight over the administration of the universal service fund (USF) and addressed programmatic concerns raised by the Office of Inspector

    General.

    On August 26, 2004, the Commission issued an Order that granted in part

    NeuStar's Request to perform certain changes and transactions that do not affect its neutrality without Commission approval.

    On September 9, 2004, the Commission issued a Fourth Report to Congress that concluded the Commission's Fourth inquiry under section 706 of the

    Telecommunications Act of 1996. It concludes that the overall goal of section 706 is being met, and that advanced telecommunications

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    capability is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion.

    On September 16, 2004, the Commission issued a Second Further Notice of

    Proposed Rulemaking that sought comment on the North American Numbering

    Council recommendation for reducing the time interval for intermodal porting. The Commission also sought comment on implementation issues in the event that a reduced intermodal porting interval is adopted.

    On September 27, 2004, the Commission issued a Memorandum Opinion and

    Order that dismissed as moot Accipiter's Application for Review of a decision by the Accounting and Audits Division made on delegated authority, denying Accipiter's request for waiver of 47 CFR sections 36.611 and 36.612.

    On October 29, 2004, the Commission issued a Memorandum Opinion and

    Order that granted the Application for Review of a decision by the

    Common Carrier Bureau made on delegated authority, which granted

    Sandwich Isles a waiver to be treated as an incumbent Local Exchange

    Carrier serving a previously unserved area for purposes of receiving high-cost universal service support.

    On October 29, 2004, the Commission issued an Order that denied a petition for reconsideration filed by Business Service Center, Inc.,

    Mobile Phone of Texas, Inc., and 3 Rivers PCS, Inc. requesting that the

    Commission reconsider its ``safe harbor'' guidelines, adopted in 1998, which allow several categories of carriers to assume that a certain percentage of their telecommunications revenues is interstate for universal service reporting and contribution purposes.

    On November 29, 2004, the Commission issued an Order on Reconsideration that addressed twelve petitions for reconsideration of the Universal

    Service First Report and Order and the Fourth Order on Reconsideration.

    These petitions concerned, among other issues, the high-cost and

    Schools and Libraries mechanisms, and contribution methodology.

    On December 17, 2004, the Commission issued a Second Report and Order,

    Order on Reconsideration, and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that modified its rules to improve the effectiveness of the rural health care universal service support mechanism.

    On December 30, 2004, the Commission issued an Order that approved the nominations of two state commissioners, Elliott Smith and Ray Baum to the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service.

    On January 10, 2005, the Commission issued an Order and Order on

    Reconsideration that amended 47 CFR section 54.305 so that it does not apply to transfers to exchanges between non-rural carriers after the phase-down of interim hold-harmless support, and granted a request by the National Telephone Cooperative Association to provide that rural carriers may receive ``safety valve'' support for investment made in the first year of operating acquired exchanges.

    On January 10, 2005, the Commission issued an Order that denied in part and granted in part a request by Valor for waiver of 47 CFR section 54.305. The waiver allowed it to receive additional safety valve support consistent with the modifications to the safety valve mechanism contained in the Companion Order.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    Recommended Decision Federal-

    State Joint Board, Universal

    Service

    11/08/96

    61 FR 63778 1st R&O

    05/08/97

    62 FR 32862 2nd R&O

    05/08/97

    62 FR 32862

    Order on Recon

    07/10/97

    62 FR 40742

    R&O and 2nd Order on Recon

    07/18/97

    62 FR 41294 2nd R&O, and FNPRM

    08/15/97

    62 FR 47404 3rd R&O

    10/14/97

    62 FR 56118 2nd Order on Recon

    11/26/97

    62 FR 65036 4th Order on Recon

    12/30/97

    62 FR 2093 5th Order on Recon

    06/22/98

    63 FR 43088 5th R&O

    10/28/98

    63 FR 63993 8th Order on Recon

    11/21/98 2nd Recommended Decision

    11/25/98

    63 FR 67837 13th Order on Recon

    06/09/99

    64 FR 30917

    FNPRM

    06/14/99

    64 FR 31780

    FNPRM

    09/30/99

    64 FR 52738 14th Order on Recon

    11/16/99

    64 FR 62120 15th Order on Recon

    11/30/99

    64 FR 66778 10th R&O

    12/01/99

    64 FR 67372 9th R&O and 18th Order on Recon 12/01/99

    64 FR 67416 19th Order on Recon

    12/30/99

    64 FR 73427 20th Order on Recon

    05/08/00

    65 FR 26513

    Public Notice

    07/18/00

    65 FR 44507 12th 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 14th 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 2nd FNPRM

    12/13/02

    67 FR 79543

    NPRM

    02/25/03

    68 FR 12020

    Public Notice

    02/26/03

    68 FR 10724 2nd R&O and FNPRM

    06/20/03

    68 FR 36961 25th 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 & 4th R&O

    07/30/04

    69 FR 55983 5th R&O and Order

    08/13/04

    69 FR 55097

    Order

    08/26/04

    69 FR 57289 2nd FNPRM

    09/16/04

    69 FR 61334

    Order & Order on Recon

    01/10/05

    70 FR 10057 6th 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

    Next Action Undetermined

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Adrian Wright, Telecommunications Policy Analyst,

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

    Phone: 202 418-0792

    Email: adrian.wright@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AF85

  91. 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 Reconsideration

    10/01/99

    64 FR 53242

    Final Rule, Announcement of

    Effective Date

    01/26/01

    66 FR 7865

    Clarification Order & Second

    NPRM

    09/07/01

    66 FR 50140 3rd R&O and 3rd 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: Adam Kirschenbaum, Attorney-Advisor, WCB, Federal

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

    Phone: 202 418-7280

    Email: adam.kirschenbaum@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG43

  92. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LOCAL COMPETITION PROVISIONS OF THE

    TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1996

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

    USC 207 to 209; 47 USC 218

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Reconsideration (FCC 99-243), resolving the remaining petitions for reconsideration regarding numbering administration under 47 U.S.C. section 251(e)(1). On January 9, 2002, the Commission released an Order on Reconsideration dismissing petitions for reconsideration or clarification of the Local Competition Second Report and Order regarding dialing parity under 47 U.S.C. section 251(b)(3) and network disclosure under 47 U.S.C. section 251(c)(5).

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

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

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

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

    NPRM (FCC 01-384), in which the Commission solicited comment on whether there is sufficient competition in the retail DA market, and if not, what if any action the Commission should take to promote such competition. The Commission sought specific comment on whether alternative dialing methods would promote competition. Proposed methods include: (1) Presubscription to 411; (2) utilizing national 555 numbers; (3) utilizing carrier access codes (1010 numbers); and (4) utilizing 411XX numbers. The Commission also sought comment on whether the 411 dialing code should be eliminated. This proceeding is pending before the Commission.

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

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    04/25/96

    61 FR 18311

    NPRM Comment Period End

    06/03/96

    Order

    09/06/96

    61 FR 47284

    NPRM

    09/27/99

    64 FR 51949

    Second Order on Recon

    09/27/99

    64 FR 51910

    Third Order on Recon

    11/18/99

    64 FR 62983

    First Report & Order

    02/21/01

    66 FR 10965

    NPRM

    02/14/02

    67 FR 6902

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    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

  93. LOCAL TELEPHONE NETWORKS THAT LECS MUST MAKE AVAILABLE TO

    COMPETITORS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 251

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Commission adopted new unbundling requirements. 68 FR 52276.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    DS1 and DS3 loops, except in wire centers that meet specific business lines and fiber-based collocation thresholds. Similarly, with respect to dedicated transport, the Commission determined that competing carriers are impaired without access to DS1, DS3 and dark fiber transport, except on routes connecting a pair of wire centers, each containing a specified number of business lines or a specified number of fiber-based collocators.

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

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

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

    UNE(s) at issue.

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

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

    Order).

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    Second Further NPRM

    04/26/99

    64 FR 20238

    Fourth Further NPRM

    01/14/00

    65 FR 2367

    Errata Third R&O and Fourth

    Further NPRM

    01/18/00

    65 FR 2542

    Second Errata Third R&O and

    Fourth Further NPRM

    01/18/00

    65 FR 2542

    Page 24825

    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 2nd 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

  94. 2000 BIENNIAL REGULATORY REVIEW--TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE QUALITY

    REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 154(i) to 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: Alex Johns, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th

    Street SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1167

    Fax: 202 418-1413

    Email: alexis.johns@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH72

  95. ACCESS CHARGE REFORM AND UNIVERSAL SERVICE REFORM

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

    Further NPRM

    11/30/01

    66 FR 59761

    Report and Order

    11/30/01

    66 FR 59719 2nd FNPRM

    03/23/04

    69 FR 13794

    Order

    05/06/04

    69 FR 25325

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Douglas Slotten, Attorney-Advisor, Federal

    Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th Street

    SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1572

    Email: douglas.slotten@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AH74

  96. 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

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    telecommunications numbering resources are used and allocated. It incorporated input from the North American Numbering Council (NANC), a

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

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

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

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

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

    Furthermore, the Commission addressed several issues raised in the

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

    Commission declined to adopt this measure at the present time.

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

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

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

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

    Common Carrier Bureau, in consultation with the Wireless

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

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

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

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

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

    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

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    Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) for which another carrier has made a specific request for the provision of LNP. The Commission delegated the authority to state commissions to require carriers operating within the largest 100 MSAs that have not received a specific request for LNP from another carrier to provide LNP, under certain circumstances and on a case-by-case basis. The Commission concluded that all carriers, except those specifically exempted, are required to participate in thousands-block number pooling in accordance with the national rollout schedule, regardless of whether they are required to provide LNP, including commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) providers that were required to deploy LNP as of November 24, 2003. The

    Commission specifically exempted from the pooling requirement rural telephone companies and Tier III CMRS providers that have not received a request to provide LNP. The Commission also exempted from the pooling requirement carriers that are the only service provider receiving numbering resources in a given rate center. Additionally, the

    Commission sought further comment on whether these exemptions should be expanded to include carriers where there are only two service providers receiving numbering resources in the rate center. Finally, the

    Commission reaffirmed that the 100 largest MSAs identified in the 1990

    U.S. Census reports as well as those areas included on any subsequent

    U.S. Census report of the 100 largest MSAs.

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

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

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

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

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    06/17/99

    64 FR 32471

    R&O and Further NPRM

    06/16/00

    65 FR 37703

    Second R&O and Second Further

    NPRM

    02/08/01

    66 FR 9528

    Third R&O and Second Order on

    Recon

    02/12/02

    67 FR 643 3rd O on Recon & 3rd FNPRM

    04/05/02

    67 FR 16347 4th R&O and 4th NPRM

    07/21/03

    68 FR 43003

    Order & 5th 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

  97. NATIONAL EXCHANGE CARRIER ASSOCIATION PETITION

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151 to 152; 47 USC 201 to 202;

    Abstract: In a notice of proposed rulemaking 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

  98. IP-ENABLED SERVICES

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151 to 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,

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    an item strengthening the Commission's rules to protect the privacy of customer proprietary network information (CPNI) that is collected and held by providers of communications services, and a further notice of proposed rulemaking seeking comment on what steps the Commission should take, if any, to secure further the privacy of customer information.

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

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

    On August 16, 2007, the Commission published in the Federal Register notice that it had adopted on August 2, 2007 an item amending the

    Commission's Schedule of Regulatory Fees by, inter alia, incorporating regulatory fee payment obligations for interconnected VoIP service providers, which shall become effective November 15, 2007, which is 90 days from date of notification to Congress.

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

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

    Hamilton Telephone Company seeking a stay or waiver of certain aspects of the Commission's VoIP Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) Order. 72 FR 61813; 72 FR 61882

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

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

    CPNI rules. 72 FR 72358

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

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

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

    VoIP providers. 73 FR 9507

    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

    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

  99. 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 to 252; 47 USC 254 to 256; 47 USC 258; 47 USC 303(R)

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

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

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    10/17/05

    70 FR 60259

    NPRM Comment Period End

    03/01/06

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

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

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

    Phone: 202 418-1580

    Fax: 202 418-1413

    Email: william.kehoe@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI73

  100. [bull] 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

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    governing the setting of tariffed rates by local exchange carriers

    (LECs) provide incentives and opportunities for carriers to increase access demand endogenously with the result that the tariff rates are no longer just and reasonable. The Commission tentatively concluded that it must revise its tariff rules so that it can be confident that tariffed rates remain just and reasonable even if a carrier experiences or induces significant increases in access demand. The Commission seeks comment on the types of activities that are causing the increases in interstate access demand and the effects of such demand increases on the cost structures of LECs. The Commission also seeks comment on several means of ensuring just and reasonable rates going forward. The

    NPRM invites comment on potential traffic stimulation by rate-of-return

    LECs, price cap LECs, and competitive LECs, as well as other forms of intercarrier traffic stimulation. Comments were received on December 17, 2007, and reply comments were received on January 16, 2008.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    11/15/07

    72 FR 64179

    NPRM Comment Period End

    12/17/07

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Douglas Slotten, Attorney-Advisor, Federal

    Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th Street

    SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1572

    Email: douglas.slotten@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AJ02

  101. [bull] JURISDICTIONAL SEPARATIONS

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 154(j); 47 USC 205; 47 USC 221(c); 47 USC 254; 47 USC 403; 47 USC 410

    Abstract: Jurisdictional separations is the process, pursuant to part 36 of the Commission's rules, by which incumbent local exchange carriers apportion regulated costs between the intrastate and interstate jurisdictions. In 1997, the Commission initiated a proceeding seeking comment on the extent to which legislative changes, technological changes, and market changes warrant comprehensive reform of the separations process. In 2001, the Commission adopted the

    Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations' recommendation to impose an interim freeze of the part 36 category relationships and jurisdictional cost allocation factors for a period of five years, pending comprehensive reform of the part 36 separations rules. In 2006, the Commission adopted an Order and Further Notice of Proposed

    Rulemaking, which extended the separations freeze for a period of three years and sought comment on comprehensive reform.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    11/05/97

    62 FR 59842

    NPRM Comment Period End

    12/10/97

    Order

    06/21/01

    66 FR 33202

    Order and FNPRM

    05/26/06

    71 FR 29882

    Order and FNPRM Comment Period

    End

    08/22/06

    Next Action Undetermined

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

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

    Phone: 202 418-7389

    Email: theodore.burmeister@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AJ06

    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    Completed Actions

    Wireline Competition Bureau

  102. DETARIFFING OF COMPETITIVE LOCAL EXCHANGE CARRIERS' INTERSTATE

    EXCHANGE ACCESS SERVICES

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

    Abstract: In an Order on Reconsideration released on May 18, 2004, the

    Commission addressed a number of petitions for reconsideration of the tariff rules governing the charges for interstate switched access services provided by competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs). With this decision, the Commission denied petitions for reconsideration and retained the existing regime governing interstate switched access services provided by CLECs. Although the Commission denied petitions for reconsideration, it addressed a number of issues raised in petitions for clarification and amended the tariff rules accordingly.

    In the attached Report and Order, the Commission concluded that CLEC- provided access rates for toll free, or ``8YY'' traffic should not be afforded different treatment than CLEC tariffed interstate switched access traffic generally.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    07/17/97

    62 FR 38244

    FNPRM

    09/22/99

    64 FR 51280

    Public Notice

    06/26/00

    65 FR 39335

    FNPRM

    05/21/01

    66 FR 27927

    Order

    05/21/01

    66 FR 27892

    Order on Recon, R&O

    06/24/04

    69 FR 35258

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Victoria Goldberg, Attorney-Advisor, Federal

    Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th Street

    SW., Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-7353

    Email: victoria.goldberg@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AG73

  103. REGULATION OF PREPAID CALLING CARD SERVICES; WC DOCKET NO. 05-68

    Legal Authority: 47 USC 151; 47 USC 152; 47 USC 154(i); 47 USC 201; 47

    USC 202; 47 USC 254

    Abstract: In this document, the Commission takes steps necessary to protect the federal universal service program and promote stability in the market for prepaid calling cards. In particular, the Commission will treat certain prepaid calling card service providers as telecommunications service providers. As such, these providers must pay intrastate access charges for interexchange calls that originate and terminate in the same

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    State and interstate access charges on interexchange calls that originate and terminate in different states. They also must contribute to the Federal Universal Service Fund (USF) based on their interstate revenues, subject to the limitations set forth below. The Commission also addresses a petition for interim relief filed by AT&T and adopts interim rules to facilitate compliance with the universal service and access charge rules. Specifically, on an interim and prospective basis, the Commission requires all prepaid calling card providers to comply with certain reporting and certification requirements.

    Timetable:

    Action

    Date

    FR Cite

    NPRM

    03/16/05

    70 FR 12828

    NPRM Comment Period End

    05/16/05

    Report & Order

    08/02/06

    71 FR 43667

    Interim Final Rule Effective 10/31/06

    Public Notice

    10/19/06

    71 FR 61774

    OMB Approval

    02/14/07

    72 FR 7032

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

    Agency Contact: Lynne H. Engledow, Attorney, Federal Communications

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

    Washington, DC 20554

    Phone: 202 418-1520

    Fax: 202 418-1567

    Email: lynne.engledow@fcc.gov

    RIN: 3060-AI83

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