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Federal Communications Commission





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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

Federal Register / Vol. 83 , No. 9 / Friday, January 12, 2018 / 
Unified Agenda

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

47 CFR Ch. I


Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions--
Fall 2017

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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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 (U.S.C. 602). The Unified 
Agenda also provides the Code of Federal Regulations citations and 
legal authorities that govern these proceedings. The complete Unified 
Agenda will be published on the internet in a searchable format at 
www.reginfo.gov.

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maura McGowan, Telecommunications 
Policy 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 ``MB Docket No. 96-222,'' which 
indicates that the responsible bureau is 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.

Sheryl D. Todd,
Deputy Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.

       Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau--Long-Term Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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399.......................  Implementation of the              3060-AG46
                             Subscriber Selection
                             Changes Provision of the
                             Telecommunications Act of
                             1996 (CC Docket No. 94-
                             129).
400.......................  Implementation of the              3060-AG58
                             Telecom Act of 1996;
                             Access to
                             Telecommunications
                             Service,
                             Telecommunications
                             Equipment, and Customer
                             Premises Equipment by
                             Persons With Disabilities
                             (WT Docket No. 96-198).
401.......................  Rules and Regulations              3060-AI14
                             Implementing the
                             Telephone Consumer
                             Protection Act (TCPA) of
                             1991 (CG Docket No. 02-
                             278).
402.......................  Rules and Regulations              3060-AI15
                             Implementing Section 225
                             of the Communications Act
                             (Telecommunications Relay
                             Service) (CG Docket No.
                             03-123).
403.......................  Closed-Captioning of Video         3060-AI72
                             Programming; CG Docket
                             Nos. 05-231 and 06-181
                             (Section 610 Review).
404.......................  Accessibility of                   3060-AI75
                             Programming Providing
                             Emergency Information; MB
                             Docket No. 12-107.
405.......................  Empowering Consumers to            3060-AJ72
                             Prevent and Detect
                             Billing for Unauthorized
                             Charges (``Cramming'')
                             (CC Docket No. 98-170; CG
                             Docket Nos. 09-158, 11-
                             116).
406.......................  Implementation of Sections         3060-AK00
                             716 and 717 of the
                             Communications Act of
                             1934, as Enacted by the
                             Twenty-First Century
                             Communications and Video
                             Accessibility Act of 2010
                             (CG Docket No. 10-213).
407.......................  Misuse of Internet                 3060-AK01
                             Protocol (IP) Captioned
                             Telephone Service;
                             Telecommunications Relay
                             Services and Speech-to-
                             Speech Services; CG
                             Docket No. 13-24.
408.......................  Transition From TTY to             3060-AK58
                             Real-Time Text Technology
                             (GN Docket No. 15-178; CG
                             Docket No. 1645).
409.......................  Advanced Methods to Target         3060-AK62
                             and Eliminate Unlawful
                             Robocalls; (CG Docket No.
                             17-59).
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         Office of Engineering and Technology--Long-Term Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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410.......................  Unlicensed Operation in            3060-AI52
                             the TV Broadcast Bands
                             (ET Docket No. 04-186).
411.......................  Fixed and Mobile Services          3060-AJ46
                             in the Mobile Satellite
                             Service (ET Docket No. 10-
                             142).

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412.......................  Operation of Radar Systems         3060-AJ68
                             in the 76-77 GHz Band (ET
                             Docket No. 11-90).
413.......................  Federal Earth Stations--           3060-AK09
                             Non-Federal Fixed
                             Satellite Service Space
                             Stations; Spectrum for
                             Non-Federal Space Launch
                             Operations; ET Docket No.
                             13-115.
414.......................  Authorization of                   3060-AK10
                             Radiofrequency Equipment;
                             ET Docket No. 13-44.
415.......................  Operation of Radar Systems         3060-AK29
                             in the 76-77 GHz Band (ET
                             Docket No. 15-26).
416.......................  Spectrum Access for                3060-AK30
                             Wireless Microphone
                             Operations (GN Docket
                             Nos. 14-166 and 12-268).
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                 International Bureau--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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417.......................  Comprehensive Review of            3060-AJ98
                             Licensing and Operating
                             Rules for Satellite
                             Services (IB Docket No.
                             12-267).
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                 International Bureau--Long-Term Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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418.......................  International Settlements          3060-AJ77
                             Policy Reform (IB Docket
                             No. 11-80).
419.......................  Expanding Broadband and            3060-AK02
                             Innovation Through Air-
                             Ground Mobile Broadband
                             Secondary Service for
                             Passengers Aboard
                             Aircraft in the 14.0-14.5
                             GHz Band; GN Docket No.
                             13-114.
420.......................  Update to Parts 2 and 25           3060-AK59
                             Concerning
                             NonGeostationary, Fixed-
                             Satellite Service Systems
                             and Related Matters; IB
                             Docket No. I6-408.
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                 International Bureau--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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421.......................  Establishment of Policies          3060-AI84
                             and Service Rules for the
                             17/24 GHz Broadcasting
                             Satellite Service (IB
                             Docket No. 06-123).
422.......................  Terrestrial Use of the             3060-AK16
                             2473-2495 MHz Band for
                             Low-Power Mobile
                             Broadband Networks;
                             Amendments to Rules of
                             Mobile Satellite Service
                             System; IB Docket No. 13-
                             213.
423.......................  Review of Foreign                  3060-AK47
                             Ownership Policies for
                             Broadcast, Common Carrier
                             and Aeronautical Radio
                             Licensees Under Section
                             310(b)(4) of the
                             Communications Act of
                             1934, as Amended (Docket
                             No. 15-236).
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                     Media Bureau--Long-Term Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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424.......................  Broadcast Ownership Rules.         3060-AH97
425.......................  Establishment of Rules for         3060-AI38
                             Digital Low-Power
                             Television, Television
                             Translator, and
                             Television Booster
                             Stations (MB Docket No.
                             03-185).
426.......................  Promoting Diversification          3060-AJ27
                             of Ownership in the
                             Broadcast Services (MB
                             Docket No. 07-294).
427.......................  Closed Captioning of               3060-AJ67
                             Internet Protocol-
                             Delivered Video
                             Programming:
                             Implementation of the
                             Twenty-First Century
                             Communications and Video
                             Accessibility Act of 2010
                             (MB Docket No. 11-154).
428.......................  Noncommercial Educational          3060-AJ79
                             Station Fundraising for
                             Third-Party Nonprofit
                             Organizations (MB Docket
                             No. 12-106).
429.......................  Accessibility of User              3060-AK11
                             Interfaces and Video
                             Programming Guides and
                             Menus (MB Docket No. 12-
                             108).
430.......................  Channel Sharing by Full            3060-AK42
                             Power and Class A
                             Stations Outside of the
                             Incentive Auction
                             Context; (MB Docket No.
                             15-137).
431.......................  Authorizing Permissive Use         3060-AK56
                             of the ``Next
                             Generation'' Broadcast
                             Television Standard (GN
                             Docket No. 16-142).
432.......................  Elimination of Main Studio         3060-AK61
                             Rule; (MB Docket No. 17-
                             106).
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             Office of Managing Director--Long-Term Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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433.......................  Assessment and Collection          3060-AK64
                             of Regulatory Fees for
                             Fiscal Year 2017; MD
                             Docket No. 17-134.
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      Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau--Long-Term Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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434.......................  Enhanced 911 Services for          3060-AG60
                             Wireline and Multi-Line
                             Telephone Systems; PS
                             Docket Nos. 10-255 and 07-
                             114.
435.......................  Commission Rules                   3060-AI22
                             Concerning Disruptions to
                             Communications (PS Docket
                             No. 11-82).
436.......................  E911 Requirements for IP-          3060-AI62
                             Enabled Service Providers
                             (Dockets Nos. GN 11-117,
                             PS 07-114, WC 05-196, WC
                             04-36).
437.......................  Wireless E911 Location             3060-AJ52
                             Accuracy Requirements; PS
                             Docket No. 07-114.
438.......................  Proposed Amendments to             3060-AK19
                             Service Rules Governing
                             Public Safety Narrowband
                             Operations in the 769-775
                             and 799-805 MHz Bands; PS
                             Docket No. 13-87.
439.......................  Improving Outage Reporting         3060-AK39
                             for Submarine Cables and
                             Enhancing Submarine Cable
                             Outage Data; GN Docket
                             No. 15-206.
440.......................  Amendments to Part 4 of            3060-AK40
                             the Commission's Rules
                             Concerning Disruptions to
                             Communications; PS Docket
                             No. 15-80.
441.......................  New Part 4 of the                  3060-AK41
                             Commission's Rules
                             Concerning Disruptions to
                             Communications; ET Docket
                             No. 04-35.
442.......................  Wireless Emergency Alerts          3060-AK54
                             (WEA); PS Docket No. 15-
                             91.
443.......................  Blue Alert EAS Event Code.         3060-AK63
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          Wireless Telecommunications Bureau--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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444.......................  Updating Part 1                    3060-AK28
                             Competitive Bidding Rules
                             (WT Docket No. 14-170).
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          Wireless Telecommunications Bureau--Long-Term Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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445.......................  Reexamination of Roaming           3060-AH83
                             Obligations of Commercial
                             Mobile Radio Service
                             Providers.
446.......................  Review of Part 87 of the           3060-AI35
                             Commission's Rules
                             Concerning Aviation (WT
                             Docket No. 01-289).
447.......................  Implementation of the              3060-AI88
                             Commercial Spectrum
                             Enhancement Act (CSEA)
                             and Modernization of the
                             Commission's Competitive
                             Bidding Rules and
                             Procedures (WT Docket No.
                             05-211).
448.......................  Amendment of the                   3060-AJ22
                             Commission's Rules to
                             Improve Public Safety
                             Communications in the 800
                             MHz Band, and to
                             Consolidate the 800 MHz
                             and 900 MHz Business and
                             Industrial/Land
                             Transportation Pool
                             Channels.
449.......................  Amendment of Part 90 of            3060-AJ37
                             the Commission's Rules.
450.......................  Amendment of Part 101 of           3060-AJ47
                             the Commission's Rules
                             for Microwave Use and
                             Broadcast Auxiliary
                             Service Flexibility.
451.......................  Universal Service Reform           3060-AJ58
                             Mobility Fund (WT Docket
                             No. 10-208).
452.......................  Fixed and Mobile Services          3060-AJ59
                             in the Mobile Satellite
                             Service Bands at 1525-
                             1559 MHz and 1626.5-
                             1660.5 MHz, 1610-1626.5
                             MHz and 2483.5-2500 MHz,
                             and 2000-2020 MHz and
                             2180-2200 MHz.
453.......................  Improving Spectrum                 3060-AJ71
                             Efficiency Through
                             Flexible Channel Spacing
                             and Bandwidth Utilization
                             for Economic Area-Based
                             800 MHz Specialized
                             Mobile Radio Licensees
                             (WT Docket Nos. 12-64 and
                             11-110).
454.......................  Expanding the Economic and         3060-AJ82
                             Innovation Opportunities
                             of Spectrum Through
                             Incentive Auctions; (GN
                             Docket No. 12-268).
455.......................  Amendment of Parts 1, 2,           3060-AJ87
                             22, 24, 27, 90 and 95 of
                             the Commission's Rules to
                             Improve Wireless Coverage
                             Through the Use of Signal
                             Boosters (WT Docket No.
                             10-4).
456.......................  Amendment of the                   3060-AJ88
                             Commission's Rules
                             Governing Certain
                             Aviation Ground Station
                             Equipment (Squitter) (WT
                             Docket Nos. 10-61 and 09-
                             42).
457.......................  Amendment of Part 90 of            3060-AK05
                             the Commission's Rules to
                             Permit Terrestrial
                             Trunked Radio (TETRA)
                             Technology; WT Docket No.
                             11-6.
458.......................  Promoting Technological            3060-AK06
                             Solutions to Combat
                             Wireless Contraband
                             Device Use in
                             Correctional Facilities;
                             GN Docket No. 13-111.
459.......................  Enabling Small Cell Use in         3060-AK12
                             the 3.5 GHz Band.
460.......................  800 MHz Cellular                   3060-AK13
                             Telecommunications
                             Licensing Reform; Docket
                             No. 12-40.
461.......................  Use of Spectrum Bands              3060-AK44
                             Above 24 GHz for Mobile
                             Services--Spectrum
                             Frontiers; WT Docket 10-
                             112.
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            Wireline Competition Bureau--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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462.......................  Jurisdictional Separations         3060-AJ06
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             Wireline Competition Bureau--Long-Term Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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463.......................  2000 Biennial Regulatory           3060-AH72
                             Review--Telecommunication
                             s Service Quality
                             Reporting Requirements.
464.......................  Numbering Resource                 3060-AH80
                             Optimization.
465.......................  IP-Enabled Services; WC            3060-AI48
                             Docket No. 04-36.
466.......................  Development of Nationwide          3060-AJ15
                             Broadband Data To
                             Evaluate Reasonable and
                             Timely Deployment of
                             Advanced Services to All
                             Americans.
467.......................  Local Number Portability           3060-AJ32
                             Porting Interval and
                             Validation Requirements
                             (WC Docket No. 07-244).
468.......................  Implementation of Section          3060-AJ64
                             224 of the Act; A
                             National Broadband Plan
                             for Our Future (WC Docket
                             No. 07-245, GN Docket No.
                             09-51).
469.......................  Rural Call Completion; WC          3060-AJ89
                             Docket No. 13-39.
470.......................  Rates for Inmate Calling           3060-AK08
                             Services; WC Docket No.
                             12-375.
471.......................  Comprehensive Review of            3060-AK20
                             the Part 32 Uniform
                             System of Accounts (WC
                             Docket No. 14-130).
472.......................  Restoring Internet Freedom         3060-AK21
                             (WC Docket No. 17-108);
                             Protecting and Promoting
                             the Open Internet; (GN
                             Docket No. 14-28).
473.......................  Technology Transitions; GN         3060-AK32
                             Docket No 13-5, WC Docket
                             No. 05-25.
474.......................  Modernizing Common Carrier         3060-AK33
                             Rules, WC Docket No 15-33.
475.......................  Numbering Policies for             3060-AK36
                             Modern Communications, WC
                             Docket No. 13-97.
476.......................  Implementation of the              3060-AK57
                             Universal Service
                             Portions of the 1996
                             Telecommunications Act.
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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau

Long-Term Actions

399. Implementation of the Subscriber Selection Changes Provision of 
the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (CC Docket No. 94-129)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 U.S.C. 258
    Abstract: Section 258 of the Communications Act of 1934, as 
amended, 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 verification procedures that the Commission prescribes. 
Failure to comply with such procedures is known as ``slamming.'' In CC 
Docket No. 94-129, the Commission implements and interprets section 258 
by adopting rules, policies, and declaratory rulings.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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MO&O on Recon and FNPRM.............   08/14/97  62 FR 43493
FNPRM Comment Period End............   09/30/97  .......................
Second R&O and Second FNPRM.........   02/16/99  64 FR 7745
First Order on Recon................   04/13/00  65 FR 47678
Third R&O and Second Order on Recon.   11/08/00  65 FR 66934
Third FNPRM.........................   01/29/01  66 FR 8093
Order...............................   03/01/01  66 FR 12877
First R&O and Fourth R&O............   06/06/01  66 FR 30334
Second FNPRM........................   03/17/03  68 FR 19176
Third Order on Recon................   03/17/03  68 FR 19152
Second FNPRM Comment Period End.....   06/17/03  .......................
First Order on Recon & Fourth Order    03/15/05  70 FR 12605
 on Recon.
Fifth Order on Recon................   03/23/05  70 FR 14567
Order...............................   02/04/08  73 FR 6444
Fourth R&O..........................   03/12/08  73 FR 13144
NPRM................................   08/14/17  82 FR 37830
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kimberly Wild, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-1324, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AG46

400. Implementation of the Telecom Act of 1996; Access to 
Telecommunications Service, Telecommunications Equipment, and Customer 
Premises Equipment by Persons With Disabilities (WT Docket No. 96-198)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 255; 47 U.S.C. 251(a)(2)
    Abstract: These proceedings 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:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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R&O.................................   08/14/96  61 FR 42181
NOI.................................   09/26/96  61 FR 50465
NPRM................................   05/22/98  63 FR 28456
R&O.................................   11/19/99  64 FR 63235
Further NOI.........................   11/19/99  64 FR 63277
Public Notice.......................   01/07/02  67 FR 678
R&O.................................   08/06/07  72 FR 43546
Petition for Waiver.................   11/01/07  72 FR 61813
Public Notice.......................   11/01/07  72 FR 61882
Final Rule..........................   04/21/08  73 FR 21251
Public Notice.......................   08/01/08  73 FR 45008
Extension of Waiver.................   05/15/08  73 FR 28057
Extension of Waiver.................   05/06/09  74 FR 20892
Public Notice.......................   05/07/09  74 FR 21364
Extension of Waiver.................   07/29/09  74 FR 37624
NPRM................................   03/14/11  76 FR 13800
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   04/12/11  76 FR 20297
FNPRM...............................   12/30/11  76 FR 82240
Comment Period End..................   03/14/12  .......................
R&O.................................   12/30/11  76 FR 82354
Announcement of Effective Date......   04/25/12  77 FR 24632
2nd R&O.............................   05/22/13  78 FR 30226
FNPRM...............................   12/20/13  78 FR 77074
FNPRM Comment Period End............   02/18/14  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Rosaline Crawford, Attorney, Disability Rights 
Office, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2075, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AG58

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401. Rules and Regulations Implementing the Telephone Consumer 
Protection Act (TCPA) of 1991 (CG Docket No. 02-278)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 227
    Abstract: In this docket, the Commission considers rules and 
policies to implement the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 
(TCPA). The TCPA places requirements on: robocalls (calls using an 
automatic telephone dialing system an ``autodialer'' or a prerecorded 
or artificial voice), telemarketing calls, and unsolicited fax 
advertisements.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/08/02  67 FR 62667
FNPRM...............................   04/03/03  68 FR 16250
Order...............................   07/25/03  68 FR 44144
Order Effective.....................   08/25/03  .......................
Order on Reconsideration............   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 Reconsideration............   04/13/05  70 FR 19330
Order...............................   06/30/05  70 FR 37705
NPRM................................   12/19/05  70 FR 75102
Public Notice.......................   04/26/06  71 FR 24634
Order...............................   05/03/06  71 FR 25967
NPRM................................   12/14/07  72 FR 71099
Declaratory Ruling..................   02/01/08  73 FR 6041
R&O.................................   07/14/08  73 FR 40183
Order on Reconsideration............   10/30/08  73 FR 64556
NPRM................................   03/22/10  75 FR 13471
R&O.................................   06/11/12  77 FR 34233
Public Notice.......................   06/30/10  75 FR 34244
Public Notice (Reconsideration         10/03/12  77 FR 60343
 Petitions Filed).
Announcement of Effective Date......   10/16/12  77 FR 63240
Opposition End Date.................   10/18/12  .......................
Rule Corrections....................   11/08/12  77 FR 66935
Declaratory Ruling (release date)...   11/29/12  .......................
Declaratory Ruling (release date)...   05/09/13  .......................
Declaratory Ruling and Order........   10/09/15  80 FR 61129
NPRM................................   05/20/16  81 FR 31889
Declaratory Ruling..................   07/05/16  .......................
R&O.................................   11/16/16  81 FR 80594
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kristi Thornton, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-2467, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AI14

402. Rules and Regulations Implementing Section 225 of the 
Communications Act (Telecommunications Relay Service) (CG Docket No. 
03-123)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 225
    Abstract: This proceeding established a new docket flowing from the 
previous telecommunications relay service (TRS) history, CC Docket No. 
98-67. This proceeding continues the Commission's inquiry into 
improving the quality of TRS and furthering the goal of functional 
equivalency, consistent with Congress' mandate that TRS regulations 
encourage the use of existing technology and not discourage or impair 
the development of new technology. In this docket, the Commission 
explores ways to improve emergency preparedness for TRS facilities and 
services, new TRS technologies, public access to information and 
outreach, and issues related to payments from the Interstate TRS Fund.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/25/03  68 FR 50993
R&O, Order on Reconsideration.......   09/01/04  69 FR 53346
FNPRM...............................   09/01/04  69 FR 53382
Public Notice.......................   02/17/05  70 FR 8034
Declaratory Ruling/Interpretation...   02/25/05  70 FR 9239
Public Notice.......................   03/07/05  70 FR 10930
Order...............................   03/23/05  70 FR 14568
Public Notice/Announcement of Date..   04/06/05  70 FR 17334
Order...............................   07/01/05  70 FR 38134
Order on Reconsideration............   08/31/05  70 FR 51643
R&O.................................   08/31/05  70 FR 51649
Order...............................   09/14/05  70 FR 54294
Order...............................   09/14/05  70 FR 54298
Public Notice.......................   10/12/05  70 FR 59346
R&O/Order on Reconsideration........   12/23/05  70 FR 76208
Order...............................   12/28/05  70 FR 76712
Order...............................   12/29/05  70 FR 77052
NPRM................................   02/01/06  71 FR 5221
Declaratory Ruling/Clarification....   05/31/06  71 FR 30818
FNPRM...............................   05/31/06  71 FR 30848
FNPRM...............................   06/01/06  71 FR 31131
Declaratory Ruling/Dismissal of        06/21/06  71 FR 35553
 Petition.
Clarification.......................   06/28/06  71 FR 36690
Declaratory Ruling on                  07/06/06  71 FR 38268
 Reconsideration.
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
Final Rule; Clarification...........   02/14/07  72 FR 6960
Order...............................   03/14/07  72 FR 11789
R&O.................................   08/06/07  72 FR 43546
Public Notice.......................   08/16/07  72 FR 46060
Order...............................   11/01/07  72 FR 61813
Public Notice.......................   01/04/08  73 FR 863
R&O/Declaratory Ruling..............   01/17/08  73 FR 3197
Order...............................   02/19/08  73 FR 9031
Order...............................   04/21/08  73 FR 21347
R&O.................................   04/21/08  73 FR 21252
Order...............................   04/23/08  73 FR 21843
Public Notice.......................   04/30/08  73 FR 23361
Order...............................   05/15/08  73 FR 28057
Declaratory Ruling..................   07/08/08  73 FR 38928
FNPRM...............................   07/18/08  73 FR 41307
R&O.................................   07/18/08  73 FR 41286
Public Notice.......................   08/01/08  73 FR 45006
Public Notice.......................   08/05/08  73 FR 45354
Public Notice.......................   10/10/08  73 FR 60172
Order...............................   10/23/08  73 FR 63078
2nd R&O and Order on Reconsideration   12/30/08  73 FR 79683
Order...............................   05/06/09  74 FR 20892
Public Notice.......................   05/07/09  74 FR 21364
NPRM................................   05/21/09  74 FR 23815
Public Notice.......................   05/21/09  74 FR 23859
Public Notice.......................   06/12/09  74 FR 28046
Order...............................   07/29/09  74 FR 37624
Public Notice.......................   08/07/09  74 FR 39699
Order...............................   09/18/09  74 FR 47894
Order...............................   10/26/09  74 FR 54913
Public Notice.......................   05/12/10  75 FR 26701
Order Denying Stay Motion (Release     07/09/10  .......................
 Date).
Order...............................   08/13/10  75 FR 49491
Order...............................   09/03/10  75 FR 54040
NPRM................................   11/02/10  75 FR 67333
NPRM................................   05/02/11  76 FR 24442
Order...............................   07/25/11  76 FR 44326
Final Rule (Order)..................   09/27/11  76 FR 59551
Final Rule; Announcement of            11/22/11  76 FR 72124
 Effective Date.
Proposed Rule (Public Notice).......   02/28/12  77 FR 11997
Proposed Rule (FNPRM)...............   02/01/12  77 FR 4948
First R&O...........................   07/25/12  77 FR 43538
Public Notice.......................   10/29/12  77 FR 65526
Order on Reconsideration............   12/26/12  77 FR 75894
Order...............................   02/05/13  78 FR 8030
Order (Interim Rule)................   02/05/13  78 FR 8032
NPRM................................   02/05/13  78 FR 8090
Announcement of Effective Date......   03/07/13  78 FR 14701
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/13/13  .......................
FNPRM...............................   07/05/13  78 FR 40407
FNPRM Comment Period End............   09/18/13  .......................
R&O.................................   07/05/13  78 FR 40582
R&O.................................   08/15/13  78 FR 49693
FNPRM...............................   08/15/13  78 FR 49717
FNPRM Comment Period End............   09/30/13  .......................
R&O.................................   08/30/13  78 FR 53684

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FNPRM...............................   09/03/13  78 FR 54201
NPRM................................   10/23/13  78 FR 63152
FNPRM Comment Period End............   11/18/13  .......................
Petiton for Reconsideration; Request   12/16/13  78 FR 76096
 for Comment.
Petition for Reconsideration;          12/16/13  78 FR 76097
 Request for Comment.
Request for Clarification; Request     12/30/13  78 FR 79362
 for Comment; Correction.
Petition for Reconsideration Comment   01/10/14  .......................
 Period End.
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/21/14  .......................
Announcement of Effective Date......   07/11/14  79 FR 40003
Announcement of Effective Date......   08/28/14  79 FR 51446
Correction--Announcement of            08/28/14  79 FR 51450
 Effective Date.
Technical Amendments................   09/09/14  79 FR 53303
Public Notice.......................   09/15/14  79 FR 54979
R&O and Order.......................   10/21/14  79 FR 62875
FNPRM...............................   10/21/14  79 FR 62935
FNPRM Comment Period End............   12/22/14  .......................
Final Action (Announcement of          10/30/14  79 FR 64515
 Effective Date).
Final Rule Effective................   10/30/14  .......................
FNPRM...............................   11/08/15  80 FR 72029
FNPRM Comment Period End............   01/01/16  .......................
Public Notice.......................   01/20/16  81 FR 3085
Public Notice Comment Period End....   02/16/16  .......................
R&O.................................   03/21/16  81 FR 14984
FNPRM...............................   08/24/16  81 FR 57851
FNPRM Comment Period End............   09/14/16  .......................
NOI and FNPRM.......................   04/12/17  82 FR 17613
NOI and FNPRM Comment Period End....   05/30/17  .......................
R&O.................................   04/13/17  82 FR 17754
R&O.................................   04/27/17  82 FR 19322
FNPRM...............................   04/27/17  82 FR 19347
FNPRM Comment Period End............   07/11/17  .......................
R&O.................................   06/23/17  82 FR 28566
Public Notice.......................   07/21/17  82 FR 33856
Public Notice--correction...........   07/25/17  82 FR 34471
Public Notice Comment Period End....   07/31/17  .......................
Public Notice -correction Comment      08/17/17  .......................
 Period End.
R&O.................................   08/22/17  82 FR 39673
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Eliot Greenwald, Deputy Chief, Disability Rights 
Office, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2235, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AI15

403. Closed-Captioning of Video Programming; CG Docket Nos. 05-231 and 
06-181 (Section 610 Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 613
    Abstract: The Commission's closed-captioning rules are designed to 
make video programming more accessible to deaf and hard-of-hearing 
Americans. This proceeding resolves some issues regarding the 
Commission's closed-captioning rules that were raised for comment in 
2005, and also seeks comment on how a certain exemption from the 
closed-captioning rules should be applied to digital multicast 
broadcast channels.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/03/97  62 FR 4959
R&O.................................   09/16/97  62 FR 48487
Order on Reconsideration............   10/20/98  63 FR 55959
NPRM................................   09/26/05  70 FR 56150
Order and Declaratory Ruling........   01/13/09  74 FR 1594
NPRM................................   01/13/09  74 FR 1654
Final Rule Correction...............   09/11/09  74 FR 46703
Final Rule (Announcement of            02/19/10  75 FR 7370
 Effective Date).
Order...............................   02/19/10  75 FR 7368
Order Suspending Effective Date.....   02/19/10  75 FR 7369
Waiver Order........................   10/04/10  75 FR 61101
Public Notice.......................   11/17/10  75 FR 70168
Interim Final Rule (Order)..........   11/01/11  76 FR 67376
Final Rule (MO&O)...................   11/01/11  76 FR 67377
NPRM................................   11/01/11  76 FR 67397
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/16/11  .......................
Public Notice.......................   05/04/12  77 FR 26550
Public Notice.......................   12/15/12  77 FR 72348
Final Rule Effective................   03/16/15  .......................
FNPRM...............................   03/27/14  79 FR 17094
R&O.................................   03/31/14  79 FR 17911
FNPRM Comment Period End............   07/25/14  .......................
Final Action (Announcement of          12/29/14  79 FR 77916
 Effective Date).
2nd FNPRM...........................   12/31/14  79 FR 78768
Comment Period End..................   01/30/15  .......................
2nd R&O.............................   08/23/16  81 FR 57473
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Eliot Greenwald, Deputy Chief, Disability Rights 
Office, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2235, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AI72

404. Accessibility of Programming Providing Emergency Information; MB 
Docket No. 12-107

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 613
    Abstract: In this proceeding, the Commission adopted rules 
detailing how video programming distributors must make emergency 
information accessible to persons with hearing and visual disabilities.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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FNPRM...............................   01/21/98  63 FR 3070
NPRM................................   12/01/99  64 FR 67236
NPRM Correction.....................   12/22/99  64 FR 71712
Second R&O..........................   05/09/00  65 FR 26757
R&O.................................   09/11/00  65 FR 54805
Final Rule; Correction..............   09/20/00  65 FR 5680
NPRM................................   11/28/12  77 FR 70970
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   12/20/12  77 FR 75404
NPRM Comment Period Extension End...   01/07/13  .......................
R&O.................................   05/24/13  78 FR 31770
FNPRM...............................   05/24/13  78 FR 31800
FNPRM...............................   12/20/13  78 FR 77074
FNPRM Comment Period End............   02/18/14  .......................
NPRM................................   06/18/13  78 FR 36478
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/07/13  .......................
R&O.................................   12/20/13  78 FR 77210
Petition for Reconsideration........   01/31/14  79 FR 5364
Comment Period End..................   02/25/14  .......................
Correcting Amendments...............   02/10/14  79 FR 7590
Announcement of Effective Date......   04/16/14  79 FR 21399
Final Action (Announcement of          01/26/15  80 FR 3913
 Effective Date).
Final Action Effective..............   01/26/15  .......................
2nd R&O.............................   07/10/15  80 FR 39698
2nd FNPRM...........................   07/10/15  80 FR 39722

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2nd FNPRM Comment Period End........   09/08/15  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Eliot Greenwald, Deputy Chief, Disability Rights 
Office, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2235, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AI75

405. Empowering Consumers To Prevent and Detect Billing for 
Unauthorized Charges (``Cramming'') (CC Docket No. 98-170; CG Docket 
Nos. 09-158, 11-116)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 
U.S.C. 332
    Abstract: Cramming is the placement of unauthorized charges on a 
telephone bill, an unlawful practice under the Communications Act. In 
these dockets, the Commission considers rules and policies to help 
consumers detect and prevent cramming.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/23/11  76 FR 52625
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/21/11  .......................
Order (Extends Reply Comment Period)   11/30/11  76 FR 74017
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/05/11  .......................
FNPRM...............................   05/24/12  77 FR 30972
R&O.................................   05/24/12  77 FR 30915
FNPRM Comment Period End............   07/09/12  .......................
Order (Extends Reply Comment Period)   07/17/12  77 FR 41955
FNPRM Comment Period End............   07/20/12  .......................
Announcement of Effective Dates.....   10/26/12  77 FR 65230
Correction of Final Rule............   11/30/12  77 FR 71354
Correction of Final Rule............   11/30/12  77 FR 71353
NPRM................................   08/14/17  82 FR 37830
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/13/17  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kimberly Wild, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-1324, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AJ72

406. Implementation of Sections 716 and 717 of the Communications Act 
of 1934, as Enacted by the Twenty-First Century Communications and 
Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CG Docket No. 10-213)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 255; 47 
U.S.C. 617 to 619
    Abstract: These proceedings implement sections 716, 717, and 718 of 
the Communications Act, which were added by the Twenty-First Century 
Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA), related to 
the accessibility of advanced communications services and equipment 
(section 716), recordkeeping and enforcement requirements for entities 
subject to sections 255, 716, and 718 (section 717), and accessibility 
of internet browsers built into mobile phones (section 718).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/14/11  76 FR 13800
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   04/12/11  76 FR 20297
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/13/11  .......................
FNPRM...............................   12/30/11  76 FR 82240
R&O.................................   12/30/11  76 FR 82354
FNPRM Comment Period End............   03/14/12  .......................
Announcement of Effective Date......   04/25/12  77 FR 24632
2nd R&O.............................   05/22/13  78 FR 30226
R&O on Remand, Declaratory Ruling,     04/13/15  80 FR 19738
 and Order.
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Rosaline Crawford, Attorney, Disability Rights 
Office, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2075, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK00

407. Misuse of Internet Protocol (IP) Captioned Telephone Service; 
Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech Services; CG 
Docket No. 13-24

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 225
    Abstract: The FCC initiated this proceeding in its effort to ensure 
that IP CTS is available for eligible users only. In doing so, the FCC 
released an Interim Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to 
address certain practices related to the provision and marketing of 
internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS). IP CTS is a 
form of relay service designed to allow people with hearing loss to 
speak directly to another party on a telephone call and to 
simultaneously listen to the other party and read captions of what that 
party is saying over an IP-enabled device. To ensure that IP CTS is 
provided efficiently to persons who need to use this service, this new 
Order establishes several requirements on a temporary basis from March 
7, 2013, to September 3, 2013.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/05/13  78 FR 8090
Order (Interim Rule)................   02/05/13  78 FR 8032
Order...............................   02/05/13  78 FR 8030
Announcement of Effective Date......   03/07/13  78 FR 14701
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/12/13  .......................
R&O.................................   08/30/13  78 FR 53684
FNPRM...............................   09/03/13  78FR 54201
FNPRM Comment Period End............   11/18/13  .......................
Petition for Reconsideration Request   12/16/13  78 FR 76097
 for Comment.
Petiton for Reconsideration Comment    01/10/14  .......................
 Period End.
Announcement of Effective Date......   07/11/14  79 FR 40003
Announcement of Effective Date......   08/28/14  79 FR 51446
Correction--Announcement of            08/28/14  79 FR 51450
 Effective Date.
Technical Amendments................   09/09/14  79 FR 53303
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Eliot Greenwald, Deputy Chief, Disability Rights 
Office, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2235, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK01

[[Page 1987]]

408. Transition From TTY to Real-Time Text Technology (GN Docket No. 
15-178; CG Docket No. 1645)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111-260, sec. 106; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 
U.S.C. 225; 47 U.S.C. 255; 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 
303(r); 47 U.S.C. 316; 47 U.S.C. 403; 47 U.S.C. 615(c); 47 U.S.C. 616; 
47 U.S.C. 617
    Abstract: The Commission amended its rules to facilitate a 
transition from text telephone (TTY) technology to real-time text (RTT) 
as a reliable and interoperable universal text solution over wireless 
internet protocol (IP) enabled networks for people who are deaf, hard 
of hearing, deaf-blind, or have a speech disability. RTT, which allows 
text characters to be sent as they are being created, can be sent 
simultaneously with voice, and permits the use of off-the-shelf end 
user devices to make text telephone calls. The Commission also sought 
comment on the application of RTT to telecommunications relay services 
(TRS) and sought further comment on a sunset date for TTY support, as 
well as other matters pertaining to the deployment of RTT.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/25/16  81 FR 33170
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/25/16  .......................
FNPRM...............................   01/23/17  82 FR 7766
R&O.................................   01/23/17  82 FR 7699
Public Notice.......................   03/16/17  82 FR 13972
FNPRM Comment Period End............   03/24/17  .......................
Public Notice Comment Period End....   04/10/17  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael Scott, Attorney Advisor, Disability Rights 
Office, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1264, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK58

409.  Advanced Methods To Target and Eliminate Unlawful 
Robocalls; (CG Docket No. 17-59)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 U.S.C. 202; 47 U.S.C. 227; 47 
U.S.C. 251(e)
    Abstract: The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 restricts 
the use of robocalls autodialed or prerecorded calls in certain 
instances. In CG Docket No. 17-59, the Commission considers rules and 
policies aimed at eliminating unlawful robocalling. Among the issues it 
examines in this docket are whether to allow carriers to block calls 
that purport to be from unallocated or unassigned phone numbers through 
the use of spoofing; whether to allow carriers to block calls based on 
their own analyses of which calls are likely to be unlawful; and 
whether to establish a database of reassigned phone numbers to help 
prevent robocalls to consumers who did not consent to such calls.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM/NOI............................   05/17/17  82 FR 22625
2nd NOI.............................   07/13/17  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/31/17  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Josh Zeldis, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-0715, Email: [email protected].
    Karen Schroeder, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications 
Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-
0654, Email: [email protected].
    Jerusha Burnett, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications 
Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-
0526, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK62

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Office of Engineering and Technology

Long-Term Actions

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 302; 47 U.S.C. 303(e) 
and 303(f); 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 U.S.C. 307
    Abstract: The Commission adopted rules to allow unlicensed radio 
transmitters to operate in the broadcast television spectrum at 
locations where that spectrum is not being used by licensed services. 
(This unused TV spectrum is often termed ``white spaces.'') This action 
will make a significant amount of spectrum available for new and 
innovative products and services, including broadband data and other 
services for businesses and consumers. The actions taken are a 
conservative first step that includes many safeguards to prevent 
harmful interference to incumbent communications services. Moreover, 
the Commission will closely oversee the development and introduction of 
these devices to the market and will take whatever actions may be 
necessary to avoid, and if necessary, correct any interference that may 
occur. The Second Memorandum Opinion and Order finalizes rules to make 
the unused spectrum in the TV bands available for unlicensed broadband 
wireless devices. This particular spectrum has excellent propagation 
characteristics that allow signals to reach farther and penetrate walls 
and other structures. Access to this spectrum could enable more 
powerful public internet connections--super Wi-Fi hot spots--with 
extended range, fewer dead spots, and improved individual speeds as a 
result of reduced congestion on existing networks. This type of 
``opportunistic use'' of spectrum has great potential for enabling 
access to other spectrum bands and improving spectrum efficiency. The 
Commission's actions here are expected to spur investment and 
innovation in applications and devices that will be used not only in 
the TV band, but eventually in other frequency bands as well. This 
Order addressed five petitions for reconsideration of the Commission's 
decisions in the Second Memorandum Opinion and Order (``Second MO&O'') 
in this proceeding and modified rules in certain respects. In 
particular, the Commission: (1) Increased the maximum height above 
average terrain (HAAT) for sites where fixed devices may operate; (2) 
modified the adjacent channel emission limits to specify fixed rather 
than relative levels; and (3) slightly increased the maximum 
permissible power spectral density (PSD) for each category of TV bands 
device. These changes will result in decreased operating costs for 
fixed TVBDs and allow them to provide greater coverage, thus increasing 
the availability of wireless broadband services in rural and 
underserved areas without increasing the risk of interference to 
incumbent services. The Commission also revised and amended several of 
its rules to better effectuate the Commission's earlier decisions in 
this docket and to remove ambiguities.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/18/04  69 FR 34103
First R&O...........................   11/17/06  71 FR 66876
FNPRM...............................   11/17/06  71 FR 66897
R&O and MO&O........................   02/17/09  74 FR 7314
Petitions for Reconsideration.......   04/13/09  74 FR 16870
Second MO&O.........................   12/06/10  75 FR 75814
Petitions for Reconsideration.......   02/09/11  76 FR 7208
3rd MO&O and Order..................   05/17/12  77 FR 28236
Next Action Undetermined............
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    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: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AI52

411. Fixed and Mobile Services in the Mobile Satellite Service (ET 
Docket No. 10-142)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 301; 47 U.S.C. 303(c) and 
303(f); 47 U.S.C. 303(r) and 303(y); 47 U.S.C. 310
    Abstract: The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposed to take a 
number of actions to further the provision of terrestrial broadband 
services in the MSS bands. In the 2 GHz MSS band, the Commission 
proposed to add co-primary Fixed and Mobile allocations to the existing 
Mobile-Satellite allocation. This would lay the groundwork for 
providing additional flexibility in use of the 2 GHz spectrum in the 
future. The Commission also proposed to apply the terrestrial secondary 
market spectrum leasing rules and procedures to transactions involving 
terrestrial use of the MSS spectrum in the 2 GHz, Big LEO, and L-bands 
in order to create greater certainty and regulatory parity with bands 
licensed for terrestrial broadband service. The Commission also asked, 
in a notice of inquiry, about approaches for creating opportunities for 
full use of the 2 GHz band for standalone terrestrial uses. The 
Commission requested comment on ways to promote innovation and 
investment throughout the MSS bands while also ensuring market-wide 
mobile satellite capability to serve important needs like disaster 
recovery and rural access.
    In the Report and Order, the Commission amended its rules to make 
additional spectrum available for new investment in mobile broadband 
networks while also ensuring that the United States maintains robust 
mobile satellite service capabilities. First, the Commission adds co-
primary Fixed and Mobile allocations to the Mobile Satellite Service 
(MSS) 2 GHz band, consistent with the International Table of 
Allocations, allowing more flexible use of the band, including for 
terrestrial broadband services, in the future. Second, to create 
greater predictability and regulatory parity with the bands licensed 
for terrestrial mobile broadband service, the Commission extends its 
existing secondary market spectrum manager spectrum leasing policies, 
procedures, and rules that currently apply to wireless terrestrial 
services to terrestrial services provided using the Ancillary 
Terrestrial Component (ATC) of an MSS system. Petitions for 
Reconsideration have been filed in the Commission's rulemaking 
proceeding concerning Fixed and Mobile Services in the Mobile Satellite 
Service Bands at 1525-1559 MHz and 1626.5-1660.5 MHz, 1610-1626.5 MHz 
and 2483.5-2500 MHz, and 2000-2020 MHz and 2180-2200 MHz, and published 
pursuant to 47 CFR 1.429(e). See 1.4(b)(1) of the Commission's rules.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   08/16/10  75 FR 49871
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/15/10  .......................
Reply Comment Period End............   09/30/10  .......................
R&O.................................   05/31/11  76 FR 31252
Petitions for Reconsideration.......   08/10/11  76 FR 49364
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Nicholas Oros, Electronics Engineer, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-0636, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AJ46

412. Operation of Radar Systems in the 76-77 GHz Band (ET Docket No. 
11-90)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 to 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 
301 to 302; 47 U.S.C. 303(f)
    Abstract: The Commission proposed to amend its rules to enable 
enhanced vehicular radar technologies in the 76-77 GHz band to improve 
collision avoidance and driver safety. Vehicular radars can determine 
the exact distance and relative speed of objects in front of, beside, 
or behind a car to improve the driver's ability to perceive objects 
under bad visibility conditions or objects that are in blind spots. 
These modifications to the rules will provide more efficient use of 
spectrum, and enable the automotive and fixed radar application 
industries to develop enhanced safety measures for drivers and the 
general public. The Commission takes this action in response to 
petitions for rulemaking filed by Toyota Motor Corporation (``TMC'') 
and Era Systems Corporation (``Era''). The Report and Order amends the 
Commission's rules to provide a more efficient use of the 76-77 GHz 
band, and to enable the automotive and aviation industries to develop 
enhanced safety measures for drivers and the general public. 
Specifically, the Commission eliminated the in-motion and not-in-motion 
distinction for vehicular radars, and instead adopted new uniform 
emission limits for forward, side, and rear-looking vehicular radars. 
This will facilitate enhanced vehicular radar technologies to improve 
collision avoidance and driver safety. The Commission also amended its 
rules to allow the operation of fixed radars at airport locations in 
the 76-77 GHz band for purposes of detecting foreign object debris on 
runways and monitoring aircraft and service vehicles on taxiways and 
other airport vehicle service areas that have no public vehicle access. 
The Commission took this action in response to petitions for rulemaking 
filed by Toyota Motor Corporation (``TMC'') and Era Systems Corporation 
(``Era''). Petitions for Reconsideration were filed by Navtech Radar, 
Ltd. and Honeywell International Inc.
    Navtech Radar, Ltd. and Honeywell International, Inc., filed 
petitions for reconsideration in response to the Vehicular Radar R&O 
that modified the Commission's part 15 rules to permit vehicular radar 
technologies and airport-based fixed radar applications in the 76-77 
GHz band.
    The Commission denied Honeywell's petition. Section 1.429(b) of the 
Commission's rules provides three ways in which a petition for 
reconsideration can be granted, and none of these have been met. 
Honeywell has not shown that its petition relies on facts regarding 
fixed radar use which had not previously been presented to the 
Commission, nor does it show that its petition relies on facts that 
relate to events that changed since Honeywell had the last opportunity 
to present its facts regarding fixed radar use.
    The Commission stated in the Vehicular Radar R&O, ``that no parties 
have come forward to support fixed

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radar applications beyond airport locations in this band,'' and it 
decided not to adopt provisions for unlicensed fixed radar use other 
than those for FOD detection applications at airport locations. Because 
Navtech first participated in the proceeding when it filed its petition 
well after the decision was published, its petition fails to meet the 
timeliness standard of section 1.429(d).
    In connection with the Commission's decision to deny the petitions 
for reconsideration discussed above, the Commission terminates ET 
Docket Nos. 10-28 and 11-90 (pertaining to vehicular radar).
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   06/16/11  76 FR 35176
R&O.................................   08/13/12  77 FR 48097
Petition for Reconconsideration.....   11/11/12  77 FR 68722
Reconsideration Order...............   03/06/15  80 FR 12120
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Aamer Zain, Federal Communications Commission, 445 
12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2437, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AJ68

413. Federal Earth Stations--Non-Federal Fixed Satellite Service Space 
Stations; Spectrum for Non-Federal Space Launch Operations; ET Docket 
No. 13-115

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 302(a); 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 
U.S.C. 336
    Abstract: The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes to make 
spectrum allocation proposals for three different space-related 
purposes. The Commission makes two alternative proposals to modify the 
Allocation Table to provide interference protection for Fixed-Satellite 
Service (FSS) and Mobile-Satellite Service (MSS) earth stations 
operated by Federal agencies under authorizations granted by the 
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in 
certain frequency bands. The Commission also proposes to amend a 
footnote to the Allocation Table to permit a Federal MSS system to 
operate in the 399.9 to 400.05 MHz band; it also makes alternative 
proposals to modify the Allocation Table to provide access to spectrum 
on an interference protected basis to Commission licensees for use 
during the launch of launch vehicles (i.e. rockets). The Commission 
also seeks comment broadly on the future spectrum needs of the 
commercial space sector. The Commission expects that, if adopted, these 
proposals would advance the commercial space industry and the important 
role it will play in our Nation's economy and technological innovation 
now and in the future.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/01/13  78 FR 39200
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Nicholas Oros, Electronics Engineer, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-0636, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK09

414. Authorization of Radiofrequency Equipment; ET Docket No. 13-44

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 157(a); 
47 U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 303(f); 47 U.S.C. 303(g); 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 
U.S.C. 307(e); 47 U.S.C. 332
    Abstract: The Commission is responsible for an equipment 
authorization program for radiofrequency (RF) devices under part 2 of 
its rules. This program is one of the primary means that the Commission 
uses to ensure that the multitude of RF devices used in the United 
States operate effectively without causing harmful interference and 
otherwise comply with the Commission rules. All RF devices subject to 
equipment authorization must comply with the Commission's technical 
requirement before they can be imported or marketed. The Commission or 
a Telecommunication Certification Body (TCB) must approve some of these 
devices before they can be imported or marketed, while others do not 
require such approval. The Commission last comprehensively reviewed its 
equipment authorization program more than 10 years ago. The rapid 
innovation in equipment design since that time has led to ever-
accelerating growth in the number of parties applying for equipment 
approval. The Commission therefore believes that the time is now right 
for us to comprehensively review our equipment authorization processes 
to ensure that they continue to enable this growth and innovation in 
the wireless equipment market. In May of 2012, the Commission began 
this reform process by issuing an Order to increase the supply of 
available grantee codes. With this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 
(NPRM), the Commission continues its work to review and reform the 
equipment authorization processes and rules. This Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking proposes certain changes to the Commission's part 2 
equipment authorization processes to ensure that they continue to 
operate efficiently and effectively. In particular, it addresses the 
role of TCBs in certifying RF equipment and post-market surveillance, 
as well as the Commission's role in assessing TCB performance. The NPRM 
also addressed the role of test laboratories in the RF equipment 
approval process, including accreditation of test labs and the 
Commission's recognition of laboratory accreditation bodies, and 
measurement procedures used to determine RF equipment compliance. 
Finally, it proposes certain modifications to the rules regarding TCBs 
that approve terminal equipment under part 68 of the rules that are 
consistent with our proposed modifications to the rules for TCBs that 
approve RF equipment. Specifically, the Commission proposes to 
recognize the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) as 
the organization that designates TCBs in the United States and to 
modify the rules to reference the current International Organization 
for Standardization and International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/
IEC) guides used to accredit TCBs.
    This Report and Order updates the Commission's radiofrequency (RF) 
equipment authorization program to build on the success realized by its 
use of Commission-recognized Telecommunications Certification Bodies 
(TCBs). The rules the Commission is adopting will facilitate the 
continued rapid introduction of new and innovative products to the 
market while ensuring that these products do not cause harmful 
interference to each other or to other communications devices and 
services.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/03/13  78 FR 25916
R&O.................................   06/12/15  80 FR 33425
Memorandum, Opinion & Order.........   06/29/16  81 FR 42264

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Next Action Undetermined............
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    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: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK10

415. Operation of Radar Systems in the 76-77 GHz Band (ET Docket No. 
15-26)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 1; 47 U.S.C. 4(i); 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 
U.S.C. 302; 47 U.S.C. 303(f); 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 U.S.C. 332; 47 
U.S.C. 337
    Abstract: The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes to authorize 
radar applications in the 76-81 GHz band. The Commission seeks to 
develop a flexible and streamlined regulatory framework that will 
encourage efficient, innovative uses of the spectrum and to allow 
various services to operate on an interference-protected basis. In 
doing so, it further seeks to adopt service rules that will allow for 
the deployment of the various radar applications in this band, both 
within and outside the U.S. The Commission takes this action in 
response to a petition for rulemaking filed by Robert Bosch, LLC 
(Bosch) and two petitions for reconsideration of the 2012 Vehicular 
Radar R&O.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/06/15  80 FR 12120
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/06/15  .......................
NPRM Reply Comment Period End.......   04/20/15  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Aamer Zain, Federal Communications Commission, 445 
12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2437, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK29

416. Spectrum Access for Wireless Microphone Operations (GN Docket Nos. 
14-166 and 12-268)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 157(a); 
47 U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 303(f); 47 U.S.C. 303(g); 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 
U.S.C. 307(e); 47 U.S.C. 332
    Abstract: The Notice of Proposed Rule Making initiated a proceeding 
to address how to accommodate the long-term needs of wireless 
microphone users. Wireless microphones play an important role in 
enabling broadcasters and other video programming networks to serve 
consumers, including as they cover breaking news and broadcast live 
sports events. They enhance event productions in a variety of settings 
including theaters and music venues, film studios, conventions, 
corporate events, houses of worship, and internet webcasts. They also 
help create high quality content that consumers demand and value. 
Recent actions by the Commission, and in particular the repurposing of 
broadcast television band spectrum for wireless services set forth in 
the Incentive Auction R&O, will significantly alter the regulatory 
environment in which wireless microphones operate, which necessitates 
our addressing how to accommodate wireless microphone users in the 
future.
    In the Report and Order, the Commission takes several steps to 
accommodate the long-term needs of wireless microphone users. Wireless 
microphones play an important role in enabling broadcasters and other 
video programming networks to serve consumers, including as they cover 
breaking news and live sports events. They enhance event productions in 
a variety of settings including theaters and music venues, film 
studios, conventions, corporate events, houses of worship, and internet 
webcasts. They also help create high quality content that consumers 
demand and value. In particular, the Commission provide additional 
opportunities for wireless microphone operations in the TV bands 
following the upcoming incentive auction, and the Commission provide 
new opportunities for wireless microphone operations to access spectrum 
in other frequency bands where they can share use of the bands without 
harming existing users.
    In the Order on Reconsideration, we address the four petitions for 
reconsideration of the Wireless Microphones R&O concerning licensed 
wireless microphone operations in the TV bands, the 600 MHz duplex 
gap,'' and several other frequency bands, as well as three petitions 
for reconsideration of the TV Bands Part 15 R&O concerning unlicensed 
wireless microphone operations in the TV bands, the 600 MHz guard bands 
and duplex gap, and the 600 MHz service band. Because these petitions 
involve several overlapping technical and operational issues concerning 
wireless microphones, we consolidate our consideration of them in this 
one order.
    In the Further Notice, we propose to permit certain professional 
theater, music, performing arts, or similar organizations that operate 
wireless microphones on an unlicensed basis and that meet certain 
criteria to obtain a Part 74 license to operate in the TV bands (and 
the 600 MHz service band during the post-auction transition period), 
thereby allowing them to register in the white spaces databases for 
interference protection from unlicensed white space devices at venues 
where their events/productions are performed. In addition, we propose 
to permit these same users, based on demonstrated need, also to obtain 
a Part 74 license to operate on other bands available for use by Part 
74 wireless microphone licensees provided that they meet the applicable 
requirements for operating in those bands.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/21/14  79 FR 69387
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/05/15  .......................
NPRM Reply Comment Period End.......   01/26/15  .......................
R&O.................................   11/17/15  80 FR 71702
FNPRM...............................   09/01/17  82 FR 41583
Order on Recon......................   09/01/17  82 FR 41549
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Paul Murray, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, Office of Engineering and Technology, 445 
12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0688, Fax: 202 
418-7447, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK30

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

International Bureau

Final Rule Stage

417. Comprehensive Review of Licensing and Operating Rules for 
Satellite Services (IB Docket No. 12-267)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 157(a); 47 U.S.C. 161; 
47 U.S.C. 303(c); 47 U.S.C. 303(g); 47 U.S.C. 303(r)

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    Abstract: The Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 
(NPRM) to initiate a comprehensive review of part 25 of the 
Commission's rules, which governs the licensing and operation of space 
stations and earth stations. The Commission proposed amendments to 
modernize the rules to better reflect evolving technology, to eliminate 
unnecessary technical and information filing requirements, and to 
reorganize and simplify existing requirements. In the ensuing Report 
and Order, the Commission adopted most of its proposed changes and 
revised more than 150 rule provisions. Several proposals raised by 
commenters in the proceeding, however, were not within the scope of the 
original NPRM. To address these and other issues, the Commission 
released a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM). The FNPRM 
proposed additional rule changes to facilitate international 
coordination of proposed satellite networks, to revise system 
implementation milestones and the associated bond, and to expand the 
applicability of routine licensing standards. Following the FNPRM, the 
Commission issued a Second Report and Order adopting most of its 
proposals in the FNPNRM. Among other changes, the Commission 
established a two-step licensing procedure for most geostationary 
satellite applicants to facilitate international coordination, 
simplified the satellite development milestones, adopted an escalating 
bond requirement to discourage speculation, and refined the two-degree 
orbital spacing policy for most geostationary satellites to protect 
existing services. In addition, in May 2016, the International Bureau 
published a Public Notice inviting comment on the appropriate 
implementation schedule for a Carrier Identification requirement 
adopted in the first Report and Order in this proceeding. In July 2017, 
the Commission adopted a waiver of the Carrier Identification 
requirement for certain earth stations that cannot be suitably 
upgraded.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/08/12  77 FR 67172
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/13/13  .......................
Report and Order....................   02/12/14  79 FR 8308
FNPRM...............................   10/31/14  79 FR 65106
FNPRM Comment Period End............   03/02/15  .......................
Public Notice.......................   05/31/16  81 FR 34301
2nd R&O.............................   08/18/16  81 FR 55316
Order on Recon......................   12/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Clay DeCell, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-0803, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AJ98

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

International Bureau

Long-Term Actions

418. International Settlements Policy Reform (IB Docket No. 11-80)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 to 152; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 201 
to 205; 47 U.S.C. 208; 47 U.S.C. 211; 47 U.S.C. 214; 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 
47 U.S.C. 309; 47 U.S.C. 403
    Abstract: The FCC is reviewing the International Settlements Policy 
(ISP). It governs how U.S. carriers negotiate with foreign carriers for 
the exchange of international traffic, and is the structure by which 
the Commission has sought to respond to concerns that foreign carriers 
with market power are able to take advantage of the presence of 
multiple U.S. carriers serving a particular market. In 2011, the FCC 
released an NPRM which proposed to further deregulate the international 
telephony market and enable U.S. consumers to enjoy competitive prices 
when they make calls to international destinations. First, it proposed 
to remove the ISP from all international routes, except Cuba. Second, 
the FCC sought comment on a proposal to enable the Commission to better 
protect U.S. consumers from the effects of anticompetitive conduct by 
foreign carriers in instances necessitating Commission intervention. In 
2012, the FCC adopted a Report and Order which eliminated the ISP on 
all routes, but maintained the nondiscrimination requirement of the ISP 
on the U.S.-Cuba route and codified it at 47 CFR 63.22(f). In the 
Report and Order the FCC also adopted measures to protect U.S. 
consumers from anticompetitive conduct by foreign carriers. In 2016, 
the FCC released an FNPRM seeking comment on removing the 
discrimination requirement on the U.S.-Cuba route.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/13/11  76 FR 42625
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/02/11  .......................
Report and Order....................   02/15/13  78 FR 11109
FNPRM...............................   03/04/16  81 FR 11500
FNPRM Comment Period End............   04/18/16  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: David Krech, Assoc. Chief, Telecommunications & 
Analysis Division, Federal Communications Commission, International 
Bureau, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7443, 
Fax: 202 418-2824, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AJ77

419. Expanding Broadband and Innovation Through Air-Ground Mobile 
Broadband Secondary Service for Passengers Aboard Aircraft in the 14.0-
14.5 GHz Band; GN Docket No. 13-114

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 to 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 
301 to 303; 47 U.S.C. 324
    Abstract: In this docket, the Commission establishes a secondary 
allocation for the Aeronautical Mobile Service in the 14.0-14.5 GHz 
band and establishes service, technical, and licensing rules for air-
ground mobile broadband. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking requests 
public comment on a secondary allocation and service, technical, and 
licensing rules for air-ground mobile broadband.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM (Release Date).................   05/09/13  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Sean O'More, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, International Bureau, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2453, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK02

420. Update to Parts 2 and 25 Concerning Nongeostationary, Fixed-
Satellite Service Systems and Related Matters; IB Docket No. I6-408

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 316

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    Abstract: On January 11, 2017, the Commission began a rulemaking to 
update its rules and policies concerning non-geostationary-satellite 
orbit (NGSO), fixed-satellite service (FSS) systems and related 
matters. The proposed changes would, among other things, provide for 
more flexible use of the 17.8-20.2 GHz bands for FSS, promote shared 
use of spectrum among NGSO FSS satellite systems, and remove 
unnecessary design restrictions on NGSO FSS systems.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/11/17  82 FR 3258
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/10/17  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Clay DeCell, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-0803, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK59

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

International Bureau

Completed Actions

421. Establishment of Policies and Service Rules for the 17/24 GHz 
Broadcasting Satellite Service (IB Docket No. 06-123)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 4; 47 U.S.C. 154
    Abstract: The Commission proposes application processing and 
service rules for the 17/24 GHz Broadcasting Satellite Service (BSS). 
The Commission proposes and/or seeks comment on a number of issues, 
including: Licensing procedures, posting of performance bonds, 
milestone schedules, limits on pending applications, annual reporting, 
license terms, replacement satellites, access to the U.S. market from 
non-U.S. satellites; public interest obligations, copyright and 
broadcast carriage, equal employment opportunity, geographic service 
coverage, and emergency alert system participation; also use of 
internationally allocated spectrum by receiving stations located 
outside the United States; orbital spacing and antenna performance 
standards; technical requirements for intra-service sharing; other 
technical requirements, such as reverse band operations, tracking, 
telemetry, and command operations, polarization, and full frequency re-
use requirements; and technical requirements for inter-service sharing 
in the 17 and 24 GHz bands.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/02/06  71 FR 43687
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/16/06  .......................
R&O and FNPRM.......................   05/04/07  72 FR 50000
Order on Reconsideration............   09/28/07  72 FR 60272
Order on Reconsideration............   03/16/11  76 FR 14297
R&O.................................   06/14/11  76 FR 50425
Public Notice.......................   10/26/15  80 FR 65174
Comment Period End..................   12/11/15  .......................
R&O.................................   04/25/17  82 FR 37027
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Stephen Duall, Chief, Satellite Policy Branch, 
Federal Communications Commission, International Bureau, 445 12th 
Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1103, Fax: 202 418-
0748, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AI84

422. Terrestrial Use of the 2473-2495 MHz Band for Low-Power Mobile 
Broadband Networks; Amendments to Rules of Mobile Satellite Service 
System; IB Docket No. 13-213

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 157(a); 47 U.S.C. 
302(a); 47 U.S.C. 303(c); 47 U.S.C. 303(e); 47 U.S.C. 303(f); 47 U.S.C. 
303(g); 47 U.S.C. 303(j); 47 U.S.C. 303(r)
    Abstract: In this docket, the Commission proposes modified rules 
for the operation of the Ancillary Terrestrial Component of the single 
Mobile-Satellite Service system operating in the Big GEO S band. The 
changes would allow Globalstar, Inc. to deploy a low-power broadband 
network using its licensed spectrum at 2483.5-2495 MHz under certain 
limited technical criteria, and with the same equipment, utilize 
spectrum in the adjacent 2473-2483.5 MHz band, pursuant to technical 
rules for unlicensed operations in that band.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/19/14  79 FR 9445
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/05/14  .......................
R&O.................................   01/31/17  82 FR 8814
Withdrawn Deferred Portion of          08/08/17  .......................
 Rulemaking.
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Stephen Duall, Chief, Satellite Policy Branch, 
Federal Communications Commission, International Bureau, 445 12th 
Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1103, Fax: 202 418-
0748, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK16

423. Review of Foreign Ownership Policies for Broadcast, Common Carrier 
and Aeronautical Radio Licensees Under Section 310(b)(4) of the 
Communications Act of 1934, as Amended (Docket No. 15-236)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 to 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 
154(j); 47 U.S.C. 211; 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 U.S.C. 309 to 310; 47 
U.S.C. 403
    Abstract: The FCC extended its foreign ownership rules and 
procedures that apply to common carrier licensees to broadcast 
licensees, with certain modifications to tailor them to the broadcast 
context. The FCC also revised the methodology a licensee should use to 
assess its compliance with the 25 percent foreign ownership benchmark 
in section 310(b)(4) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, in 
order to reduce regulatory burdens on applicants and licensees. 
Finally, the FCC clarified and updated existing foreign ownership 
policies and procedures for broadcast, common carrier and aeronautical 
licensees. Notice of a petition for reconsideration of the proceeding 
was published in the Federal Register on February 1, 2017.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/06/15  80 FR 68815
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/20/16  .......................
R&O.................................   12/01/16  81 FR 86586
R&O PRA.............................   12/29/16  81 FR 95993
Petition for Recon..................   02/01/17  82 FR 8907
Technical Amendment.................   03/06/17  82 FR 12512
PRA Notice..........................   03/06/17  82 FR 12592
Order on Recon......................   07/13/17  82 FR 32260
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kimberly Cook, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554,

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Phone: 202 418-7532, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK47

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Media Bureau

Long-Term Actions

424. Broadcast Ownership Rules

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 152(a); 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 
47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 307; 47 U.S.C. 309 and 310
    Abstract: Section 202(h) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 
requires the Commission to review its ownership rules every four years 
and determine whether any such rules are necessary in the public 
interest as the result of competition. Accordingly, every four years, 
the Commission undertakes 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 last review undertaken was the 2014 review. The 
Commission incorporated the record of the 2010 review, and sought 
additional data on market conditions and competitive indicators. The 
Commission also sought comment on whether to eliminate restrictions on 
newspaper/radio combined ownership and whether to eliminate the radio/
television cross-ownership rule in favor of reliance on the local radio 
rule and the local television rule. Ultimately, the Commission retained 
the existing rules with modifications to account for the digital 
television transition. Petitions for reconsideration are pending.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/05/01  66 FR 50991
R&O.................................   08/05/03  68 FR 46286
Public Notice.......................   02/19/04  69 FR 9216
FNPRM...............................   08/09/06  71 FR 4511
Second FNPRM........................   08/08/07  72 FR 44539
R&O and Order on Reconsideration....   02/21/08  73 FR 9481
Notice of Inquiry...................   06/11/10  75 FR 33227
NPRM................................   01/19/12  77 FR 2868
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/19/12  .......................
FNPRM...............................   05/20/14  79 FR 29010
2nd R&O.............................   11/01/16  81 FR 76220
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Brendan Holland, Chief, Industry Analysis Division, 
Media Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2757, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AH97

425. Establishment of Rules for Digital Low-Power Television, 
Television Translator, and Television Booster Stations (MB Docket No. 
03-185)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 309; 47 U.S.C. 336
    Abstract: This proceeding initiated 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. The Second 
Report and Order takes steps to resolve the remaining issues in order 
to complete the low-power television digital transition. The third 
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks comment on a number of issues 
related to the potential impact of the incentive auction and the 
repacking process.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/26/03  68 FR 55566
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/25/03  .......................
R&O.................................   11/29/04  69 FR 69325
FNPRM and MO&O......................   10/18/10  75 FR 63766
2nd R&O.............................   07/07/11  76 FR 44821
3rd NPRM............................   11/28/14  79 FR 70824
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/29/14  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/29/14  .......................
NPRM Reply Comment Period End.......   01/12/15  .......................
3rd R&O.............................   02/01/16  81 FR 5041
4th NPRM............................   02/01/16  81 FR 5086
Comment Period End..................   02/22/16  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Shaun Maher, Attorney, Video Division, Federal 
Communications Commission, Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2324, Fax: 202 418-2827, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AI38

426. Promoting Diversification of Ownership in the Broadcast Services 
(MB Docket No. 07-294)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 152(a); 47 U.S.C. 154(i) 
and (j); 47 U.S.C. 257; 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 U.S.C. 307 to 310; 47 
U.S.C. 336; 47 U.S.C. 534 and 535
    Abstract: Diversity and competition are longstanding and important 
Commission goals. The measures proposed, as well as those adopted in 
this proceeding, are intended to promote diversity of ownership of 
media outlets. In the Report and Order and Third FNPRM, measures are 
enacted to increase participation in the broadcasting industry by new 
entrants and small businesses, including minority- and women-owned 
businesses. In the Report and Order and Fourth FNPRM, the Commission 
adopts improvements to its data collection in order to obtain an 
accurate and comprehensive assessment of minority and female broadcast 
ownership in the United States. The Memorandum Opinion and Order 
addressed petitions for reconsideration of the rules, and also sought 
comment on a proposal to expand the reporting requirements to non-
attributable interests. In 2016, the Commission made improvements to 
the collection of data reported on Forms 323 and 323-E. On 
reconsideration in 2017, the Commission provided NCE filers with 
alternative means to file required Form 323-E without submitting 
personal information.
    Pursuant to a remand from the Third Circuit, the measures adopted 
in the 2009 Diversity Order were put forth for comment in the NPRM for 
the 2010 review of the Commission's Broadcast Ownership rules. The 
Commission sought additional comment in 2014. The Commission addressed 
the remand in the 2016 Second Report and Order in the Broadcast 
Ownership proceeding. The Commission developed a revenue-based 
definition of eligible entity in order to promote small business 
participation in the broadcast industry. The Commission failed to adopt 
a race or gender conscious eligible entity standard. The Commission 
found the record was not sufficient to satisfy the constitutional 
standards to adopt race or gender conscious measures.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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R&O.................................   05/16/08  73 FR 28361
Third FNPRM.........................   05/16/08  73 FR 28400
R&O.................................   05/27/09  74 FR 25163
Fourth FNPRM........................   05/27/09  74 FR 25305
MO&O................................   10/30/09  74 FR 56131
NPRM................................   01/19/12  77 FR 2868
5th NPRM............................   01/15/13  78 FR 2934
6th FNPRM...........................   01/15/13  78 FR 2925
FNPRM...............................   05/20/14  79 FR 29010
7th FNPRM...........................   02/26/15  80 FR 10442
Comment Period End..................   03/30/15  .......................
Reply Comment Period End............   04/30/15  .......................
R&O.................................   04/04/16  81 FR 19432
2nd R&O.............................   11/01/16  81 FR 76220
Order on Recon......................   05/10/17  82 FR 21718
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Brendan Holland, Chief, Industry Analysis Division, 
Media Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2757, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AJ27

427. Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video 
Programming: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications 
and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (MB Docket No. 11-154)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 154(j); 47 U.S.C. 303; 
47 U.S.C. 330(b); 47 U.S.C. 613; 47 U.S.C. 617
    Abstract: Pursuant to the Commission's responsibilities under the 
Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 
2010, this proceeding was initiated to adopt rules to govern the closed 
captioning requirements for the owners, providers, and distributors of 
video programming delivered using internet protocol.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/28/11  76 FR 59963
R&O.................................   03/20/12  77 FR 19480
Order on Recon, FNPRM...............   07/02/13  78 FR 39691
2nd Order on Recon..................   08/05/14  79 FR 45354
2nd FNPRM...........................   08/05/14  79 FR 45397
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Maria Mullarkey, Attorney, Policy Division, Media 
Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1067, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AJ67

428. Noncommercial Educational Station Fundraising for Third-Party 
Nonprofit Organizations (MB Docket No. 12-106)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 
47 U.S.C. 399(b)
    Abstract: The proceeding initiated to analyze the Commission's 
longstanding policy prohibiting noncommercial educational (NCE) 
broadcast stations from conducting on-air fundraising activities that 
interrupt regular programming for the benefit of third-party nonprofit 
organizations. In the Report and Order, the Commission revised its 
rules to allow NCEs to conduct on-air fundraising. The Commission 
determined limited on-air fundraising will serve the public interest by 
enabling NCE stations to support charities and other non-profit 
organizations in their fundraising efforts for worthy causes without 
undermining the non-commercial nature of NCE stations.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/22/12  77 FR 37638
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/23/12  .......................
R&O.................................   05/05/17  82 FR 21127
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kathy Berthot, Attorney, Policy Division Media 
Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2120, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AJ79

429. Accessibility of User Interfaces and Video Programming Guides and 
Menus (MB Docket No. 12-108)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 
47 U.S.C. 303(aa); 47 U.S.C. 303(bb)
    Abstract: This proceeding was initiated to implement sections 204 
and 205 of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video 
Accessibility Act. These sections generally require that user 
interfaces on digital apparatus and navigation devices used to view 
video programming be accessible to, and usable by, individuals who are 
blind or visually impaired.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/18/13  78 FR 36478
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/15/13  .......................
R&O.................................   12/20/13  78 FR 77210
FNPRM...............................   12/20/13  78 FR 77074
2nd FNPRM...........................   02/04/16  81 FR 5971
2nd R&O.............................   02/04/16  81 FR 5921
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Maria Mullarkey, Attorney, Policy Division, Media 
Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1067, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK11

430. Channel Sharing by Full Power and Class A Stations Outside of the 
Incentive Auction Context (MB Docket No. 15-137)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 301; 47 
U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 307 to 310; 47 U.S.C. 316; 47 U.S.C. 319; 47 
U.S.C. 338; 47 U.S.C. 403; 47 U.S.C. 614 to 615
    Abstract: In this proceeding, the Commission establishes rules to 
enable full power and Class A television stations to share a channel 
with another licensee outside of the incentive auction context. The 
Commission also adopted rules to allow all low power TV and TV 
translator stations to share a channel with another secondary station 
or with a full power Class A station.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/14/15  80 FR 40957
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/13/15  .......................
NPRM Reply Comment Period End.......   08/28/15  .......................
1st Order on Recon..................   11/02/15  80 FR 67337
2nd Order on Recon..................   11/12/15  80 FR 67344
R&O.................................   04/18/17  82 FR 18240
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Shaun Maher, Attorney, Video Division, Federal 
Communications Commission, Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-

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2324, Fax: 202 418-2827, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK42

431. Authorizing Permissive Use of the ``Next Generation'' Broadcast 
Television Standard (GN Docket No. 16-142)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 157; 47 
U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 307; 47 U.S.C. 308; 47 U.S.C. 309; 
47 U.S.C. 316; 47 U.S.C. 319; 47 U.S.C. 325(b); 47 U.S.C. 336; 47 
U.S.C. 399(b); 47 U.S.C. 403; 47 U.S.C. 534; 47 U.S.C. 535
    Abstract: In this proceeding, the Commission proposes to authorize 
television broadcasters to use the ``Next Generation'' ATSC 3.0 
broadcast television transmission standard on a voluntary, market-
driven basis, while they continue to deliver current-generation digital 
television broadcast service to their viewers. The Commission seeks to 
adopt rules that will afford broadcasters flexibility to deploy ATSC 
3.0-based transmissions, while minimizing the impact on, and costs to, 
consumers and other industry stakeholders.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/10/17  82 FR 13285
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/09/17  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............
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    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: 202 418-7142, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK56

432.  Elimination of Main Studio Rule; (MB Docket No. 17-106)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 154(j); 47 U.S.C. 303; 
47 U.S.C. 307(b); 47 U.S.C. 336(f)
    Abstract: In this proceeding, the Commission proposes to eliminate 
its rule requiring each AM, FM, and television broadcast station to 
maintain a main studio located in or near its community of license.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/02/17  82 FR 25590
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/03/17
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Diana Sokolow, Attorney, Policy Division, Federal 
Communications Commission, Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2120, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK61

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Office of Managing Director

Long-Term Actions

433.  Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal 
Year 2017; MD Docket No. 17-134

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 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:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/06/17  82 FR 26019
R&O.................................   09/22/17  82 FR 44322
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roland Helvajian, Office of the Managing Director, 
Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 
20554, Phone: 202 418-0444, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK64

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau

Long-Term Actions

434. Enhanced 911 Services for Wireline and Multi-Line Telephone 
Systems; PS Docket Nos. 10-255 and 07-114

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 
U.S.C. 222; 47 U.S.C. 251
    Abstract: The policies set forth in the Report and Order will 
assist State governments in drafting legislation that will ensure that 
multi-line telephone systems are compatible with the enhanced 911 
network. The public notice seeks comment on whether the Commission, 
rather than States, should regulate multiline telephone systems and 
whether part 68 of the Commission's rules should be revised.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/11/94  59 FR 54878
FNPRM...............................   01/23/03  68 FR 3214
Second FNPRM........................   02/11/04  69 FR 6595
R&O.................................   02/11/04  69 FR 6578
Public Notice.......................   01/13/05  70 FR 2405
Comment Period End..................   03/29/05  .......................
NOI.................................   01/13/11  76 FR 2297
NOI Comment Period End..............   03/14/11  .......................
Public Notice (Release Date)........   05/21/12  .......................
Public Notice Comment Period End....   08/06/12
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Timothy May, Public Safety and Homeland Security 
Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1463, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AG60

435. Commission Rules Concerning Disruptions to Communications (PS 
Docket No. 11-82)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 155; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 
U.S.C. 251
    Abstract: The 2004 Report and Order extended the Commission's 
outage reporting requirements to non-wireline carriers and streamlined 
reporting through a new electronic template. A

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Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the unique 
communications needs of airports also remains pending. The 2012 Report 
and Order extended the Commission's outage reporting requirements to 
interconnected Voice over internet Protocol (VOIP) services where there 
is a complete loss of connectivity that has the potential to affect at 
least 900,000 user minutes. Interconnected VoIP services providers must 
now file outage reports through the same electronic mechanism as 
providers of other services. The Commission indicated that the 
technical issues involved in identifying and reporting significant 
outages of broadband internet services require further study. In May 
2016, the Commission released a Report and Order, FNPRM, and Order on 
Reconsideration (see also dockets 04-35 and 15-80). The FNPRM proposed 
rules to extend part 4 outage reporting to broadband services. Comments 
and replies were received by the Commission in August and September 
2016.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/26/04  69 FR 15761
FNPRM...............................   11/26/04  69 FR 68859
R&O.................................   12/03/04  69 FR 70316
Announcement of Effective Date and     12/30/04  69 FR 78338
 Partial Stay.
Petition for Reconsideration........   02/15/05  70 FR 7737
Amendment of Delegated Authority....   02/21/08  73 FR 9462
Public Notice.......................   08/02/10  .......................
NPRM................................   06/09/11  76 FR 33686
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/08/11  .......................
R&O.................................   04/27/12  77 FR 25088
Final Rule; Correction..............   01/30/13  78 FR 6216
R&O.................................   07/12/16  81 FR 45055
FNPRM...............................   07/12/16  81 FR 45095
FNPRM Comment Period End............   09/12/16  .......................
Announcement of effective date for     06/22/17  82 FR 28410
 rule changes in R&O.
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Brenda Villanueva, Attorney Advisor, Public Safety 
and Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 
12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7005, Email: 
[email protected]fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AI22

436. E911 Requirements for IP-Enabled Service Providers (Dockets Nos. 
GN 11-117, PS 07-114, WC 05-196, WC 04-36)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 154(j); 47 
U.S.C. 251(e); 47 U.S.C. 303(r)
    Abstract: In this proceeding, the Commission adopted E911 
requirements for interconnected Voice over internet Protocol (VoIP) 
service providers. The pending notices seek comment on what additional 
steps the Commission should take to ensure that VoIP providers 
interconnecting with the public switched telephone network, provide 
ubiquitous and reliable enhanced 911 service.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/29/04  69 FR 16193
NPRM................................   06/29/05  70 FR 37307
R&O.................................   06/29/05  70 FR 37273
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/12/05  .......................
NPRM................................   06/20/07  72 FR 33948
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/18/07  .......................
FNPRM, NOI..........................   11/02/10  75 FR 67321
Order, Extension of Comment Period..   01/07/11  76 FR 1126
Comment Period End..................   02/18/11  .......................
2nd FNPRM, NPRM.....................   08/04/11  76 FR 47114
2nd FNPRM, NPRM Comment Period End..   11/02/11  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Timothy May, Public Safety and Homeland Security 
Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1463, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AI62

437. Wireless E911 Location Accuracy Requirements; PS Docket No. 07-114

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 332
    Abstract: This is related to the proceedings in which the FCC has 
previously acted to improve the quality of all emergency services. 
Wireless carriers must provide specific automatic location information 
in connection with 911 emergency calls to Public Safety Answering 
Points (PSAPs). Wireless licensees must satisfy Enhanced 911 location 
accuracy standards at either a county-based or a PSAP-based geographic 
level.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/20/07  72 FR 33948
R&O.................................   02/14/08  73 FR 8617
Public Notice.......................   09/25/08  73 FR 55473
FNPRM; NOI..........................   11/02/10  75 FR 67321
Public Notice.......................   11/18/09  74 FR 59539
2nd R&O.............................   11/18/10  75 FR 70604
Second NPRM.........................   08/04/11  76 FR 47114
Second NPRM Comment Period End......   11/02/11  .......................
Final Rule..........................   04/28/11  76 FR 23713
NPRM, 3rd R&O, and 2nd FNPRM........   09/28/11  76 FR 59916
3rd FNPRM...........................   03/28/14  79 FR 17820
Order Extending Comment Period......   06/10/14  79 FR 33163
3rd FNPRM Comment Period End........   07/14/14  .......................
Public Notice (Release Date)........   11/20/14  .......................
Public Notice Comment Period End....   12/17/14  .......................
4th R&O.............................   03/04/15  80 FR 11806
Final Rule..........................   08/03/15  80 FR 45897
Order granting waiver...............   07/10/17
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Timothy May, Public Safety and Homeland Security 
Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1463, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AJ52

438. Proposed Amendments to Service Rules Governing Public Safety 
Narrowband Operations in the 769-775 and 799-805 MHZ Bands; PS Docket 
No. 13-87

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 160; 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 
U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 337(a); 47 U.S.C. 403
    Abstract: This proceeding seeks to amend the Commission's rules to 
promote spectrum efficiency, interoperability, and flexibility in 700 
MHz public safety narrowband operations (769-775 and 799-805 MHz).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/19/13  78 FR 23529
Final Rule..........................   12/20/14  79 FR 71321

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Final Rule Effective................   01/02/15  .......................
FNPRM...............................   09/29/16  81 FR 65984
Order on Recon......................   09/29/16  81 FR 66830
Next Action Undetermined............
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    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: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK19

439. Improving Outage Reporting for Submarine Cables and Enhancing 
Submarine Cable Outage Data; GN Docket No. 15-206

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 34 to 39; 
47 U.S.C. 301
    Abstract: This proceeding takes steps toward assuring the 
reliability and resiliency of submarine cables, a critical piece of the 
Nation's communications infrastructure, by proposing to require 
submarine cable licensees to report to the Commission when outages 
occur and communications are disrupted. The Commission's intent is to 
enhance national security and emergency preparedness by these actions.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM (Release Date).................   09/17/15  .......................
R&O.................................   06/24/16  81 FR 52354
Petitions for Recon.................   09/08/16  .......................
Petitions for Recon--Public Comment.   10/31/16  81 FR 75368
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Peter Shroyer, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, Public Safety Homeland Security Bureau, 445 
12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 201 418-1575, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK39

440. Amendments to Part 4 of the Commission's Rules Concerning 
Disruptions to Communications; PS Docket No. 15-80

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 CFR 0; 47 CFR 4; 47 CFR 63
    Abstract: The 2004 Report and Order extended the Commission's 
communication disruptions reporting rules to non-wireline carriers and 
streamlined reporting through a new electronic template (see docket ET 
Docket 04-35). In 2015, this proceeding, PS Docket 15-80, was opened to 
amend the original communications disruption reporting rules from 2004 
in order to reflect technology transitions observed throughout the 
telecommunications sector. The Commission seeks to further study the 
possibility to share the reporting database information and access with 
State and other Federal entities. In May 2016, the Commission released 
a Report and Order, FNPRM, and Order on Reconsideration (see also 
dockets 11-82 & 04-35). The R&O adopted rules to update the part 4 
requirements to reflect technology transitions. The FNPRM sought 
comment on sharing information in the reporting database. Comments and 
replies were received by the Commission in August and September 2016.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/16/15  80 FR 34321
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/31/15  .......................
FNPRM...............................   07/12/16  81 FR 45095
R&O.................................   07/12/16  81 FR 45055
FNPRM Comment Period End............   09/12/16  .......................
Announcement of effective date for     06/22/17  82 FR 28410
 rule changes in R&O.
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Brenda Villanueva, Attorney Advisor, Public Safety 
and Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 
12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7005, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK40

441. New Part 4 of the Commission's Rules Concerning Disruptions to 
Communications; ET Docket No. 04-35

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154 to 155; 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 U.S.C. 
251; 47 U.S.C. 307; 47 U.S.C. 316
    Abstract: The proceeding creates a new part 4 in title 47, and 
amends part 63.100. The proceeding updates the Commission's 
communication disruptions reporting rules for wireline providers 
formerly found in 47 CFR 63.100, and extends these rules to other non-
wireline providers. Through this proceeding, the Commission streamlines 
the reporting process through an electronic template. The Report and 
Order received several petitions for reconsideration, of which two were 
eventually withdrawn. In 2015, seven were addressed in an Order on 
Reconsideration and in 2016 another petition was addressed in an Order 
on Reconsideration. One petition (CPUC Petition) remains pending 
regarding NORS database sharing with states, which is addressed in a 
separate proceeding, PS Docket 15-80. To the extent the communication 
disruption rules cover VoIP, the Commission studies and addresses these 
questions in a separate docket, PS Docket 11-82.
    In May 2016, the Commission released a Report and Order, FNPRM, and 
Order on Reconsideration (see dockets 11-82 & 15-80). The Order on 
Reconsideration addressed outage reporting for events at airports, and 
the FNPRM sought comment on database sharing. Comments and replies were 
received by the Commission in August and September 2016.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/26/04  69 FR 15761
R&O.................................   11/26/04  69 FR 68859
Denial for Petition for Partial Stay   12/02/04  .......................
Seek Comment on Petition for Recon..   02/02/10  .......................
Reply Period End....................   03/19/10  .......................
Seek Comment on Broadband and          07/02/10  .......................
 Interconnected VOIP Service
 Providers.
Reply Period End....................   08/16/12  .......................
R&O and Order on Recon..............   06/16/15  80 FR 34321
FNPRM...............................   07/12/16  81 FR 45095
R&O.................................   07/12/16  81 FR 45055
Announcement of effective date for     06/22/17  82 FR 28410
 rule changes in R&O.
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Brenda Villanueva, Attorney Advisor, Public Safety 
and Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 
12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554,

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Phone: 202 418-7005, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK41

442. Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA); PS Docket No. 15-91

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 109-347, title VI; 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 
U.S.C. 154(i)
    Abstract: This proceeding was initiated to improve WEA messaging, 
ensure that WEA alerts reach only those individuals to whom they are 
relevant, and establish an end-to-end testing program based on 
advancements in technology.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/19/15  80 FR 77289
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/13/16  .......................
NPRM Reply Comment Period End.......   02/12/16  .......................
Order...............................   11/01/16  81 FR 75710
FNPRM...............................   11/08/16  81 FR 78539
Comment Period End..................   12/08/16  .......................
Reply Comment Period End............   01/07/17
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Lisa Fowlkes, Bureau Chief, Federal Communications 
Commission, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, 445 12th Street 
SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7452, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK54

443.  Blue Alert EAS Event Code

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 and 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 
154(o); 47 U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 303(r) and (v); 47 U.S.C. 307; 47 
U.S.C. 309 ; 47 U.S.C. 335; 47 U.S.C. 403; 47 U.S.C.544(g); 47 U.S.C. 
606 and 615
    Abstract: In 2015, Congress adopted the Blue Alert Act to help the 
States provide effective alerts to the public and law enforcement when 
police and other law enforcement officers are killed or are in danger. 
To ensure that these state plans are compatible and integrated 
throughout the United States as envisioned by the Blue Alert Act, the 
Blue Alert Coordinator made a series of recommendations in a 2016 
Report to Congress. Among these recommendations, the Blue Alert 
Coordinator identified the need for a dedicated EAS event code for Blue 
Alerts, and noted the alignment of the EAS with the implementation of 
the Blue Alert Act. On June 22, 2017, the FCC released an NPRM 
proposing to revise the EAS rules to adopt a new event code, which 
would allow transmission of ``Blue Alerts'' to the public over the EAS, 
and thus satisfy the stated need for a dedicated EAS event code.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/30/17  82 FR 29811
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/31/17  .......................
NPRM Reply Comment Period End.......   08/29/17
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Linda Pintro, Attorney Advisor, Policy and 
Licensing Division, PSHSB, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th 
Street SW, Washington, DC 21043, Phone: 202 418-7490, Email: 
[email protected].
    Gregory Cooke, Deputy Chief, Policy and Licensing Division, PSHSB, 
Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 
20554, Phone: 202 418-2351, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK63

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Wireless Telecommunications Bureau

Final Rule Stage

444. Updating Part 1 Competitive Bidding Rules (WT Docket No. 14-170)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 
47 U.S.C. 309(j); 47 U.S.C. 316
    Abstract: This proceeding was initiated to revise some of the 
Commission's general part 1 rules governing competitive bidding for 
spectrum licenses to reflect changes in the marketplace, including the 
challenges faced by new entrants, as well as to advance the statutory 
directive to ensure that small businesses, rural telephone companies, 
and businesses owned by members of minority groups and women are given 
the opportunity to participate in the provision of spectrum-based 
services. In July 2015, the Commission revised its competitive bidding 
rules, specifically adopting revised requirements for eligibility for 
bidding credits, a new rural service provider bidding credit, a 
prohibition on joint bidding agreements and other changes.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/14/14  79 FR 68172
Public Notice.......................   03/16/15  80 FR 15715
Public Notice.......................   04/23/15  80 FR 22690
R&O.................................   09/18/15  80 FR 56764
Public Notice on Petitions for         11/10/15  80 FR 69630
 Reconsideration.
Order on Recon......................   12/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kelly Quinn, Assistant Chief, Auctions and Spectrum 
Access Division, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0660, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK28

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Wireless Telecommunications Bureau

Long-Term Actions

445. Reexamination of Roaming Obligations of Commercial Mobile Radio 
Service Providers

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; to 152(n); 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 
154(j); 47 U.S.C. 201(b); 47 U.S.C. 251(a); 47 U.S.C. 253; 47 U.S.C. 
303(r); 47 U.S.C. 332(c)(1)(B); 47 U.S.C. 309
    Abstract: This rulemaking considers whether the Commission should 
adopt an automatic roaming rule for voice services for Commercial 
Mobile Radio Services and whether the Commission should adopt a roaming 
rule for mobile data services.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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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
Final Rule..........................   04/28/10  75 FR 22263
FNPRM...............................   04/28/10  75 FR 22338
2nd R&O.............................   05/06/11  76 FR 26199
Order on Recon......................   06/25/14  79 FR 43956
Declaratory Ruling (release date)...   12/18/14
Comment Period End..................   02/14/15

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Reply Comment Period End............   02/19/15
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jennifer Salhus, Attorney, Federal Communications 
Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-
2823, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AH83

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 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:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/16/01  66 FR 64785
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/14/02
R&O and FNPRM.......................   10/16/03
FNPRM...............................   04/12/04  69 FR 19140
FNPRM Comment Period End............   07/12/04
R&O.................................   06/14/04  69 FR 32577
NPRM................................   12/06/06  71 FR 70710
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/06/07
Final Rule..........................   12/06/06  71 FR 70671
3rd R&O.............................   03/29/11  76 FR 17347
Stay Order..........................   03/29/11  76 FR 17353
3rd FNPRM...........................   01/30/13  78 FR 6276
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jeff Tobias, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th 
Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0680, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AI35

447. Implementation of the Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act (CSEA) 
and Modernization of the Commission's Competitive Bidding Rules and 
Procedures (WT Docket No. 05-211)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 79; 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 
(j); 47 U.S.C. 155; 47 U.S.C. 155(c); 47 U.S.C. 157; 47 U.S.C. 225; 47 
U.S.C. 303(r); 47 U.S.C. 307; 47 U.S.C. 309; 47 U.S.C. 309(j); 47 
U.S.C. 325(e); 47 U.S.C. 334; 47 U.S.C. 336; 47 U.S.C. 339; 47 U.S.C. 
554
    Abstract: This proceeding implements rules and procedures needed to 
comply with the 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' directives regarding 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:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/14/05  70 FR 43372
Declaratory Ruling..................   06/14/05  70 FR 43322
R&O.................................   01/24/06  71 FR 6214
FNPRM...............................   02/03/06  71 FR 6992
Second R&O..........................   04/25/06  71 FR 26245
Order on Reconsideration of Second     06/02/06  71 FR 34272
 R&O.
NPRM................................   06/21/06  71 FR 35594
Second Order and Reconsideration of    04/04/08  73 FR 18528
 Second R&O.
Order...............................   03/21/12  77 FR 16470
Order on Recon of 1st R&O, 3rd Order   09/18/15  80 FR 56764
 on Recon of 2nd R&O, and 3rd R&O.
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kelly Quinn, Assistant Chief, Auctions and Spectrum 
Access Division, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0660, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AI88

448. Amendment of the Commission's Rules To Improve Public Safety 
Communications in the 800 MHz Band, and To Consolidate the 800 MHz and 
900 MHz Business and Industrial/Land Transportation Pool Channels

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 
U.S.C. 309; 47 U.S.C. 332
    Abstract: This action adopts rules that retain the current site-
based licensing paradigm for the 900 MHz B/ILT ``white space''; adopts 
interference protection rules applicable to all licensees operating in 
the 900 MHz B/ILT spectrum; and lifts, on a rolling basis, the freeze 
placed on applications for new 900 MHz B/ILT licenses in September 
2004--the lift being tied to the completion of rebanding in each 800 
MHz National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) region.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/18/05  70 FR 13143
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/12/05  70 FR 23080
Final Rule..........................   12/16/08  73 FR 67794
Petition for Reconsideration........   03/12/09  74 FR 10739
Order on Reconsideration............   07/17/13  78 FR 42701
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Joyce Jones, Attorney Advisor, Wireless 
Telecommunications Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th 
Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1327, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AJ22

449. Amendment of Part 90 of the Commission's Rules

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 303
    Abstract: This proceeding considers rule changes impacting 
miscellaneous part 90 Private Land Mobile Radio rules.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/13/07  72 FR 32582
FNPRM...............................   04/14/10  75 FR 19340
Order on Reconsideration............   05/27/10  75 FR 29677
5th R&O.............................   05/16/13  78 FR 28749
Petition for Reconsideration........   07/23/13  78 FR 44091
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Rodney P. Conway, Engineer, Federal Communications 
Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554,

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Phone: 202 418-2904, Fax: 202 418-1944, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AJ37

450. Amendment of Part 101 of the Commission's Rules for Microwave Use 
and Broadcast Auxiliary Service Flexibility

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 and 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 157; 
47 U.S.C. 160 and 201; 47 U.S.C. 214; 47 U.S.C. 301 to 303; 47 U.S.C. 
307 to 310; 47 U.S.C. 319 and 324; 47 U.S.C. 332 and 333
    Abstract: In this document, the Commission commences a proceeding 
to remove regulatory barriers to the use of spectrum for wireless 
backhaul and other point-to-point and point-to-multipoint 
communications.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/05/10  75 FR 52185
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/22/10
R&O.................................   09/27/11  76 FR 59559
FNPRM...............................   09/27/11  76 FR 59614
FNPRM Comment Period End............   10/25/11
R&O.................................   09/05/12  77 FR 54421
FNPRM...............................   09/05/12  77 FR 54511
FNPRM Comment Period End............   10/22/12
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John Schauble, Deputy Chief, Broadband Division, 
Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 
445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0797, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AJ47

451. Universal Service Reform Mobility Fund (WT Docket No. 10-208)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 155; 47 
U.S.C. 160; 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 U.S.C. 205; 47 U.S.C. 225; 47 U.S.C. 254; 
47 U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 303(c); 47 U.S.C. 303(f); 47 
U.S.C. 303(r); 47 U.S.C. 303(y); 47 U.S.C. 309; 47 U.S.C. 310
    Abstract: This proceeding establishes the Mobility Fund which 
provides an initial infusion of funds toward solving persistent gaps in 
mobile services through targeted, one-time support for the build-out of 
current and next-generation wireless infrastructure in areas where 
these services are unavailable.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/14/10  75 FR 67060
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/18/11
R&O.................................   11/29/11  76 FR 73830
FNPRM...............................   12/16/11  76 FR 78384
R&O.................................   12/28/11  76 FR 81562
2nd R&O.............................   07/03/12  77 FR 39435
4th Order on Recon..................   08/14/12  77 FR 48453
FNPRM...............................   07/09/14  79 FR 39196
R&O, Declaratory Ruling, Order,        07/09/14  79 FR 39163
 MO&O, and 7th Order on Recon.
FNPRM Comment Period End............   09/08/14
R&O.................................   10/07/16  81 FR 69696
FNPRM...............................   10/07/16  81 FR 69772
FNPRM...............................   03/13/17  82 FR 13413
R&O.................................   03/28/17  82 FR 15422
R&O Correction......................   04/04/17  82 FR 16297
Order on Recon and 2nd R&O..........   09/08/17  82 FR 42473
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Audra Hale-Maddox, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-2109, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AJ58

452. Fixed and Mobile Services in the Mobile Satellite Service Bands at 
1525-1559 MHz and 1626.5-1660.5 MHz, 1610-1626.5 MHz and 2483.5-2500 
MHz, and 2000-2020 MHz and 2180-2200 MHz

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 and 154; 47 U.S.C. 303 and 310
    Abstract: The Commission proposes steps making additional spectrum 
available for new investment in mobile broadband networks, while 
ensuring that the United States maintains robust mobile satellite 
service capabilities. Mobile broadband is emerging as one of America's 
most dynamic innovation and economic platforms. Yet tremendous demand 
growth soon will test the limits of spectrum availability. Some 90 
megahertz of spectrum allocated to the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) 
in the 2 GHz band, Big LEO band, and L-band--are potentially available 
for terrestrial mobile broadband use. The Commission seeks to remove 
regulatory barriers to terrestrial use, and to promote additional 
investments, such as those recently made possible by a transaction 
between Harbinger Capital Partners and SkyTerra Communications, while 
retaining sufficient market-wide MSS capability. The Commission 
proposes to add co-primary Fixed and Mobile allocations to the 2 GHz 
band, consistent with the International Table of Allocations. This 
allocation modification is a precondition for more flexible licensing 
of terrestrial services within the band. Second, the Commission 
proposes to apply the Commission's secondary market policies and rules 
applicable to terrestrial services to all transactions involving the 
use of MSS bands for terrestrial services to create greater 
predictability and regulatory parity with bands licensed for 
terrestrial mobile broadband service. The Commission also requests 
comment on further steps we can take to increase the value, 
utilization, innovation, and investment in MSS spectrum generally.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/15/10  75 FR 49871
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/30/10
R&O.................................   04/06/11  76 FR 31252
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Blaise Scinto, Chief, Broadband Division, WTB, 
Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 
20554, Phone: 202 418-1380, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AJ59

453. Improving Spectrum Efficiency Through Flexible Channel Spacing and 
Bandwidth Utilization for Economic Area-Based 800 MHz Specialized 
Mobile Radio Licensees (WT Docket Nos. 12-64 and 11-110)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 to 152; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 
301; 47 U.S.C. 302(a); 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 307 to 308
    Abstract: This proceeding was initiated to allow EA-based 800 MHz 
SMR licensees in 813.5-824/858.5-869 MHz to exceed the channel spacing 
and bandwidth limitation in section 90.209 of the Commission's rules, 
subject to conditions.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/29/12  77 FR 18991
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/13/12
R&O.................................   05/24/12  77 FR 33972

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Petition for Recon Public Notice....   08/16/12  77 FR 53163
Petition for Recon PN Comment Period   09/27/12
 End.
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Linda Chang, Associate Chief, Mobility Division, 
Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 
445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1339, Fax: 202 
418-7447, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AJ71

454. Expanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum 
Through Incentive Auctions; (GN Docket No. 12-268)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 309(j)(8)(G); 47 U.S.C. 1452
    Abstract: In February 2012, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job 
Creation Act was enacted (Pub. L. 112-96, 126 Stat. 156 (2012)). Title 
VI of that statute, commonly known as the Spectrum Act, provides the 
Commission with the authority to conduct incentive auctions to meet the 
growing demand for wireless broadband. Pursuant to the Spectrum Act, 
the Commission may conduct incentive auctions that will offer new 
initial spectrum licenses subject to flexible-use service rules on 
spectrum made available by licensees that voluntarily relinquish some 
or all of their spectrum usage rights in exchange for a portion, based 
on the value of the relinquished rights as determined by an auction, of 
the proceeds of bidding for the new licenses. In addition to granting 
the Commission general authority to conduct incentive auctions, the 
Spectrum Act requires the Commission to conduct an incentive auction of 
broadcast TV spectrum and sets forth special requirements for such an 
auction.
    The Spectrum Act requires that the incentive auction consist of a 
reverse auction ``to determine the amount of compensation that each 
broadcast television licensee would accept in return for voluntarily 
relinquishing some or all of its spectrum usage rights and a forward 
auction'' that would allow mobile broadband providers to bid for 
licenses in the reallocated spectrum. Broadcast television licensees 
who elected to voluntarily participate in the auction had three basic 
options: Voluntarily go off the air, share spectrum, or move channels 
in exchange for receiving part of the proceeds from auctioning that 
spectrum to wireless providers.
    In June 2014, the Commission adopted a Report and Order that laid 
out the general framework for the incentive auction. The incentive 
auction started on March 29, 2016, with the submission of initial 
commitments by eligible broadcast licensees that had submitted timely 
and complete applications. The incentive auction officially ended on 
April 13, 2017, with the release of the Auction Closing and Channel 
Reassignment Public Notice that also marked the start of the 39-month 
transition period during which broadcasters will transition their 
stations to their post-auction channel assignments in the reorganized 
television bands.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   11/21/12  77 FR 69933
R&O.................................   08/15/14  79 FR 48441
Notice..............................   01/29/15  80 FR 4816
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Rachel Kazan, Federal Communications Commission, 
445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1500, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AJ82

455. Amendment of Parts 1, 2, 22, 24, 27, 90 and 95 of the Commission's 
Rules To Improve Wireless Coverage Through the Use of Signal Boosters 
(WT Docket No. 10-4)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 79; 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 
U.S.C. 154(j); 47 U.S.C. 155; 47 U.S.C. 157; 47 U.S.C. 225; 47 U.S.C. 
227; 47 U.S.C. 303(r)
    Abstract: This action adopts new technical, operational, and 
registration requirements for signal boosters. It creates two classes 
of signal boosters--consumer and industrial--with distinct regulatory 
requirements for each, thereby establishing a two-step transition 
process for equipment certification for both consumer and industrial 
signal boosters sold and marketed in the United States.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/10/11  76 FR 26983
R&O.................................   04/11/13  78 FR 21555
Petition for Reconsideration........   06/06/13  78 FR 34015
Order on Reconsideration............   11/08/14  79 FR 70790
FNPRM...............................   11/28/14  79 FR 70837
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Amanda Huetinck, Attorney Advisor, WTB, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-7090, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AJ87

456. Amendment of the Commission's Rules Governing Certain Aviation 
Ground Station Equipment (Squitter) (WT Docket Nos. 10-61 and 09-42)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 48 Stat. 1066, 1082 as amended; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 
U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 307(e); 47 U.S.C. 151 to 156; 47 U.S.C. 301
    Abstract: This action amends part 87 rules to authorize new ground 
station technologies to promote safety and allow use of frequency 1090 
MHz by aeronautical utility mobile stations for airport surface 
detection equipment (commonly referred to as ``squitters'') to help 
reduce collisions between aircraft and airport ground vehicles.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/28/10  75 FR 22352
R&O.................................   03/01/13  78 FR 61023
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Tim Maguire, Electronics Engineer, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-2155, Fax: 202 418-7247, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AJ88

457. Amendment of Part 90 of the Commission's Rules To Permit 
Terrestrial Trunked Radio (Tetra) Technology; WT Docket No. 11-6

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 161; 47 U.S.C. 303(g); 
47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 U.S.C. 332(c)(7)
    Abstract: We modify our rules to permit the certification and use 
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Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) equipment under part 90 of our rules. 
TETRA is a spectrally efficient digital technology with the potential 
to provide valuable benefits to land mobile radio users, such as higher 
security and lower latency than comparable technologies. It does not, 
however, conform to all of our current part 90 technical rules. In the 
Notice of Proposed Rule Making and Order (NPRM) in this proceeding, the 
Commission proposed to amend part 90 to accommodate TETRA technology. 
We conclude that modifying the part 90 rules to permit the 
certification and use of TETRA equipment in two bands--the 450-470 MHz 
portion of the UHF band (421-512 MHz) and Business/Industrial Land 
Transportation 800 MHz band channels (809-824/854-869 MHz) that are not 
in the National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) 
portion of the band--will give private land mobile radio (PLMR) 
licensees additional equipment alternatives, without increasing the 
potential for interference or other adverse effects on other licensees.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/11/11  76 FR 27296
R&O.................................   10/10/12  77 FR 61535
Order on Reconsideration............   08/09/13  78 FR 48627
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Tim Maguire, Electronics Engineer, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-2155, Fax: 202 418-7247, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK05

458. Promoting Technological Solutions To Combat Wireless Contraband 
Device Use in Correctional Facilities; GN Docket No. 13-111

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 to 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 
154(j); 47 U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 303(a); 47 U.S.C. 303(b); 47 U.S.C. 
307 to 310; 47 U.S.C. 332
    Abstract: In this proceeding, the Commission proposes rules to 
encourage development of multiple technological solutions to combat the 
use of contraband wireless devices in correctional facilities 
nationwide. The Commission proposes to streamline rules governing lease 
agreement modifications between wireless providers and managed access 
system operators. It also proposes to require wireless providers to 
terminate service to a contraband wireless device.
    In the Report and Order, the Commission addresses the problem of 
illegal use of contraband wireless devices by inmates in correctional 
facilities by streamlining the process of deploying contraband wireless 
device interdiction systems (CIS)--systems that use radio 
communications signals requiring Commission authorization--in 
correctional facilities. In particular, the Commission eliminates 
certain filing requirements and provides for immediate approval of the 
lease applications needed to operate these systems.
    In the Further Notice, the Commission seeks comment on a process 
for wireless providers to disable contraband wireless devices once they 
have been identified. The Commission also seeks comment on additional 
methods and technologies that might prove successful in combating 
contraband device use in correctional facilities, and on various other 
proposals related to the authorization process for CISs and their 
deployment.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/18/13  78 FR 36469
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/08/13
FNPRM...............................   05/18/17  82 FR 22780
R&O.................................   05/18/17  82 FR 22742
Final Rule Effective (except for       06/19/17
 rules requiring OMB approval which
 remain pending).
FNPRM Comment Period End............   07/17/17
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Melissa Conway, Attorney Advisor, Wireless Bureau, 
Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 
20554, Phone: 202 418-2887, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK06

459. Enabling Small Cell Use in the 3.5 GHz Band

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 to 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 
154(j) ; 47 U.S.C. 302(a); 47 U.S.C. 303 to 304; 47 U.S.C. 307(e); 47 
U.S.C. 316
    Abstract: The NPRM proposed to create a Citizens Broadband Service, 
licensed-by-rule pursuant to section 307(e) of the Communications Act 
and classified as a Citizens Band Service under part 95 of the 
Commission's rules. Access to and use of the 3.5 GHz band would be 
managed by a spectrum access system (SAS), incorporating a geo-location 
enabled dynamic database (similar to TVWS).
    The Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes to create a new 
Citizens Broadband Radio Service in the 3550 to 3650 MHz band to be 
governed by a new part 96 of the Commission's rules. Access to and use 
of the 3550 to 3650 MHz band would be managed by a spectrum access 
system, incorporating a geo-location enabled dynamic database.
    The Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking adopted by the Commission established a new Citizens 
Broadband Radio Service for shared wireless broadband use of the 3550 
to 3700 MHz band. The Citizens Broadband Radio Service is governed by a 
three-tiered spectrum authorization framework to accommodate a variety 
of commercial uses on a shared basis with incumbent Federal and non-
Federal users of the band. Access and operations will be managed by a 
dynamic spectrum access system. The three tiers are: Incumbent Access, 
Priority Access, and General Authorized Access. Rules governing the 
Citizens Broadband Radio Service are found in part 96 of the 
Commission's rules.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/08/13  78 FR 1188
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/19/13
FNPRM...............................   06/02/14  79 FR 31247
FNPRM Comment Period End............   08/15/14
R&O and 2nd FNPRM...................   06/15/15  80 FR 34119
2nd FNPRM Comment Period End........   08/14/15
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Paul Powell, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-1613, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK12

460. 800 MHz Cellular Telecommunications Licensing Reform; Docket No. 
12-40

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.

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    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 to 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i) to 154(j); 
47 U.S.C. 301 to 303; 47 U.S.C. 307 to 309; 47 CFR 157; 47 U.S.C. 332
    Abstract: The proceeding was launched to revisit and update rules 
governing the 800 MHz cellular radiotelephone service (Cellular 
Service). On November 10, 2014, the FCC released a Report and Order 
(R&O) and a companion Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM). In 
the R&O, the FCC eliminated or areas not yet licensed. In the FNPRM, 
the FCC proposed and sought comment on additional reforms of the 
Cellular rules, including radiated power and other technical rules, to 
promote flexibility and help foster deployment of new technologies such 
as LTE.
    On March 24, 2017, the FCC released a Second Report and Order 
(second R&O) and a companion Second Further Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking (second FNPRM). In the second R&O, the FCC revised the 
Cellular radiated power rules to permit compliance with limits based on 
power spectral density (PSD) as an option for licensees deploying 
wideband technologies such as LTE, while retaining the existing non-PSD 
limits for licensees that deploy narrowband technologies. This ensures 
that carriers are treated similarly regardless of technology choice, 
and aligns the Cellular power rules with those used to provide mobile 
broadband in other service bands. The second R&O also made conforming 
changes to cellular technical rules to accommodate PSD, additional 
licensing reforms. In the second FNPRM, the FCC seeks comment on other 
measures to give cellular licensees more flexibility and administrative 
relief, and on ways to consolidate and simplify the rules, not only for 
the cellular service, but also other geographically licensed wireless 
services.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/16/12  77 FR 15665
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/15/12
NPRM Reply Comment Period End.......   06/14/12
R&O.................................   12/05/14  79 FR 72143
FNPRM...............................   12/22/14  79 FR 76268
Final Rule Effective (with 3           01/05/15
 exceptions).
FNPRM Comment Period End............   01/21/15
FNPRM Reply Comment Period End......   02/20/15
2nd R&O.............................   04/12/17  82 FR 17570
2nd FNPRM...........................   04/14/17  82 FR 17959
2nd FNPRM Comment Period End........   05/15/17
2nd FNPRM Reply Comment Period End..   06/14/17
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Nina Shafran, Attorney Advisor, Wireless Bureau, 
Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 
20554, Phone: 202 418-2781, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK13

461. Use of Spectrum Bands Above 24 GHz for Mobile Services--Spectrum 
Frontiers; WT Docket 10-112

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 to 154; 47 U.S.C. 157; 47 U.S.C. 
160; 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 U.S.C. 225; 47 U.S.C. 227; 47 U.S.C. 301 to 302; 
47 U.S.C. 302(a); 47 U.S.C. 303 to 304; 47 U.S.C. 307; 47 U.S.C. 309 to 
310; 47 U.S.C. 316; 47 U.S.C. 319; 47 U.S.C. 332; 47 U.S.C. 336; 47 
U.S.C. 1302
    Abstract: In this proceeding, the Commission adopted service rules 
for licensing of mobile and other uses for millimeter wave (mmW) bands. 
These high frequencies previously have been best suited for satellite 
or fixed microwave applications; however, recent technological 
breakthroughs have newly enabled advanced mobile services in these 
bands, notably including very high speed and low latency services. This 
action will help facilitate Fifth Generation mobile services and other 
mobile services. In developing service rules for mmW bands, the 
Commission will facilitate access to spectrum, develop a flexible 
spectrum policy, and encourage wireless innovation.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/13/16  81 FR 1802
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/26/16  .......................
FNPRM...............................   08/24/16  81 FR 58269
Comment Period End..................   09/30/16  .......................
FNPRM Reply Comment Period End......   10/31/16  .......................
R&O.................................   11/14/16  81 FR 79894
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John Schauble, Deputy Chief, Broadband Division, 
Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 
445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0797, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK44

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Wireline Competition Bureau

Proposed Rule Stage

462. Jurisdictional Separations

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 154(j); 47 
U.S.C. 205; 47 U.S.C. 221(c); 47 U.S.C. 254; 47 U.S.C. 403; 47 U.S.C. 
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 on the part 36 category relationships and 
jurisdictional cost allocation factors for a period of five years, 
pending comprehensive reform of the part 36 separations rules. In 2006, 
the Commission adopted an Order and Further Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking, which extended the separations freeze for a period of three 
years and sought comment on comprehensive reform. In 2009, the 
Commission adopted a Report and Order extending the separations freeze 
an additional year to June 2010. In 2010, the Commission adopted a 
Report and Order extending the separations freeze for an additional 
year to June 2011. In 2011, the Commission adopted a Report and Order 
extending the separations freeze for an additional year to June 2012. 
In 2012, the Commission adopted a Report and Order extending the 
separations freeze for an additional two years to June 2014. In 2014, 
the Commission adopted a Report and Order extending the separations 
freeze for an additional three years to June 2017.

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    On March 20, 2017, the Commission adopted a Further Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking proposing to extend the separations freeze for an 
additional 18 months through December 2018 and to consider with the 
Separations Federal-State Joint Board comprehensive reform of the 
jurisdictional separations procedures in the Commission's rules.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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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  .......................
R&O.................................   05/15/09  74 FR 23955
R&O.................................   05/25/10  75 FR 30301
R&O.................................   05/27/11  76 FR 30840
R&O.................................   05/23/12  77 FR 30410
R&O.................................   06/13/14  79 FR 36232
FNPRM...............................   11/00/17
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John Hunter, Attorney-Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-1520, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AJ06

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Wireline Competition Bureau

Long-Term Actions

463. 2000 Biennial Regulatory Review--Telecommunications Service 
Quality Reporting Requirements

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 154(j); 47 U.S.C. 201(b); 47 
U.S.C. 303(r); 47 U.S.C. 403
    Abstract: The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) proposed to 
eliminate our current service quality reports (Automated Reporting 
Management Information System (ARMIS) Report 43-05 and 43-06) and 
replace them with a more consumer-oriented report. The NPRM proposed to 
reduce the reporting categories from more than 30 to six, and addressed 
the needs of carriers, consumers, State public utility commissions, and 
other interested parties. On February 15, 2005, the Commission adopted 
an order that extended the Federal-State Joint Conference on Accounting 
Issues until March 1, 2007. On September 6, 2008, the Commission 
adopted a Memorandum Opinion and Order granting conditional forbearance 
from the ARMIS 43-05 and 43-06 reporting requirements to all carriers 
that are required to file these reports.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/04/00  65 FR 75657
Order...............................   02/06/02  67 FR 5670
Order...............................   03/22/05  70 FR 14466
MO&O................................   10/15/08  73 FR 60997
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Cathy Zima, Deputy Chief, Industry Analysis 
Division, WCB, Federal Communications Commission, Wireline Competition 
Bureau, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7380, 
Fax: 202 418-6768, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AH72

464. Numbering Resource Optimization

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 201 et 
seq.; 47 U.S.C. 251(e)
    Abstract: In 1999, the Commission released the Numbering Resource 
Optimization Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Notice) in CC Docket 99-
200. The Notice examined and sought comment on several administrative 
and technical measures aimed at improving the efficiency with which 
telecommunications numbering resources are used and allocated. It 
incorporated input from the North American Numbering Council (NANC), a 
Federal advisory committee, which advises the Commission on issues 
related to number administration. In the Numbering Resource 
Optimization First Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking (NRO First Report and Order), released on March 31, 2000, 
the Commission adopted a mandatory utilization data reporting 
requirement, a uniform set of categories of numbers for which carriers 
must report their utilization, and a utilization threshold framework to 
increase carrier accountability and incentives to use numbers 
efficiently. In addition, the Commission adopted a single system for 
allocating numbers in blocks of 1,000, rather than 10,000, wherever 
possible, and established a plan for national rollout of thousands-
block number pooling. The Commission also adopted numbering resource 
reclamation requirements to ensure that unused numbers are returned to 
the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) inventory for assignment to 
other carriers. Also, to encourage better management of numbering 
resources, carriers are required, to the extent possible, to first 
assign numbering resources within thousands blocks (a form of 
sequential numbering). In the NRO Second Report and Order, the 
Commission adopted a measure that requires all carriers to use at least 
60 percent of their numbering resources before they may get additional 
numbers 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 
zero or one, or to grant State commissions the authority to implement 
the expansion of the ``D'' digit as a numbering resource optimization 
measure presently. 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 
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threshold in a given rate center to obtain additional numbering 
resources. In the NRO Third Report and Order, the Commission lifted the 
ban on technology-specific overlays (TSOs), and delegated authority to 
the Common Carrier Bureau, in consultation with the Wireless 
Telecommunications Bureau, to resolve any such petitions. Furthermore, 
the Commission found that carriers who violate our numbering 
requirements, or fail to cooperate with an auditor conducting either a 
``for cause'' or random audit, should be denied numbering resources in 
certain instances. The Commission also reaffirmed the 180-day 
reservation period, declined to impose fees to extend the reservation 
period, and found that State commissions should be allowed password-
protected access to the NANPA database for data pertaining to NPAs 
located within their State. The measures adopted in the NRO orders will 
allow the Commission to monitor more closely the way numbering 
resources are used within the NANP, and will promote more efficient 
allocation and use of NANP resources by tying a carrier's ability to 
obtain numbering resources more closely to its actual need for numbers 
to serve its customers. These measures are designed to create national 
standards to optimize the use of numbering resources by: (1) Minimizing 
the negative impact on consumers of premature area code exhausts; (2) 
ensuring sufficient access to numbering resources for all service 
providers to enter into or to compete in telecommunications markets; 
(3) avoiding premature exhaust of the NANP; (4) extending the life of 
the NANP; (5) imposing the least societal cost possible, and ensuring 
competitive neutrality, while obtaining the highest benefit; (6) 
ensuring that no class of carrier or consumer is unduly favored or 
disfavored by the Commission's optimization efforts; and (7) minimizing 
the incentives for carriers to build and carry excessively large 
inventories of numbers. In NRO Third Order on Recon in CC Docket No. 
99-200, Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in CC Docket No. 
99-200 and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in CC Docket 
No, 95-116, the Commission reconsidered its findings in the NRO Third 
Report and Order regarding the local Number portability (LNP) and 
thousands-block number pooling requirements for carriers in the top 100 
Metropolitan Statistical areas (MSAs). Specifically, the Commission 
reversed its clarification that those requirements extend to all 
carriers in the largest 100 MSAs, regardless of whether they have 
received a request from another carrier to provide LNP. The Commission 
also sought comment on whether the Commission should again extend the 
LNP requirements to all carriers in the largest 100 MSAs, regardless of 
whether they receive a request to provide LNP. The Commission also 
sought comment on whether all carriers in the top 100 MSAs should be 
required to participate in thousands-block number pooling, regardless 
of whether they are required to be LNP capable. In addition, the 
Commission sought comment on whether all MSAs included in Combined 
Metropolitan Statistical Areas (CMSAs) on the Census Bureau's list of 
the largest 100 MSAs should be included on the Commission's list of the 
top 100 MSAs. In the NRO Fourth Report and Order and Further Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking, the Commission reaffirmed that carriers must 
deploy LNP in switches within the 100 largest Metropolitan Statistical 
Areas (MSAs) for which another carrier has made a specific request for 
the provision of LNP. The Commission delegated the authority to state 
commissions to require carriers operating within the largest 100 MSAs 
that have not received a specific request for LNP from another carrier 
to provide LNP, under certain circumstances and on a case-by-case 
basis. The Commission concluded that all carriers, except those 
specifically exempted, are required to participate in thousands-block 
number pooling in accordance with the national rollout schedule, 
regardless of whether they are required to provide LNP, including 
commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) providers that were required to 
deploy LNP as of November 24, 2003. The Commission specifically 
exempted from the pooling requirement rural telephone companies and 
Tier III CMRS providers that have not received a request to provide 
LNP. The Commission also exempted from the pooling requirement carriers 
that are the only service provider receiving numbering resources in a 
given rate center. Additionally, the Commission sought further comment 
on whether these exemptions should be expanded to include carriers 
where there are only two service providers receiving numbering 
resources in the rate center. Finally, the Commission reaffirmed that 
the 100 largest MSAs identified in the 1990 U.S. Census reports, as 
well as those areas included on any subsequent U.S. Census report of 
the 100 largest MSAs. 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.
    In its 2013 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Commission proposed 
to allow interconnected Voice over internet Protocol (VOIP) providers 
to obtain telephone numbers directly from the North American Numbering 
Plan Administrator and the Pooling Administrator, subject to certain 
requirements. The Commission also sought comment on a forward-looking 
approach to numbers for other types of providers and uses, including 
telematics and public safety, and the benefits and number exhaust risks 
of granting providers other than interconnected VoIP providers direct 
access.
    In its 2015 Report and Order, the Commission established an 
authorization process to enable interconnected VoIP providers that 
choose to obtain access to North American Numbering Plan telephone 
numbers directly from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator 
and/or the Pooling Administrator (Numbering Administrators), rather 
than through intermediaries. The Order also set forth several 
conditions designed to minimize number exhaust and preserve the 
integrity of the numbering system. Specifically, the Commission 
required interconnected VoIP providers obtaining numbers to comply with 
the same requirements applicable to carriers seeking to obtain numbers. 
The requirements included any state requirements pursuant to numbering 
authority delegated to the states by the Commission, as well as 
industry guidelines and practices, among others. The Commission also 
required interconnected VoIP providers to comply with facilities 
readiness requirements adapted to this context, and with numbering 
utilization and optimization requirements. In addition, as conditions 
to requesting and obtaining numbers directly from the Numbering 
Administrators, the

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Commission required interconnected VoIP providers to (1) provide the 
relevant State commissions with regulatory and numbering contacts when 
requesting numbers in those states, (2) request numbers from the 
Numbering Administrators under their own unique OCN, (3) file any 
requests for numbers with the relevant state commissions at least 30 
days prior to requesting numbers from the Numbering Administrators, and 
(4) provide customers with the opportunity to access all abbreviated 
dialing codes (N11 numbers) in use in a geographic area. Finally, the 
Order also modified Commission's rules in order to permit VoIP 
Positioning Center providers to obtain pseudo-Automatic Number 
Identification codes directly from the Numbering Administrators for 
purposes of providing E911 services.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/17/99  64 FR 32471
R&O and FNPRM.......................   06/16/00  65 FR 37703
Second R&O and Second FNPRM.........   02/08/01  66 FR 9528
Third R&O and Second Order on Recon.   02/12/02  67 FR 643
Third O on Recon and Third FNPRM....   04/05/02  67 FR 16347
Fourth R&O and Fourth NPRM..........   07/21/03  68 FR 43003
Order and Fifth FNPRM...............   03/15/06  71 FR 13393
Order...............................   06/19/13  78 FR 36679
NPRM & NOI..........................   06/19/13  78 FR 36725
R&O.................................   10/29/15  80 FR 66454
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marilyn Jones, Senior Counsel, Federal 
Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th Street 
SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2357, Fax: 202 418-2345, 
Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AH80

465. IP-Enabled Services; WC Docket No. 04-36

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 and 152; . . .
    Abstract: The notice seeks comment on ways in which the Commission 
might categorize or regulate IP-enabled services. 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.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/29/04  69 FR 16193
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/14/04  .......................
First R&O...........................   06/03/05  70 FR 37273
Public Notice.......................   06/16/05  70 FR 37403
First R&O Effective.................   07/29/05  70 FR 43323
Public Notice.......................   08/31/05  70 FR 51815
R&O.................................   07/10/06  71 FR 38781
R&O and FNPRM.......................   06/08/07  72 FR 31948
FNPRM Comment Period End............   07/09/07  72 FR 31782
R&O.................................   08/06/07  72 FR 43546
Public Notice.......................   08/07/07  72 FR 44136
R&O.................................   08/16/07  72 FR 45908
Public Notice.......................   11/01/07  72 FR 61813
Public Notice.......................   11/01/07  72 FR 61882
Public Notice.......................   12/13/07  72 FR 70808
Public Notice.......................   12/20/07  72 FR 72358
R&O.................................   02/21/08  73 FR 9463
NPRM................................   02/21/08  73 FR 9507
Order...............................   05/15/08  73 FR 28057
Order...............................   07/29/09  74 FR 37624
R&O.................................   08/07/09  74 FR 39551
Public Notice.......................   10/14/09  74 FR 52808
Announcement of Effective Date......   03/19/10  75 FR 13235
Public Notice.......................   05/20/10  75 FR 28249
Public Notice.......................   06/11/10  75 FR 33303
NPRM, Order, & NOI..................   06/19/13  78 FR 36679
R&O.................................   10/29/15  80 FR 66454
Erratum.............................   01/11/16  81 FR 1131
Announcement of Effective Date......   02/24/16  81 FR 5920
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Melissa Kirkel, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th Street 
SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7958, Fax: 202 418-1413, 
Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AI48

466. Development of Nationwide Broadband Data To Evaluate Reasonable 
and Timely Deployment of Advanced Services to All Americans

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 251; 47 U.S.C. 252; 47 U.S.C. 257; 47 
U.S.C. 271; 47 U.S.C. 1302; 47 U.S.C. 160(b); 47 U.S.C. 161(a)(2)
    Abstract: The Report and Order streamlined and reformed the 
Commission's Form 477 Data Program, which is the Commission's primary 
tool to collect data on broadband and telephone services.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/16/07  72 FR 27519
Order...............................   07/02/08  73 FR 37861
Order...............................   10/15/08  73 FR 60997
NPRM................................   02/08/11  76 FR 10827
Order...............................   06/27/13  78 FR 49126
NPRM................................   08/03/17  82 FR 40118
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Chelsea Fallon, Assistant Division Chief, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-7991, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AJ15

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 154(j); 
47 U.S.C. 251; 47 U.S.C. 303(r)
    Abstract: In 2007, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking in WC Docket No. 07-244. The Notice sought comment on 
whether the Commission should adopt rules specifying the length of the 
porting intervals or other details of the porting process. It also 
tentatively concluded that the Commission should adopt rules reducing 
the porting interval for wireline-to-wireline and intermodal simple 
port requests, specifically, to a 48-hour porting interval.
    In the Local Number Portability Porting Interval and Validation 
Requirements First Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking, released on May 13, 2009, the Commission reduced the 
porting interval for simple wireline and simple intermodal port 
requests, requiring all entities subject to its local number 
portability (LNP) rules to complete simple wireline-to-wireline and 
simple intermodal port requests within one business day. In a related 
Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM), the Commission sought 
comment on what further steps, if any, the Commission

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should take to improve the process of changing providers.
    In the LNP Standard Fields Order, released on May 20, 2010, the 
Commission adopted standardized data fields for simple wireline and 
intermodal ports. The Order also adopts the NANC's recommendations for 
porting process provisioning flows and for counting a business day in 
the context of number porting.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/21/08  73 FR 9507
R&O and FNPRM.......................   07/02/09  74 FR 31630
R&O.................................   06/22/10  75 FR 35305
Public Notice.......................   12/21/11  76 FR 79607
Public Notice.......................   06/06/13  78 FR 34015
R&O.................................   05/26/15  80 FR 29978
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Melissa Kirkel, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th Street 
SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7958, Fax: 202 418-1413, 
Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AJ32

468. Implementation of Section 224 of the Act; A National Broadband 
Plan for Our Future (WC Docket No. 07-245, GN Docket No. 09-51)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 154(j); 
47 U.S.C. 224
    Abstract: In 2010, the Commission released an Order and Further 
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that implemented certain pole attachment 
recommendations of the National Broadband Plan and sought comment 
regarding others. On April 7, 2011, the Commission adopted a Report and 
Order and Order on Reconsideration that sets forth a comprehensive 
regulatory scheme for access to poles, and modifies existing rules for 
pole attachment rates and enforcement. In 2015, the Commission issued 
an Order on Reconsideration that further harmonized the pole attachment 
rates paid by telecommunications and cable providers.
    The 2015 Order on Reconsideration was upheld on appeal before the 
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in Ameren Corporation, et 
al. v. FCC, Case No: 16-1683.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/06/08  73 FR 6879
FNPRM...............................   07/15/10  75 FR 41338
Declaratory Ruling..................   08/03/10  75 FR 45494
R&O.................................   05/09/11  76 FR 26620
Order on Recon......................   02/03/16  81 FR 5605
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael Ray, Attorney, Federal Communications 
Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-
0357.
    RIN: 3060-AJ64

469. Rural Call Completion; WC Docket No. 13-39

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 201(b); 
47 U.S.C. 202(a); 47 U.S.C. 218; 47 U.S.C. 220(a); 47 U.S.C. 257(a); 47 
U.S.C. 403
    Abstract: The recordkeeping, retention, and reporting requirements 
in the Report and Order improve the Commission's ability to monitor 
problems with completing calls to rural areas, and enforce restrictions 
against blocking, choking, reducing, or restricting calls. The Further 
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking sought comment on additional measures 
intended to further ensure reasonable and nondiscriminatory service to 
rural areas. The Report and Order applies new recordkeeping, retention, 
and reporting requirements to providers of long-distance voice service 
that make the initial long-distance call path choice for more than 
100,000 domestic retail subscriber lines which, in most cases, is the 
calling party's long-distance provider. Covered providers are required 
to file quarterly reports and retain the call detail records for at 
least six calendar months. Qualifying providers may certify that they 
meet a Safe Harbor which reduces their reporting and retention 
obligations, or seek a waiver of these rules from the Wireline 
Competition Bureau, in consultation with the Enforcement Bureau. The 
Report and Order also adopts a rule prohibiting all originating and 
intermediate providers from causing audible ringing to be sent to the 
caller before the terminating provider has signaled that the called 
party is being alerted.
    On February 13, 2015, the Wireline Competition Bureau provided 
additional guidance regarding how providers must categorize 
information. The Commission also adopted an Order on Reconsideration 
addressing petitions for reconsideration. Reports have been due 
quarterly beginning with the second quarter of 2015.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/12/13  78 FR 21891
Public Notice.......................   05/07/13  78 FR 26572
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/28/13  .......................
R&O and FNPRM.......................   12/17/13  78 FR 76218
PRA 60 Day Notice...................   12/30/13  78 FR 79448
FNPRM Comment Period End............   02/18/14  .......................
PRA Comments Due....................   03/11/14  .......................
Public Notice.......................   05/06/14  79 FR 25682
Order on Reconsideration............   12/10/14  79 FR 73227
Erratum.............................   01/08/15  80 FR 1007
Public Notice.......................   03/04/15  80 FR 11954
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: E. Alex Espinoza, Attorney-Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-0849, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AJ89

470. Rates for Inmate Calling Services; WC Docket No. 12-375

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 to 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i) to (j); 47 
U.S.C. 225; 47 U.S.C. 276; 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 CFR 64
    Abstract: In the Report and Order portion of this document, the 
Federal Communications Commission adopts rule changes to ensure that 
rates for both interstate and intrastate inmate calling services (ICS) 
are fair, just, and reasonable, as required by statute, and limits 
ancillary service charges imposed by ICS providers. In the Report and 
Order, the Commission sets caps on all interstate and intrastate 
calling rates for ICS, establishes a tiered rate structure based on the 
size and type of facility being served, limits the types of ancillary 
services that ICS providers may charge for and caps the charges for 
permitted fees, bans flat-rate calling, facilitates access to ICS by 
people with disabilities by requiring providers to offer free or 
steeply discounted rates for calls using TTY, and imposes reporting and 
certification requirements to facilitate continued oversight of the ICS 
market. In the Further Notice portion of the item, the Commission seeks 
comment on ways to promote competition for ICS, video visitation,

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rates for international calls, and considers an array of solutions to 
further address areas of concern in the ICS industry. In an Order on 
Reconsideration, the Commission amends its rate caps and amends the 
definition of ``mandatory tax or mandatory fee.''
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/22/13  78 FR 4369
FNPRM...............................   11/13/13  78 FR 68005
R&O.................................   11/13/13  78 FR 67956
FNPRM Comment Period End............   12/20/13  .......................
Announcement of Effective Date......   06/20/14  79 FR 33709
2nd FNPRM...........................   11/21/14  79 FR 69682
2nd FNPRM Comment Period End........   01/15/15  .......................
2nd FNPRM Reply Comment Period End..   01/20/15  .......................
3rd FNPRM...........................   12/18/15  80 FR 79020
2nd R&O.............................   12/18/15  80 FR 79136
3rd FNPRM Comment Period End........   01/19/16  .......................
3rd FNPRM Reply Comment Period End..   02/08/16  .......................
Order on Reconsideration............   09/12/16  81 FR 62818
Announcement of OMB Approval........   03/01/17  82 FR 12182
Correction to Announcement of OMB      03/08/17  82 FR 12922
 Approval.
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Gil Strobel, Deputy Pricing Policy Division Chief, 
WCB, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, 
DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7084.
    RIN: 3060-AK08

471. Comprehensive Review of the Part 32 Uniform System of Accounts (WC 
Docket No. 14-130)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 201(b); 
47 U.S.C. 219; 47 U.S.C. 220
    Abstract: The Commission initiates a rulemaking proceeding to 
review the Uniform System of Accounts (USOA) to consider ways to 
minimize the compliance burdens on incumbent local exchange carriers 
while ensuring that the Agency retains access to the information it 
needs to fulfill its regulatory duties. In light of the Commission's 
actions in areas of price cap regulation, universal service reform, and 
intercarrier compensation reform, the Commission stated that it is 
likely appropriate to streamline the existing rules even though those 
reforms may not have eliminated the need for accounting data for some 
purposes. The Commission's analysis and proposals are divided into 
three parts. First, the Commission proposes to streamline the USOA 
accounting rules while preserving their existing structure. Second, the 
Commission seeks more focused comment on the accounting requirements 
needed for price cap carriers to address our statutory and regulatory 
obligations. Third, the Commission seeks comment on several related 
issues, including state requirements, rate effects, implementation, 
continuing property records, and legal authority.
    On February 23, 2017, the Commission adopted an Report and Order 
that revised the part 32 USOA to substantially reduce accounting 
burdens for both price cap and rate-of-return carriers. First, the 
Order streamlines the USOA for all carriers. In addition, the USOA will 
be aligned more closely with generally accepted accounting principles, 
or GAAP. Second, the Order allows price cap carriers to use GAAP for 
all regulatory accounting purposes as long as they comply with targeted 
accounting rules, which are designed to mitigate any impact on pole 
attachment rates. Alternatively, price cap carriers can elect to use 
GAAP accounting for all purposes other than those associated with pole 
attachment rates and continue to use the part 32 accounts for pole 
attachment rates for up to 12 years. Third, the Order addresses several 
miscellaneous issues, including referral to the Federal-State Joint 
Board on Separations the issue of examining jurisdictional separations 
rules in light of the reforms adopted to part 32.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/15/14  79 FR 54942
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/14/14  .......................
NPRM Reply Comment Period End.......   12/15/14  .......................
R&O.................................   04/04/17  82 FR 20833
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Robin Cohn, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-2747, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK20

472. Restoring Internet Freedom (WC Docket No. 17-108); Protecting and 
Promoting the Open Internet (GN Docket No. 14-28)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i) to (j); 47 U.S.C. 
201(b)
    Abstract: In May 2017, the Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes to restore the internet to a light-
touch regulatory framework by classifying broadband internet access 
service as an information service and seeks comment on the existing 
rules governing internet service providers' practices. The NPRM 
proposes to end title II regulation of the internet and return 
broadband internet access service to its longstanding classification as 
an information service; proposes to reinstate the determination that 
mobile broadband internet access service is not a commercial mobile 
service, and to return it to its original classification as a private 
mobile service; proposes to eliminate the internet conduct standard and 
the non-exhaustive list of factors intended to guide application of 
that standard; and seeks comment on whether the Commission should keep, 
modify, or eliminate the bright-line rules set forth in the title II 
Order.
    Previously, in February 2015, the Commission adopted a Report and 
Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling, and Order (Title II Order) that 
reclassified broadband internet access service under title II of the 
Communications Act. The Commission also adopted new bright-line rules 
under its Ttitle II authority, along with a general conduct standard 
applicable to broadband service providers, as well as additional 
reporting obligations. The rules became effective on June 12, 2015, 
with the exception of the additional reporting obligations, which 
became effective on January 17, 2017.
    In March 2017, the Commission adopted an Order granting a five-year 
waiver to broadband internet access service providers with 250,000 or 
fewer broadband connections from the additional reporting obligations.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/01/14  79 FR 37448
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/18/14  .......................
NPRM Reply Comment Period End.......   09/15/14  .......................

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R&O on Remand, Declaratory Ruling,     04/13/15  80 FR 19737
 and Order.
NPRM................................   06/02/17  82 FR 25568
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/03/17  .......................
Waiver Order 03/02/2017 (Not yet       11/00/18
 published).
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Melissa Kirkel, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th Street 
SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7958, Fax: 202 418-1413, 
Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK21

473. Technology Transitions; GN Docket No. 13-5, WC Docket No. 05-25

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 214; 47 U.S.C. 251
    Abstract: On April 20, 2017, the Commission adopted a Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking, Notice of Inquiry, and Request for Comment 
(Wireline Infrastructure Item) seeking input on a number of actions 
designed to accelerate (1) the deployment of next-generation networks 
and services by removing barriers to infrastructure investment at the 
Federal, State, and local level; (2) the transition from legacy copper 
networks and services to next-generation fiber-based networks and 
services; and (3) the reduction of Commission regulations that raise 
costs and slow, rather than facilitate, broadband deployment.
    The Wireline Infrastructure Item proposes revisions to the 
Commission's network change disclosure rules to allow providers greater 
flexibility in the copper retirement process and to reduce associated 
regulatory burdens, to facilitate more rapid deployment of next-
generation networks. It also seeks comment on streamlining and/or 
eliminating provisions of the more generally applicable network change 
notification rules. Additionally, the Wireline Infrastructure Item 
seeks comment on several targeted measures to shorten timeframes and 
eliminate unnecessary process encumbrances that force carriers to 
maintain legacy services they seek to discontinue including: (1) 
Proposing to reduce the public comment and automatic grant periods to a 
uniform 10 days and 25 days, respectively, for all applications seeking 
to grandfather legacy low-speed services, regardless of whether the 
provider filing the application is a dominant or non-dominant carrier; 
and (2) proposing to adopt streamlined, uniform public comment and 
automatic grant periods of 10 days and 31 days, respectively, for any 
application seeking authorization to discontinue legacy data services 
that have previously been grandfathered for a period of no less than 
180 days, regardless of whether the discontinuing carrier is dominant 
or non-dominant. The Wireline Infrastructure Item also seeks comment on 
other methods to streamline section 214(a) applications more generally, 
including reversal of the Commission's 2015 clarification'' of section 
214(a) that substantially expanded the scope of end users that a 
carrier must consider in determining whether it is required to obtain 
section 214 discontinuance authority. Additionally, the Wireline 
Infrastructure Item requests comment on whether the Commission should 
revisit its 2014 Declaratory Ruling and subsequent 2015 Order on 
Reconsideration expanding what constitutes a service for purposes of 
section 214(a) discontinuance review. Comments on all portions of the 
Wireline Infrastructure Item were due on June 15, 2017, and reply 
comments were due on July 17, 2017.
    Previously, in November 2014, the Commission adopted a Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking and Declaratory Ruling that (i) Proposed new backup 
power rules; (ii) proposed new or revised rules for copper retirements 
and service discontinuances; and (iii) adopted a functional test in 
determining what constitutes a service'' for purposes of section 214(a) 
discontinuance review. In August 2015, the Commission adopted a Report 
and Order, Order on Reconsideration, and Further Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking that: (i) Lengthened and revised the copper retirement 
process; (ii) determined that a carrier must obtain Commission approval 
before discontinuing a service used as a wholesale input if the 
carrier's actions will discontinue service to a carrier-customer's 
retail end users; (iii) Adopted an interim rule requiring incumbent 
LECs that seek to discontinue certain TDM-based wholesale services to 
commit to certain rates, terms, and conditions; (iv) proposed further 
revisions to the copper retirement discontinuance process; and (v) 
upheld the November 2014 Declaratory Ruling. In July 2016, the 
Commission adopted a Second Report and Order, Declaratory Ruling, and 
Order on Reconsideration that: (i) Adopted a new test for obtaining 
streamlined treatment when carriers seek Commission authorization to 
discontinue legacy services in favor of services based on newer 
technologies; (ii) set forth consumer education requirements for 
carriers seeking to discontinue legacy services in favor of services 
based on newer technologies; (iii) allowed notice to customers of 
discontinuance applications by email; (iv) required carriers to provide 
notice of discontinuance applications to Tribal entities; (v) made a 
technical rule change to create a new title for copper retirement 
notices and certifications; and (vi) harmonized the timeline for 
competitive LEC discontinuances caused by incumbent LEC network 
changes.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/06/15  80 FR 450
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/05/15  .......................
NPRM Reply Comment Period End.......   03/09/15  .......................
FNPRM...............................   09/25/15  80 FR 57768
R&O.................................   09/25/15  80 FR 57768
FNPRM Comment Period End............   10/26/15  .......................
FNPRM Reply Comment Period End......   11/24/15  .......................
2nd R&O.............................   09/12/16  81 FR 62632
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michele Levy Berlove, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-1477, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK32

474. Modernizing Common Carrier Rules, WC Docket No. 15-33

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 152(a); 47 U.S.C. 154(j); 
47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 160 to 161; 47 U.S.C. 201 to 205; 47 U.S.C. 
214; 47 U.S.C. 218 to 221; 47 U.S.C. 225 to 228; 47 U.S.C. 254; 47 
U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 308; 47 U.S.C. 403; 47 U.S.C. 410; 47 U.S.C. 571; 
47 U.S.C. 1302; 52 U.S.C. 30141
    Abstract: The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Notice) seeks to 
update our rules to better reflect current requirements and technology 
by removing outmoded regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations. 
The Notice proposes to update the CFR by (1) eliminating certain rules 
from which the Commission has forborn, and (2) eliminating references 
to telegraph

[[Page 2010]]

service in certain rules. We propose to eliminate several rules from 
which the Commission has granted unconditional forbearance for all 
carriers. These are: (1) Section 64.804(c)-(g), which governs a 
carrier's recordkeeping and other obligations when it extends to 
federal candidates unsecured credit for communications service; (2) 
sections 42.4, 42.5, and 42.7, which require carriers to preserve 
certain records; (3) section 64.301, which requires carriers to provide 
communications service to foreign governments for international 
communications; (4) section 64.501, governing telephone companies' 
obligations when recording telephone conversations; (5) section 
64.5001(a)-(c)(2), and (c)(4), which imposes certain reporting and 
certification requirements for prepaid calling card providers; and (6) 
section 64.1, governing traffic damage claims for carriers engaged in 
radio-telegraph, wire-telegraph, or ocean-cable service. We also 
propose to remove references to telegraph from certain sections of the 
Commission's rules. This proposal is consistent with Recommendation 
5.38 of the Process Reform Report. Specifically, we propose to remove 
telegraph from: (1) Section 36.126 (separations); (2) section 
54.706(a)(13) (universal service contributions); and (3) sections 
63.60(c), 63.61, 63.62, 63.65(a)(4), 63.500(g), 63.501(g), and 
63.504(k) (discontinuance).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/06/15  80 FR 25989
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Nirali Patel, Deputy Chief, Competition Policy 
Division, WCB, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7830, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK33

475. Numbering Policies for Modern Communications, WC Docket No. 13-97

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 153 to 154; 47 U.S.C. 201 
to 205; 47 U.S.C. 251; 47 U.S.C. 303(r)
    Abstract: This Order establishes a process to authorize 
interconnected VoIP providers to obtain North American Numbering Plan 
(NANP) telephone numbers directly from the numbering administrators, 
rather than through intermediaries. Section 52.15(g)(2)(i) of the 
Commission's rules limits access to telephone numbers to entities that 
demonstrate they are authorized to provide service in the area for 
which the numbers are being requested. The Commission has interpreted 
this rule as requiring evidence of either a state certificate of public 
convenience and necessity (CPCN) or a Commission license. Neither 
authorization is typically available in practice to interconnected VoIP 
providers. Thus, as a practical matter, generally only 
telecommunications carriers are able to provide the proof of 
authorization required under our rules, and thus able to obtain numbers 
directly from the numbering administrators. This Order establishes an 
authorization process to enable interconnected VoIP providers that 
choose direct access to request numbers directly from the numbering 
administrators. Next, the Order sets forth several conditions designed 
to minimize number exhaust and preserve the integrity of the numbering 
system.
    The Order requires interconnected VoIP providers obtaining numbers 
to comply with the same requirements applicable to carriers seeking to 
obtain numbers. These requirements include any state requirements 
pursuant to numbering authority delegated to the states by the 
Commission, as well as industry guidelines and practices, among others. 
The Order also requires interconnected VoIP providers to comply with 
facilities readiness requirements adapted to this context, and with 
numbering utilization and optimization requirements. As conditions to 
requesting and obtaining numbers directly from the numbering 
administrators, interconnected VoIP providers are also required to: (1) 
Provide the relevant State commissions with regulatory and numbering 
contacts when requesting numbers in those states; (2) request numbers 
from the numbering administrators under their own unique OCN; (3) file 
any requests for numbers with the relevant State commissions at least 
30 days prior to requesting numbers from the numbering administrators; 
and (4) provide customers with the opportunity to access all 
abbreviated dialing codes (N11 numbers) in use in a geographic area.
    Finally, the Order also modifies Commission's rules in order to 
permit VoIP Positioning Center (VPC) providers to obtain pseudo-
Automatic Number Identification (p-ANI) codes directly from the 
numbering administrators for purposes of providing E911 services.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/19/13  78 FR 36725
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/19/13  .......................
R&O.................................   10/29/15  80 FR 66454
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marilyn Jones, Senior Counsel, Federal 
Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th Street 
SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2357, Fax: 202 418-2345, 
Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK36

476. Implementation of the Universal Service Portions of the 1996 
Telecommunications Act

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 et seq.
    Abstract: The Telecommunications Act of 1996 expanded the 
traditional goal of universal service to include increased access to 
both telecommunications and advanced services such as high-speed 
internet for all consumers at just, reasonable and affordable rates. 
The Act established principles for universal service that specifically 
focused on increasing access to evolving services for consumers living 
in rural and insular areas, and for consumers with low-incomes. 
Additional principles called for increased access to high-speed 
internet in the nation's schools, libraries and rural health care 
facilities. The FCC established four programs within the Universal 
Service Fund to implement the statute: Connect America Fund (formally 
known as High-Cost Support) for rural areas; Lifeline (for low-income 
consumers), including initiatives to expand phone service for Native 
Americans; Schools and Libraries (E-rate); and Rural Health Care.
    The Universal Service Fund is paid for by contributions from 
telecommunications carriers, including wireline and wireless companies, 
and interconnected Voice over internet Protocol (VoIP) providers, 
including cable companies that provide voice service, based on an 
assessment on their interstate and international end-user revenues. The 
Universal Service Administrative Company, or USAC, administers the four 
programs and collects monies for the Universal Service Fund under the 
direction of the FCC.
    On December 20, 2016, the Commission adopted measures to

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address the significant demand for Alternative Connect America Cost 
Model (A-CAM) support.
    On March 2, 2017, the Commission implements Connect America Phase 
II auction in which service providers will compete to receive support 
to offer voice and broadband service in unserved high cost areas.
    On April 21, 2017, the Commission granted a Petition for 
Reconsideration filed by NTCA.
    On May 18, 2017, the Commission sought comments on whether to 
modify the methodology or eliminate the rate floor and related 
obligations.
    On June 8, 2017, the Commission amended section 54.600(a) of its 
rules defining health care provider under the Rural Health Care Program 
to include Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF's) as health care providers 
eligible to participate in the program.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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R&O and FNPRM.......................   01/13/17  82 FR 4275
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/13/17  .......................
NPRM Reply Comment Period End.......   02/27/17  .......................
R&O and Order on Recon..............   03/21/17  82 FR 14466
Order on Recon......................   05/19/17  82 FR 22901
Order on Recon......................   06/08/17  82 FR 26653
Memorandum, Opinion & Order.........   06/21/17  82 FR 228224
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Nakesha Woodward, Program Support Assistant, 
Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 
20554, Phone: 202 418-1502, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 3060-AK57.

[FR Doc. 2017-28244 Filed 1-11-18; 8:45 am]
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