The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has released the tentative agenda for its December 2019 Open Meeting, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. EST. Open Meetings are streamed live at www.fcc.gov/live and can be followed on social media with #OpenMtgFCC. The tentative agenda includes the following items:
988: Suicide Prevention Hotline Number – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would propose to designate 988 as the 3-digit number for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. (WC Docket No. 18-336).
5.9 GHz Band Spectrum Use – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would take a fresh and comprehensive look at the rules for the 5.9 GHz band and propose, among other things, to make the lower 45 MHz of the band available for unlicensed operations and to permit Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) operations in the upper 20 megahertz of the band. (ET Docket No. 19-138).
Facilitating Shared Use in the 3.1-3.55 GHz Band – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would seek comment on removing the existing non-federal allocations in the 3.3-3.55 GHz band as a step towards potential future shared use between federal incumbents and commercial users. (WT Docket No. 19-348).
VoIP Symmetry – The Commission will consider an Order on Remand and Declaratory Ruling that would promote continued investment in IP-based networks by clarifying that a local exchange carrier partnering with a VoIP provider may assess end office switched access charges only if the carrier or its VoIP partner provides a physical connection to the last-mile facilities used to serve the end user. (WC Docket No. 10-90, CC Docket No. 01-92).
Cable Service Change Notifications – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would seek comment on modernizing requirements for notices cable operators must provide consumers and local franchise authorities. (MB Docket Nos. 19-347, 17-105).
Noncommercial & Low Power FM Station Licensing – The Commission will consider a Report and Order that would revise the Commission’s Noncommercial Educational Broadcast Station and Low Power FM Station comparative processing and licensing rules. (MB Docket No. 19-3).
Enforcement Bureau Actions – The Commission will consider three enforcement actions.