The FCC has published the tentative agenda for its December 2023 Open Meeting. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13, at 10:30 a.m. EST, and will be livestreamed at www.fcc.gov/live and available on the FCC’s YouTube channel. The agenda includes the following items:
Protecting Consumers from Early Termination and Billing Cycle Fees (MB Docket No. 23-405) – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would adopt rules to protect consumers from video service junk fees, including early termination fees and billing cycle fees.
Targeting and Eliminating Unlawful Text Messages (CG Docket Nos. 21-402, 02-278, 17-59) – The Commission will consider a Second Report and Order, Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Waiver Order to combat illegal robotexts by facilitating blocking of illegal robotexts, codifying do-not-call rules for texting, and closing a loophole that allows certain callers to inundate consumers with unwanted robocalls and robotexts. The item also seeks comment on further efforts to combat illegal robocalls and robotexts.
Achieving 100% Wireless Handset Model Hearing Aid Compatibility (WT Docket No. 23-388) – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that tentatively concludes that hearing aid compatibility for 100 percent of wireless handsets models is an achievable objective and seeks comment on proposals to implement this requirement.
Faster Pole Attachment Processes for Broadband Deployment (WC Docket No. 17-84) – The Commission will consider a Fourth Report and Order, Declaratory Ruling, and Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to promote the deployment of broadband infrastructure by making the pole attachment process faster, more transparent, and more cost-effective by adopting rules allowing for faster resolution of pole attachment disputes and providing pole attachers with more detailed information about the poles they plan to use as part of their broadband buildouts. The Commission will also seek comment on ways to further facilitate the approval process for pole attachment applications and make ready to enable quicker broadband deployment.
Improving the Rural Health Care Program (WC Docket No. 17-310) – The Commission will consider a Third Report and Order to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Rural Health Care Program. The improvements under consideration would reduce burdens on, and enhance flexibility for, program participants, simplify existing program rules, and free up for other uses unclaimed program support.
Data Breach Notification Rules (WC Docket No. 22-21) – The Commission will consider a Report and Order to update the Commission’s data breach notification rules in order to ensure that providers are held accountable in their obligations to safeguard sensitive customer information, and provide customers with the tools needed to protect themselves in the event that their data is compromised.
Implementing the Low Power Protection Act (MB Docket No. 23-126) – The Commission will consider a Report and Order to implement the Low Power Protection Act by providing eligible low-power television stations with an opportunity to apply for primary status and protect their ability to deliver local programming.
The Commission will also consider an enforcement action.