FCC Releases Agenda and Draft Proposals for December Open Commission Meeting

The Federal Communications Commission has announced the agenda for its December 14, 2021 Open Commission Meeting. The FCC publicly releases the draft text of each item expected to be considered at the next Open Commission Meeting, which are available here.

The FCC is expected to vote on whether to adopt the following:

Improving Accessibility and Clarity of Emergency Alerts – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and a Notice of Inquiry to improve clarity and accessibility of Emergency Alert System (EAS) visual messages to the public, including for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, and others who are unable to access the audio message.  (PS Docket No. 15-94)

Facilitating Satellite Broadband Competition – The Commission will consider an Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would propose revisions to the Commission’s rules for spectrum sharing among low-earth orbit satellite systems.  The goal of the proposed revisions is to facilitate the deployment of the new generation of non-geostationary satellite orbit, fixed-satellite service (NGSO FSS) systems, including new competitors.  (IB Docket No. 21-456; RM-11855) 

Promoting Fair and Open Competitive Bidding in the E-Rate Program – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes to implement a central bidding portal through which service providers would be required to submit their bids to the E-Rate Program Administrator and seeks comment on other changes to the E-Rate competitive bidding rules.  (WC Docket 21-455)

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