FCC announces July open meeting agenda


FCCOnce again, the FCC will host an open meeting with minimal broadcast material on the agenda. Broadcasters figure in the FCC’s latest report on video distribution, but with most important broadcast items still at the work-in-progress stage, there is no threat of any new regulation.

The meeting is scheduled for Friday, July 19, 2013.

The FCC just provided an update on the status of the incentive auction proceeding, and is still accepting comments on the other two big proceedings, the quadrennial review and the indecency proceeding.

From the FCC, here’s what’s percolating:

* 15th Annual Video Competition Report: The Commission will consider a Report on the status of competition in the market for the delivery of video programming.

* Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech Services for Individuals with Hearing and Speech Disabilities: The Commission will consider a Report and Order addressing mandatory minimum standards applicable to the Speech-to-Speech Relay program and a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking input on ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of this program.

* Modernizing the E-Rate Program for Schools and Libraries: The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to modernize the Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support mechanism (the E-rate program) to support high-speed broadband for digital learning technologies and ensure all students, teachers, and library patrons have the tools they need to succeed in the 21st century.

* Update on the Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA): In recognition of the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau will provide a report on the Commission’s implementation of the CVAA since its passage in 2010.