FCC meeting for October going ahead as advertised


About the only difference between the official FCC announcement regarding the agenda for the October Open Meeting and the sneak preview is that this time we know when the meeting will begin. Scheduled to kick off 10/14/10, it features three agenda items, only one of which – a CableCARD R&O – of even peripheral interest to broadcasters.

From the FCC, here is the tentative agenda for October:

* Bill Shock NPRM:  A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on rules requiring mobile carriers to provide usage alerts and related information that will assist consumers in avoiding unexpected charges on their bills.

* Mobility Fund NPRM:  A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on a proposal to use recently reserved universal service funds to create a Mobility Fund to support private investment in current- (3G) and next-generation mobile services in areas where consumers currently lack such services.

* CableCARD Third R&O and Order on Reconsideration: A Third Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration that will make changes to the FCC’s CableCARD rules to improve the consumer experience with the video navigation devices used with cable services and promote the development of a competitive market for such devices.