Here’s What Set For The FCC’s May Open Meeting


The elimination of the main studio rule — along with consideration of a Public Notice that would launch a review of the Commission’s rules applicable to media entities and seek comment on what rules should be modified or repealed — are on the agenda for the Commission’s Open Meeting scheduled for May 18.

The meeting is scheduled to commence at 10:30am in Room TW-C305 of the Portals, at 445 12th Street, S.W.

Items 4 and 5 are the Media Bureau matters.

Item 4 will see the commission launch its “Modernization of Media Regulation” initiative (MB Docket No. 17-105).

The second item, MB Docket No. 17-106, will see the consideration by the FCC of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would propose to eliminate the Commission’s main studio rule, based on a tentative finding that the rule is now outdated and unnecessarily burdensome for broadcast stations.

Right after that is the much-discussed “Restoring Internet Freedom” NPRM (WC Docket No. 17-108). This will see the Commission consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would propose to restore the Internet to a light-touch regulatory framework by classifying broadband Internet access service as an information service and by seeking comment on the existing rules governing Internet service providers’ practices.

On the Consent Agenda is consideration of an order adopting a Consent Decree which resolves issues regarding potential violations of the Commission’s rules and grants the license renewal application of WFXU-TV in Live Oak, Fla.