June Broadcast Snoozer at the FCC


FCCAre you a broadcaster who was thinking about a June vacation but is holding off on the chance that the FCC might do something which could affect your business? Just go ahead and book your flight and reserve your lodgings.

The FCC will be looking at VoIP, Lifeline and robocalls.

There is neither hide nor hair of an issue of even remote interest to broadcasters.

The meeting is on the calendar for Thursday, 6/18/15 at 10:30 AM eastern.

Here, from the FCC, is what’s on the menu.

Direct Access to Numbers for Interconnected VoIP Providers:  The Commission will consider a Report and Order that will facilitate innovative technologies and services by establishing a process to authorize interconnected VoIP providers to obtain telephone numbers directly from the Numbering Administrators, rather than through intermediaries.

Lifeline Reform and Modernization:  In order to comprehensively restructure and modernize the Lifeline program to efficiently and effectively connect low-income Americans to broadband, strengthen program oversight and administration, and take additional measures to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse, the Commission will consider a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Order on Reconsideration, Second Report and Order, and Memorandum Opinion and Order.

Protecting Consumers Against Unwanted Robocalls: The Commission will consider a Declaratory Ruling and Order reaffirming the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s protections against unwanted robocalls, encouraging pro-consumer uses of robocall technology, and responding to a number of requests for clarity from businesses and other callers.