October FCC meeting gives broadcast a break


FCCBroadcasters have been an occasional key part of the FCC’s open meetings under the gavel of Chairman Julius Genachowski, and the October 2012 meeting will not be one of those occasions.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 10/17/12 at 10:30 eastern.

International telecommunications, public safety and robocalls, and wireless telecommunications in the 2.3 GHz band will be the topics under consideration.

The FCC just took action on incentive auctions of television spectrum during the September meeting; other pending issues, most notably the quadrennial review, will remain pending.
From the FCC, here are the details of the October agenda.

TITLE: Reporting Requirements for U.S. Providers of International Telecommunications Services (IB Docket No. 04-112); Amendment of Part 43 of the Commission’s Rules
SUMMARY:  The Commission will consider a Second Report and Order to streamline reporting requirements for international phone traffic, significantly reducing overall filing burdens while ensuring collection of the data needed to protect consumers and competition in international markets.

TITLE:  Implementation of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (CG Docket No. 12-129); Establishment of a Public Safety Answering Point Do-Not-Call Registry
SUMMARY:  The Commission will consider a Report and Order that protects Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) from autodialed calls, which can tie up emergency-service telephone lines, by adopting rules that create a do-not-call registry of PSAP telephone numbers, prohibit autodialed non-emergency calls to those numbers, and  implement specific monetary penalties for autodialing or disclosing registered PSAP numbers. These rules are mandated by the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.

TITLE:  Amendment of Part 27 of the Commission’s Rules to Govern the Operation of Wireless Communications Services in the 2.3 GHz Band (WT Docket No. 07-293); Establishment of Rules and Policies for the Digital Audio Radio Satellite Service in the 2310-2360 MHz Frequency Band (IB Docket No. 95-91)
SUMMARY:  The Commission will consider an Order on Reconsideration that revises the WCS rules to facilitate use of 30 megahertz of spectrum for wireless broadband service while protecting SDARS against harmful interference.