The Regulatory Mix, TMI’s daily blog of regulatory activities, is a snapshot of PUC, FCC, legislative, and occasionally court, issues that our regulatory monitoring team uncovers each day. Depending on their significance, some items may be the subject of a TMI Regulatory Bulletin.
October Open Meeting
The FCC announced the tentative agenda for its next open meeting scheduled for October 17, 2014. At the meeting, the FCC will hear a presentation regarding an inquiry into a major 911 service outage that affected seven states in April 2014. The presentation will include findings from a report on the causes and effects of the outage as well as recommendations on actions the industry, the FCC, and state governments can take to strengthen the reliability and resiliency of 911 services as the nation transitions to Next Generation 911.
The FCC will also consider items addressing the use of spectrum above 24 GHz for mobile wireless services; deployment of wireless infrastructure; broadcaster-to-broadcaster interference; and the final conversion of low power TV and TV translator stations to digital service.
The FCC announced that, due to technical issues that required it to make its Form 477 Filing Interface “temporarily inaccessible,” it would be extending the deadline for submitting Form 477 data. The FCC said it would announce a new filing deadline once the site reopens. The Form (with data as of June 30, 2014) was originally due by October 1, 2014.
Open Internet/Net Neutrality
The FCC released the names of the panelists and other information about the final event in its Open Internet roundtable series: “Internet Openness and the Law,” which will take place on October 7, 2014. The first roundtable on “Sources of Legal Authority” will discuss the sources of authority on which the FCC could ground Open Internet rules, including a range of approaches relying on Section 706, Title II, and other possible sources of authority. The second roundtable on “Construction of Legally Sustainable Rules” will consider additional legal issues, including constitutional considerations, the nature of common-carriage regulation, and approaches to agency rulemaking and adjudication using tools like prescriptive rules, legal standards, prohibitions, and presumptions to protect and promote Internet openness. The roundtable is open to the public and will be streamed live at http://www.fcc.gov/live. Suggested questions may be submitted in advance and during the roundtable by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter using the hashtag #FCCRoundtables.