FCC’s November 18 Open Meeting Agenda, Senator Graham Strongly Opposes FCC Nominee


FCC’s November 18 Open Meeting Agenda

The FCC will hold an open meeting on November 18.  Preliminarily, issues to be considered include: 

  • Enabling Text-to-988by considering a Second Report and Order that would require covered text providers to support text messaging to 988 by routing certain text messages sent to 988 to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline by July 16, 2022. 
  • Promoting Competition by Small Carriers and Tribal Nations by considering a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing an Enhanced Competition Incentive Program and other rule changes intended to promote competition, access to spectrum by small carriers and Tribal Nations, and expanded rural wireless coverage.
  • Updating FM Radio Directional Antenna Verification by considering a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to allow applicants proposing directional FM antennas the option of verifying the directional antenna pattern through computer modeling. 
  • Considering Kinéis Low-Earth Orbit Satellites Market Access by discussing an Order and Declaratory Ruling on Kinéis’ petition to access the U.S. market using a low-earth orbit satellite system to provide connectivity for Internet of Things devices, as well as enhancements to maritime domain awareness through monitoring of maritime communications. 

Senator Graham Strongly Opposes FCC Nominee 

United States Senator (R-S.C.) , Lindsey Graham had strong words about the Biden administration’s nomination of Gigi Sohn for the Federal Communications Commission.  Graham tweeted that “Gigi Sohn is a complete political ideologue who has disdain for conservatives. She would be a complete nightmare for the country when it comes to regulating the public airwaves.” He further wrote, “While I have been deferential to all presidents when it comes to picking their team, I have also pushed back on unqualified nominees and hacks.” “I will do everything in my power to convince colleagues on both sides of the aisle to reject this extreme nominee.”  


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