FCC October meeting gives broadcasters another break


When the FCC commissioners convene 10/14/10 for the October Open Meeting, they will have three topics on the agenda. One of them will involve set-top boxes and is of interest to the CATV industry, and the other two are related to mobile services.

On top of that, the November meeting is being delayed. Originally on the schedule for the beginning of the month, it has gone to the other extreme, moving from 11/4/10 to 11/30/10.

From the FCC, here is the tentative agenda for October:

* Bill Shock NPRM:  A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on rules requiring mobile carriers to provide usage alerts and related information that will assist consumers in avoiding unexpected charges on their bills.

* Mobility Fund NPRM:  A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on a proposal to use recently reserved universal service funds to create a Mobility Fund to support private investment in current- (3G) and next-generation mobile services in areas where consumers currently lack such services.

* CableCARD Third R&O and Order on Reconsideration: A Third Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration that will make changes to the FCC’s CableCARD rules to improve the consumer experience with the video navigation devices used with cable services and promote the development of a competitive market for such devices.