FCC tees up broadcast-free May meeting agenda


It’s all tentative, ladies and gentlemen, and once again, the FCC topic slate for its Open Meeting on 5/12/11 has nothing – and we mean nothing – of interest for broadcasters. If you are of the opinion that no news is good news, then this will be the FCC meeting for you.

One of the planks adds outage reporting requirements to providers of voice over the internet and broadband. The other two pertain to international telephone traffic. Snooze.

Here is the total package for the date – this is the last you need to think about it. We’ll let you know if the broadcast action will pick up in June, a little further down the road.

* NPRM to Strengthen and Secure America’s Critical Communications Infrastructure:  A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to extend the outage reporting requirements in Part 4 of the rules to interconnected VoIP and broadband service providers to promote the resiliency of America’s 9-1-1 system and the country’s critical communications infrastructure.

* Elimination of the International Settlements Policy NPRM: As part of the Commission’s regulatory reform efforts, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to remove outdated regulations governing the exchange of telephone traffic between U.S. and foreign carriers that are no longer necessary to protect consumers and competition, while strengthening protections against anticompetitive practices by foreign carriers.

* Streamlining and Modernizing International Data Reporting Requirements First Report and Order and FNPRM:  As part of the Commission’s Data Innovation Initiative, a First Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to eliminate unnecessary reporting requirements regarding international telephone service, while streamlining and modernizing remaining international data reporting to ensure continued relevance in light of changing markets.