Vol. 16, No. 42
November 16, 2020
INCOMPAS Election Impact Webinar Now On Demand
Last week, the INCOMPAS policy team hosted a webinar in which they discussed the impact of the 2020 election on tech and broadband policy.

If you missed it, the webinar is now available on-demand on the INCOMPAS YouTube channel.
FCC Issues Agenda for November 18 Open Meeting
The FCC finalized the agenda for its November 18 Open Meeting, during which it will consider:
  • Modernizing the 5.9 GHz Band – A First Report and Order, FNPRM and Order of Proposed Modification that would adopt rules to repurpose 45 megahertz of spectrum in the 5.850-5.895 GHz band for unlicensed operations, retain 30 megahertz of spectrum in the 5.895-5.925 GHz band for the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) service, and require the transition of the ITS radio service standard from Dedicated Short-Range Communications technology to Cellular Vehicle-to- Everything technology.
  • Further Streamlining of Satellite Regulations – A Report and Order that would streamline its satellite licensing rules by creating an optional framework for authorizing space stations and blanket-licensed earth stations through a unified license.
  • Facilitating Next-Generation Fixed-Satellite Services in the 17 GHz Band – An NPRM that would propose to add a new allocation in the 17.3-17.8 GHz band for Fixed-Satellite Service space-to-Earth downlinks and to adopt associated technical rules.
  • Expanding the Contribution Base for Accessible Communications Services – An NPRM that would propose expansion of the Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) Fund contribution base for supporting Video Relay Service (VRS) and Internet Protocol Relay Service (IP Relay) to include intrastate telecommunications revenue, as a way of strengthening the funding base for these forms of TRS and making it more equitable without increasing the size of the Fund itself.
  • Revising Rules for Resolution of Program Carriage Complaints – A Report and Order that would modify the Commission’s rules governing the resolution of program carriage disputes between video programming vendors and multichannel video programming distributors.

The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. and be broadcast live on www.fcc.gov/live.
Senate Commerce Committee to Consider Telecom Bills on Nov. 18
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation announced it will hold an executive session on November 18 to markup various legislation, including several telecommunications bills:
  • S. 1166, Internet Exchange Act of 2019
  • S. 4472, Ensuring Network Security Act
  • S. 4803, Beat China by Harnessing Important, National Airwaves (CHINA) for 5G Act of 2020
NARUC Adopts Resolutions on Inmate Calling, Outage Reporting
NARUC adopted two telecommunications resolutions at its November 2020 meeting:
  • One that draws attention to the ability of state legislatures and commissions to move to assure inmate calls are cost-based.
  • One urging the FCC to approve the NPRM for state public utility commissions and/or other state-identified state agencies to have direct and immediate secure access to state-specific Network Outage Reporting System and Disaster Information Reporting System filings.