United States: FCC January meeting agenda includes disclosure proposals for all broadband providers

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More information on the January meeting agenda items can be found after the break:

Empowering broadband consumers through transparency – The ISP NPRM would propose rules to implement certain provisions of the Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act (“Infrastructure Act”). Specifically, Section 60504 of the Infrastructure Act directs the Commission to “promulgate regulations to require the display of broadband consumer labels” to “disclose to consumers information regarding service plans of ‘High Speed ​​Internet Access”. Pursuant to this statutory mandate, ISP NPRM would offer consumer-facing labels pursuant to a 2016 public notice (DA 16-357). In the 2016 public notice, the Commission set out various information to be provided to consumers regarding fixed and mobile broadband services, including information on prices, data allowances, broadband speeds, management practices network and costs. The Commission would also like to receive comments on the following questions: whether changes should be made to the content of the consumer labels contained in the 2016 public notice; where consumer labels should be displayed; how to ensure the accuracy of label content; and the effective date of the labeling requirements.

Connect Tribal Libraries – The E-Rate Tribal Order Amend sections 54.500 and 54.501(b)(1) of the FCC rules to clarify that tribal libraries are eligible for e-tariff support. Pursuant to Section 254(h)(4) of the Communications Act 1934, as amended, a library may not receive preferential treatment or rates (as under the E-rate scheme) at unless she is eligible for assistance from a state administrative library. agency under the Library Services and Technology Act (“LSTA”). The FCC’s amended rule would comply with a 2018 amendment to the LSTA that provided that tribal libraries are eligible for assistance from a state library administrative agency. The Commission’s planned clarification regarding the eligibility of tribal libraries for E-Rate support aims to increase the participation of tribal libraries in the E-Rate program and lead to more affordable access to broadband and a reduction in the digital divide. in tribal areas. The E-Rate Tribal Ordinance would also direct the Office of Native Affairs and Policy and the Bureau of Wireline Competition, as well as the Tribal Liaison of the Universal Service Administrative Corporation, to focus on outreach efforts and the formation of tribal libraries. Finally, the Commission would implement measures to monitor the participation of tribal libraries in the E-rate program.

Facilitate better use of the “white space” spectrum – The White space order revise the technical requirements governing how white space devices and white space databases work together to ensure that the licensed operation of wireless microphones is not subject to harmful interference. Under Part 15 of the FCC Rules, unlicensed devices may operate on unused channels in the television broadcast spectrum and in certain other areas of the spectrum where licensed wireless operations have not commenced ( commonly referred to as white spaces), as long as they do not cause interference damage. In order to avoid harmful interference, white space devices must contact a white space database (administered by private entities designated by the Commission) at least once a day to obtain a list of available channels and the associated maximum power level for these channels. In 2015, the FCC passed rules to further protect the operation of licensed wireless microphones by requiring white space databases to transmit channel availability changes to white space devices. In response to petitions claiming that push notification is cumbersome and technically impractical, the FCC would replace this requirement with a requirement for white space devices to check the white space database once per hour to protect wireless microphones licensed. In addition, the White Space Order would deny a request to reconsider the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology’s approval of Nominet UK (now RED Technologies) as a Spaces Database Administrator. whites.

Updated Equipment Authorization Rules – The NPRM equipment would propose updating the equipment authorization rules to refer to the new technical standards. The Commission’s equipment authorization procedures ensure that radio frequency devices operate without causing harmful interference. The FCC rules governing the authorization of radio frequency device equipment incorporate several standards established by industry standards organizations, such as the American National Standards Institute (“ANSI”) and the International standardization (“ISO”). The Equipment NPRM would focus on the standards referenced in the Commission’s Equipment Authorization Rules that relate to the testing of equipment and the accreditation of laboratories that test devices. at radio frequency. In particular, the Equipment NPRM would seek comments on the following: (1) incorporation of “American National Standards Validation Methods for Radiated Emissions Test Sites; 1 GHz to 18 GHz” (ANSI C63 .25.1:2018) as a new technical standard; (2) referencing a more recent version of the “US National Standards of Procedures for Compliance Testing of Unlicensed Wireless Devices” (ANSI C63.10:2020); and (3) transition to “Conformity assessment – Requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies” (ISO/IEC 17011:2017) and “General requirements for the competence of testing laboratories and calibration” (ISO/IEC 17025:2017).

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