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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

March 5, 1999

OPEN PROCEEDINGS


The following is a listing of current FCC Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) and Notices of Inquiry (NOIs) open for public comment, except routine petitions to amend the Table of Allotments. This listing also includes pertinent Public Notices (PNs) announcing comment subjects and dates. For additional information, contact Martha Contee, Public Service Division at (202) 418-0260, TTY (202) 418-2555, email mcontee@fcc.gov. Please note: as comment and reply comment periods expire, they are deleted from this listing. *Asterisk indicates comment period deadline is past, but reply comment period still is open.

COMMON CARRIER BUREAU

CC 96-115; Order 9/24/98 (adopted 9/23/98); FCC 98-239

Implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 - Telecommunications Carriers' Use of Customer Proprietary Network Information and Other Customer Information

Extended the deadline by which all telecommunications carriers must implement effective electronic safeguards to protect against unauthorized access to customer proprietary network information (CPNI). Deadline is now six months after the release date of the Commission's Order on reconsideration addressing CPNI issues in CC Docket No. 96-115.

CC 98-166; Order 11/16/98 (adopted 11/16/98); DA 98-2329

Prescribing the Authorized Unitary Rate of Return for Interstate Services of Local Exchange Carriers

Granted, to the extent indicated and otherwise denied, the United States Telephone Association's, National Telephone Cooperative Association's, National Rural Telecom Association's, Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telephone Companies', Independent Telephone and Telecommunications Alliance's and National Exchange Carrier Association, Inc.'s request for extension of time within which to file responses to the Commission's Notice Initiating a Prescription Proceeding and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in this proceeding. For the Prescription Proceeding, direct cases due on January 19, 1999*; responses due March 16, 1999; rebuttals due April 8, 1999. For the NPRM, comments due January 19, 1999* and reply comments due March 16, 1999.

CC 99-1; PN 1/4/99; DA 99-104

Petition of U S West Communications, Inc. for Forbearance from Regulation as a Dominant Carrier for High Capacity Services in Seattle, Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area - CC Docket No. 99-1 - Pleading Cycle Established

On December 30, 1998, U S West Communications, Inc. filed a petition requesting that the Commission exercise its authority to forbear from regulating U S West as a dominant carrier in the provision of high capacity special access and dedicated transport services in the Seattle, Washington metropolitan statistical area. In particular, U S West seeks forbearance so that, with respect to high capacity services in the Seattle, Washington MSA, it may geographically average its rates, file tariffs on one day's notice with a presumption of lawfulness, and offer contract-based pricing, volume and term discounts, and promotional options. Comments due February 18*; replies March 11. Contact: Joel Taubenblatt or Tamara Preiss at (202) 418-1520; TTY: (202) 418-0484.

CC 92-237; PN 1/7/99; DA 99-117

FCC Seeks Comment on Request for Expeditious Review of the Transfer of the Lockheed Martin Communications Industry Services Business - CC Docket No. 92-237

On December 21, 1998, Lockheed Martin IMS Corporation filed a Request for Expeditious Review of the Transfer of the Lockheed Martin Communications Industry Services Business to a new independent company, Warburg, Pincus & Co. The Common Carrier Bureau seeks input from the public on issues that the Commission should address in considering this matter. Issues and/or Questions due January 22*; comments on Lockheed Martin request due March 17. Contact: Kris Monteith at (202) 418-1520 or Jared Carlson or Jeannie Grimes at (202) 418-2320. TTY: (202) 418-0484.

Order 1/20/99 (adopted 1/19/99); DA 99-197

Petition for Forbearance of the Independent Telephone and Telecommunications Alliance

Extended by 90 days to May 18, the date by which a petition for forbearance requesting that the Commission forbear from applying nine regulations to mid-sized incumbent local exchange carriers serving fewer than two percent of the nation's access lines filed by the Independent Telephone and Telecommunications Alliance shall be deemed granted in the absence of a Commission decision that the petition fails to meet the standards for forbearance under Section 10(a) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

CC 99-224; PN 1/21/99; DA 99-224

Petition of Bell Atlantic Telephone Companies for Forbearance from Regulation as a Dominant Carrier in Delaware; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Washington, D.C.; Vermont; and Virginia - CC Docket No. 99-24 - Pleading Cycle Established

Bell Atlantic Telephone Companies filed a petition requesting that the Commission exercise its authority to forbear from applying Part 69 rate structure rules and Part 61 rate level rules to its special access services in 12 of the jurisdiction in which it provides special access rules. Bell Atlantic also asks the Commission to forbear from applying its tariff filing rules so as to permit Bell Atlantic to file tariffs for special access service on one day's notice. Comments due March 8; replies March 30. Contact: Steven Spaeth or Tamara Preiss at (202) 418-1520; TTY: (202) 418-0484.

BO Docket 99-11; PN 1/21/99; DA 99-201

Federal Communications Commission Will Hold a Series of Public Hearings on Telephone Service for Indians on Reservations and Seeks Comment from the General Public on All Testimony and Other Evidence Presented Therein: Reply Comment Date to Be Designated, if Necessary, at the Conclusion of the Hearing Cycle (BO Docket No. 99-11)

The FCC plans to hold several public hearings entitled: "Overcoming Obstacles to Telephone Service for Indians on Reservations". The first hearing will be held Friday, January 29, 1999, at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center at 2401 12th Street, N.W., Albuquerque, N.M. from 8:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The FCC is responding to concerns that Indians on reservations, in comparison to other Americans, receive fewer telephone services. At these hearings, the FCC seeks to learn the reasons for this lack of telephone service and to determine what specific actions the FCC might take to improve access to telephone service on Indian reservations. Comments due March 31, 1999. Contact: Eric Jensen, OCBO at (202) 418-0990; Bill Kehoe, CCB at (202) 418-7122.

PN 1/22/99; DA 99-228

ALLTEL Corporation Petitions for Waiver of Section 61.41 of the Commission's Rules - Pleading Cycle Established

On January 15, 1999, ALLTEL Corporation filed a petition requesting that the Commission waive sections 61.41(c)(1), (2), and (d) of the Commission's rules and any other necessary provisions of its rules, to permit the continued regulation of the ALLTEL incumbent local exchange companies as rate-of-return companies following its merger transactions with Aliant Communications, Inc., and to permit the Aliant subsidiary, Aliant Communications Co., to convert to rate-of-return regulation following the merger. Comments due February 21*; replies March 8. Contact: Renee Terry, Competitive Pricing Division at (202) 418-1520.

PN 1/29/99; DA 99-251

Comments Sought on Update of Cost Allocation Manual

On January 21, the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) filed an annual update to its Cost Allocation Manual (CAM) for the year ended December 31, 1998. Among other things, the updated CAM reflects additional activity centers created for services provided to the Universal Service Administration Company and Independent NECA Services, Inc. Comments due March 1*; replies March 15. Contact: Mark Stephens at (202) 418-0810; TTY: (202) 418-0484.

PN 2/4/99; DA 99-297

FCC Requests Proposals for Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) Fund Administrator and Comments on the Authorization of an Additional TRS Advisory Committee Member to Represent the Speech-Disabled Community

The Commission requests proposals from parties interested in being appointed TRS Fund administrator at the end of the current administrator's term, and comments on whether the Commission should authorize reimbursement of an additional TRS advisory committee member in the category for the hearing and speech disability community. Comments and proposals due February 26*; replies due March 12. Contact: Debra Sabourin at (202) 418-0976 or Marilyn Jones at (202) 418-2357; TTY: (202) 418-0484.

PN 2/5/99; DA 99-296

Commission Seeks Comment on Bell Atlantic's Progress Report on Compliance with Bell Atlantic/NYNEX Merger Order Conditions

On August 14, 1997, the Commission granted, subject to conditions,t eh applications filed by NYNEX Corporation and bell Atlantic Corporation pursuant to sections 214(a) and 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, for the transfer of control of certain licenses and authorizations from NYNEX to Bell Atlantic in connection with the merger of the two companies. The Commission's conditions included a number of requirements . On February 1, 1999, at the request of the Common Carrier Bureau, Bell Atlantic filed a report indicating its progress in implementing these conditions. The Commission is seeking comment regarding Bell Atlantic's compliance with the conditions. Comments due March 8; replies March 23. Contact: Anthony Dale, Accounting Safeguards Division at (202) 418-2260.

PN 2/9/99

Comment Sought on the Joint Petition of the State of Nebraska and U S West Communications, Inc. for Targeted InterLATA Relief

On January 15, 1999, the State of Nebraska and U S West Communications, Inc. filed a joint petition requesting a LATA modification of the LATA boundary between the Omaha, Nebraska, and Sioux City, Iowa, LATAs. Comments due March 8; replies March 22. Contact: Gregory Cook at (202) 418-2351 or Alan Thomas at (202) 418-2338; TTY: (202)

418-0484.

CC 96-34; PN 2/11/99; DA 99-259

Gila River Telecommunications, Inc. and Tohono O'Odham Utility Authority Petitions for Waiver of Section 54.403(a) of the Commission's Rules- Pleading Cycle Established - CC 96-45

On January 22, 1999, and January 26, 1999, Gila River Telecommunications, Inc. and Tohono O'odham Utility authority, respectively, filed separate petitions requesting waiver of section 54.403(a) of the Commission's rules to eliminate the prerequisite of state commission action, enabling Gila River and Tohono O'odham to receive an additional $3.50 in federal Lifeline support per Lifeline subscriber. Comments due March 4*; replies March 18. Contact: Mark Nadel, Accounting Policy Division at (202) 418-7400; TTY: (202) 418-0484.

CC 99-65; PN 2/16/99; DA 99-334

Petition of Ameritech for Forbearance from Dominant Carrier Regulation of its Provision of High Capacity Services in the Chicago LATA - CC Docket No. 99-65 - Pleading Cycle Established

On February 5, 1999, the Ameritech Operating Companies filed a petition requesting that the Commission exercise its authority to forbear from regulating Ameritech as a dominant carrier in the provision of high capacity special access and dedicated transport for switched access in the Chicago local access and transport area, pursuant to Section 10 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended by the Telecommunications Act of 1996. comments due March 31; replies April 21. Contact: Steven Spaeth or Tamara Preiss at (202) 418-1520; TTY: (202) 418-0484.

PN 2/17/99; DA 99-342

Common Carrier Bureau Seeks Comment on Compliance Deadline for Harmonization Order Regulations

On August 22, 1997, the Commission issued a Report and Order to amend Part 68 of the Commission's rules, to harmonize U.S. and Canadian regulations governing the manufacture of customer-provided terminal equipment. After receiving numerous queries from manufacturers, the Commission finds that clarification of the compliance requirements of this section may be necessary. The Commission seeks comment on whether the Commission should clarify section 68.2(j)(3) as requiring re-registration of previously registered equipment after May 19, 1999. Comments due March 5; replies March 12. (DA No. 99-342). Contact: David O. Ward at (202) 418-2336 or William Howden at (202) 418-2343; TTY: (202) 418-0484.

CC 92-237; PN 2/17/99; DA 99-347

FCC Seeks Comment on Request for Expeditious Review of the Transfer of the Lockheed Martin Communications Industry Services Business - CC Docket No. 92-237

The Common Carrier Bureau gives notice of the filing by Lockheed Martin IMS Corporation of responses to questions and/or issues concerning the Lockheed Martin Request for Expeditious Review of the Transfer of the Lockheed Martin Communications Industry Services Business to a new independent company, Warburg, Pincus & Co. The Bureau seeks comment on the Lockheed Martin Request, taking into account the Lockheed Martin Response and the Mitretek Answers. Comments due March 17. (DA No. 99-347). Contact: Kris Monteith at (202) 418-1520 or Jared Carlson or Jeannie Grimes at (202) 418-2320; TTY: (202) 418-0484.

CC 99-65; PN 2/16/99; DA 99-334

Petition of Ameritech for Forbearance from Dominant Carrier Regulation f its Provision of High Capacity Services in the Chicago LATA - CC Docket 99-65 - Pleading cycle Established

On February 5, 1999, the Ameritech Operating Companies filed a petition requesting that the Commission exercise its authority to forbear from regulating Ameritech as a dominant carrier in the provision of high capacity special access and dedicated transport for switched access int he chicago local access and transport area, pursuant to Section 10 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. Comments due March 31; replies April 12. Contact: Steven Spaeth or Tamara Preiss at (202) 418-1520; TTY: (202) 418-0484.

PN 2/18/99

Comment Sought on the BellSouth Request for Limited Modification of LATA Boundaries to Provide Expanded Local Calling Service Between Various Exchanges in North Carolina

On November 4, 1999, BellSouth Telecommunications and BellSouth Corporation filed a petition requesting modification of local access transport area boundaries to provide two-way, non-optional, flat-rated expanded local calling service between the Fairmont and Maxton, Parkton, Red Springs, and St. Paul exchanges in North Carolina. Comments due March 4*; replies March 18. Contact: Alan Thomas, Network Services Division at (202) 418-2338; TTY: (202) 418-2325.

PN 2/19/99; DA 99-355

Lattice Communications, LLC, Seeks Commission Determination of "Exempt Telecommunications Company" Status Under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, As Amended by Section 103 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996

On February 16, 1999, Lattice Communications, LLC, pursuant to Section 34(a)(1) of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, as added by Section 103 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Pub. L. No. 104-104, filed an application requesting a Commission determination that it is an exempt telephone company. Comments due March 10; replies March 17. Contact: Al McCloud, Network Services Division at (202) 418-2499.

PN 2/24/99; DA 99-370

SBC Files Revisions to Its Cost Allocation Manual - Public Comment Invited

On February 10, 1999, SBC Telecommunications, Inc., filed a revision to its Cost Allocation Manual. Comments due March 24; replies April 7. Contact: Mark Stephens at (202) 418-

0810; TTY: (202) 418-0484.

CC 96-45; PN 2/26/99; DA 99-399

Fort Mojave Telecommunications, Inc. and San Carlos Apache Telecommunications Utility, Inc. Petitions or Waiver of Section 54.403(a) of the Commission's Rules - Pleading Cycle Established

On February 12, 1999, and February 17, 1999, San Carlos apache Telecommunications Utility, Inc. and Fort Mojave Telecommunications, Inc., respectively, filed separate petitions requesting waiver of section 54.403(a) of the commission's rules to eliminate the prerequisite of state commission action, enabling San Carlos and Fort Mojave to receive an additional $3.50 in federal Lifeline support per Lifeline subscriber. Comments due March 19; replies April 2. Contact: Mark Nadel, Accounting Policy Division at (202) 418-7400; TTY: (202) 418-0484.

CC 99-69; CC 99-98; Declaratory Ruling in CC Docket No. 99-98 and NPRM in Rulemaking in CC Docket No. 99-68 2/26/99 (adopted 2/25/99); FCC 99-38

Implementation of the Local Competition Provisions in the Telecommunications Act of 1996/Inter-Carrier Compensation for ISP-bound Traffic

Concluded that parties should be bound by their existing interconnection agreements, as interpreted by state commissions. Sought comments on proposals to govern future compensation agreements. NPRM comment date: April 12; NPRM Reply comment date: April 27.

CC 99-35; Order 2/26/99 (adopted 2/26/99); DA 99-374

Long Term Telephone Number Portability Tariff Filings of Ameritech Operating Companies/GTE System Telephone Companies/GTE Telephone Operating Companies/Pacific Bell/Southwestern Bell Telephone Company

Designated for investigation various issues involved in the long-term telephone number portability tariff filings filed by incumbent local exchange carriers. Direct Cases: March 29; Oppositions/Comment Date: April 13; Rebuttal Date: April 23.

BO Docket 99-11; PN 3/1/99; DA 99-430

Federal Communications Commission Will Hold a Series of Public Hearings on Telephone Service for Indians on Reservations; Set for March 23 in Chandler Arizona.

Comment period closes May 28, 1999. Contact: Eric Jensen at (202) 418-0990 or Belford Lawson at (202) 418-7264.

INTERNATIONAL BUREAU

PN 2/8/99; DA 99-304

AirTouch Communications, Inc. Applies for Authority to Transfer Control of Its Licenses and Authorizations to Vodafone Group P.L.C.

AirTouch Communications, Inc. and Vodafone Group P.L.C. have filed applications pursuant to Sections 214 and 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended seeking Commission approval of the transfer of control to Vodafone of licenses and authorizations currently held directly and indirectly by AirTouch. Comments due March 10; oppositions due March 22; replies March 29. (DA No. 99-304). Contact: Jonathan Radin or Elizabeth Williams, Commercial Wireless Division at (202) 418-7240; JoAnna Lowry, International Bureau at (202) 418-1465.

PN 3/1/99; DA 99-419

International Bureau Issues Supplemental Comment Schedule for Application to Obtain Japan-US Submarine Cable Landing License

The International Bureau has pending before it the Japan-US Cable Network application to obtain a submarine cable landing license, In the Matter of AT&T Corp. et al., File No. SCL-LIC-19981117-00025. Comments filed in the proceeding raise issues whether grant of the application as filed would serve the public interest. The Bureau issues a supplemental comment schedule: comments due March 8; replies March 15. Contact: Dough Klein or Troy Tanner, Telecommunications Division at (202) 418-1470.

MASS MEDIA BUREAU

MM 98-204, MM 96-16; NPRM 11/20/98 (adopted 11/19/1998); FCC 98-305

Broadcast and Cable Equal Employment Opportunity Rules and Policies and Termination of the EEO Streamlining Proceeding

Requested comment concerning a new broadcast equal employment opportunity rule and policies consistent with the D.C. Circuit's decision in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Snyod v. FCC. Comments due January 19, 1999*; replies February 18, 1999.*

MM 98-204, MM 96-16; Order 1/5/99 (adopted 1/5/99); DA 99-105

Review of FCC's Broadcast and Cable EEO Rules

Extended reply comment date to February 18* and replies to March 23.

MM 98-204, MM 96-16; Order 2/12/99 (adopted 2/11/99); DA 99-326

Review of the Commission's Broadcast and Cable EEO Rules

Extended comment deadline to March 1*; replies to March 31.

MM 98-203; NPRM 11/23/98 (adopted 11/19/98); FCC 98-304

Ancillary or Supplementary Use of Digital Television Capacity by Noncommercial Licensees

Sought Comment on whether to impose limits on remunerative activities undertaken by noncommercial educational television licensees on their DTV capacity. Comments Due: January 28, 1999*; Reply Comments Due: March 1, 1999*.

MM 98-203; Order 1/28/99 (adopted 1/28/99); DA 99-255

Ancillary or Supplementary Use of Digital Television Capacity by Noncommercial Licensees

Granted Motion for Extension of Time filed by Association of America's Public Television Stations; extended time for filing comments to February 16* and replies to March 16.

MM 95-31; Order 12/3/98 (adopted 12/3/98); DA 98-2489

Reexamination of the Comparative Standards for Noncommercial Educational Applicants

Extended to January 28, 1999*, and March 15, 1999, the time for filing comments and replies, respectively re: the proceeding soliciting comment on proposed changes to the process used to select among competing applicants for noncommercial educational broadcast stations, on reserved and non-reserved channels.

MM 99-25; NPRM 2/3/99 (adopted 1/28/99); FCC 99-6

Creation of a Low Power Radio Service

Proposed to establish rules authorizing the operations of new, low power FM (LPFM) radio stations. Comments due April 12; replies May 12.

WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU

CC 95-116; MO&O 9/1/98 (adopted 9/1/98); DA 98-1763

Telephone Number Portability

Granted a petition filed by the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) requesting a nine-month stay of the requirement that all cellular, broadband personal communications service (PCS), and covered specialized mobile radio (SMR) carriers provide service provider number portability by June 30, 1999, while supporting nationwide roaming. The Bureau finds that extending the deadline from June 30, 1999 to March 31, 2000, is necessary to ensure the efficient development of wireless number portability.

WT 98-229; MO&O 12/15/98 (adopted 12/15/98); FCC 98-330

Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association's Petition for Forbearance From Commercial Mobile Radio Services Number Portability Obligations

The Commission extended until March 16, 1999, the date on which the petition for forbearance filed by the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association shall be granted in the absence of a Commission decision that the petition fails to meet the standards for forbearance under Section 10(a) of the Act.

PN 12/24/98; DA 98-2578; Report WT 98-45

Wireless Telecom Action - Public Safety National Plan Region 54 (Chicago) Announces an Application Filing window for the 821-824/866-869 MHz Bands

Region 54 announces a filing Window for submittal of radio channel allotment requests and license applications for radio frequencies in the 821-824/866-869 MHz band. Applications accepted through 2:00 p.m. C.S.T. on March 15, 1999. Contact: Mike Donatelli, Region 54 Secretary at (312) 746-9249.

PN 2/8/99; DA 99-305

Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Establishes Pleading Cycle for Pleadings Filed in Response to AirCell Order

On December 24, 1998, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau issued an order granting , in part, AirCell, Inc.'s Petition for Waiver. On January 25, 1999, various pleadings were filed in response to the AirCell Order. The deadline for filing Oppositions to these pleadings in February 19, 1999*; replies deadline is March 5, 1999. (DA No. 99-305). Contact: Steve Weingarten or Linda Chang at (202) 418-0620.

PN 2/8/99; DA 99-217

Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Seeks Comment on Request for Waiver by the Consortium Digital Microwave System, Regarding The Use of Private Operational-Fixed Microwave Facilities

On November 4, 1998, the Consortium Digital Microwave System, licensee of several private operational-fixed point-to-point microwave (POFM) stations in the 6 GHz band, filed a Request for Waiver of Section 101.603(b)(1) of the Commission's rules, which prohibits the use of POFM stations for provision of any kind of common carrier service. Comments due February 23*; replies March 5. (DA No. 99-217). Contact: Ronald E. Quirk, Jr., Policy and Rules Branch, Public Safety and Private Wireless Division at (202) 418-1793.

PN 2/10/99; DA 99-303

Aliant Communications, Inc. Seeks FCC Consent for Transfer of Control to Alltel Corporation

Aliant Communications, Inc. and ALLTEL Corporation filed applications pursuant to Sections 214 and 310 of the Communications Act, as amended, seeking Commission consent to transfer control to ALLTEL of licenses and authorizations held directly or indirectly by Aliant. Comments due March 12; oppositions due March 23; replies to oppositions due March 30.

PN 2/17/99; DA 99-354

Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Public Safety and Private Wireless Division - WNP Communications, Inc. and PCO Acquisition Corp. Seek FCC Consent for Assignment of Authorizations

WNP Communications, Inc. and PCO Acquisition Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of NEXTLINK Communications, Inc., have filed an application under Section 310(d) of the Communications Act requesting Commission approval of the assignment from WNP to PCO of the Local Multipoint distribution Service licenses held by WNP. Comments due March 19; oppositions and other replies due March 29. Contact: Ramona Melson, Public Safety and Private Wireless Division at (202) 418-0680.

PN 2/18/99; DA 99-357

Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Establishes Pleading Cycle for Requests for Authorization to Participate in the AirCell System

On December 24, 1998, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau issued an order granting, in part, AirCell, Inc.'s Petition for Waiver involving section 22.925 of the Commission's rules. on February 5, 1999, various other companies filed requests for a waiver of section 22.925 and for authorization to participate in the AirCell system. Deadline for filing oppositions to these waiver requests is March 5. Contact: Steve Weingarten or Linda Chang, Commercial Wireless Division at (202) 418-0620.

WT 99-66; NPRM 2/24/99 (adopted 2/12/99); FCC 99-23

Amendment of Parts 2 and 95 to Establish a Medical Implant Communications Service

Proposed allocating 402-405 MHz band for this service on a shared basis. Comments due April 9, replies April 26.

OFFICE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY

ET 98-206

Parts 2 and 25 of the Commission's Rules

Proposed to permit non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO )fixed-satellite service (FSS) operations in certain segments of the Ku-band and proposed policies to govern such operations. Also proposed or sought comment on, technical criteria to ensure that such NGSO FSS operations do not cause unacceptable interference to existing users or do not unduly constrain future growth of incumbent services. Comments Due: February 16, 1999*; Reply Comments Due: March 15, 1999.

ET 98-206; Order 2/5/99 (adopted 2/4/99); DA 99-284

Rules to Permit Operation of NGSO and FSS Systems Co-Frequency with GSO and Terrestrial Systems in the KU-Band Frequency Range

Extended comment date to March 2* and reply comment date to March 29.

ET 95-18; MO&O/3rd NPRM/Order 11/25/98 (adopted 11/19/98); FCC 98-309

Amendment of Section 2.106 of the Commission's Rules to Allocate Spectrum at 2GHz for Use by the Mobile-Satellite Service

Disposed of two petitions for reconsideration and one petition for clarification of the First Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making, affirming the FCC's allocation of the 1990-2025 MHz and 2165-2200 MHz bands to the Mobile-Satellite Service. Comments due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register; replies due 60* days after publication in the Federal Register.

Order 1/19/99 (adopted 1/15/99); DA 99-179

Amendment of Section 2.106 of the Commission's Rules to Allocate Spectrum at 2 GHz for Use by the Mobile-Satellite Service

Extended comments in this proceeding to February 3*; reply comments to March 15.

ET 99-34; NPRM 2/3/99 (adopted 1/28/99); FCC 99-8

In the Matter of an Industry Coordination Committee System for Broadcast Digital Television Service

The Commission seeks comment on the establishment of an industry coordination committee to assist the Commission in the implementation of digital television (DTV) service, and specifically requests comment on proposals addressing certain issues. Comments due March 29; replies April 28.

OFFICE OF THE MANAGING DIRECTOR

MD 98-200; NOI 12/4/98 (adopted 11/10/98); FCC 98-298

Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 1999

The Commission began a rulemaking proceeding seeking comments and suggestions for revising its Schedule of Regulatory Fees in order to recover the amount of regulatory fees that Congress requires it to collect for Fiscal Year 1999. OMD Contact: Fee Hotline at (202) 418-0192.