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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).

May 21, 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.

CABLE SERVICES BUREAU

PN 5/3; DA 99-822

CBS Corporation Requests Clarification of Commission's Closed Captioning Rules

The Commission received a Request for Clarification filed by CBS Corporation regarding closed captioning of program providers that used electronic newsroom (ENR) captioning during the first six months of 1997. Comments due June 2; reply comments due June 12. Contact: Imani K. Ellis-Cheek at (202) 418-1028, TTY: (202) 418-7172. News Media Contact: Morgan Broman (202) 418-2358.

PN 5/5; DA 99-839

Cable Services Action - Petitions Seeking Declaratory Rulings That Certain Restrictions of Homeowners Associations are Preempted by the Commission's Over-the-Air Reception Devices Rule

The Commission has received two Petitions for Declaratory Rulings, both asking the Commission to determine whether covenants restricting installation and placement of television antennas and satellite dishes are preempted by Section 1.4000 of the Commission's rules. One Petition involves the Meadow Community Service Association's covenants (The Meadow, New Market, MD) and the other involves the Crooked Creek Villages Homeowners' Association, Inc's covenants (Crooked Creek, Indianapolis, IN). Comments for both due June 4; replies June 21. Contact: Eloise Gore at (202) 418-1066; Roberto Rodas at (202) 418-1024. News Media Contact: Morgan Broman (202) 418-2358.

COMMON CARRIER BUREAU

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.

Order 3/5/99 (adopted 3/5/99); DA 99-463

Comsat Mobil Communications Request for Extension of Time for Filing Cost Allocation Manual Audit Report

Granted pursuant to Sections 0.91, 0291, and 1.46 of the Commission's Rules CMC's request for an extension of time until June 1, 1999, to file its independent cost allocation manual audit report.

CC 97-172; Order 3/8/99 (adopted 3/8/99); DA 99-468

Petition of US West Communications, Inc. for Forbearance

Extended to June 9, 1999, the date on which the petition seeking forbearance filed by US West shall be deemed granted in absence of a Commission denial of the petition for failure to meet the statutory requirements for forbearance.

CC 96-45; PN 3/16/99; DA 99-459

Common Carrier Bureau Sends Updated Lists of Rural and Non-Rural Telephone Companies to the Universal Service Administrative Company and Changes 1999 Self-Certification Filing Deadline

On May 8, 1997, the Commission established in the Universal Service Order that rural and non-rural local exchange carriers (LECs) will receive federal universal service support determined by separate mechanisms. This PN revises the annual deadline for local exchange carriers to be classified as rural telephone companies to file letters certifying that they meet the statutory definition of rural telephone company. The new deadline for filing self-certification letters with the Commission is July 1 of each year. Contact: Adrian Wright, Accounting Policy Division at (202) 418-7400.

PN 4/13; DA 99-704

U S West Petitions to Establish Part 69 Rate Elements Offer Switched Access Transport In Conjunction with Managed Bandwidth SONET Service - Pleading Cycle Established

On April 7, 1999, U S West Communications, Inc. (U S West) filed an Expedited Petition to Establish Part 69 Rate Elements to Offer Switched Access Transport in Conjunction with Managed Bandwidth SONET Service. U S West requests authority to establish eight new rate elements to enable it to offer its customers the transport of switched access service using MBSS Synchronous Optical Network (SONET)- based services. Comments due May 13*; replies May 28. Contact: Renee Terry, Competitive Pricing Division at (202) 418-1520.

PN 4/15; DA 99-725

Common Carrier Bureau Seeks Comment on the Florida Public Service Commission's Petition for Authority to Implement Number Conservation Measures - Pleading Cycle Established

On April 2, 1999, the Florida Public Service commission filed a petition requesting that the Commission delegate to the FPSC authority to implement various number conservation measures. Comments due May 14*; replies May 28. Contact: Alan McCloud, Network Services Division at (202) 418-2320; TTY: (202) 418-0484.

CC 96-128; PN 4/15; DA 99-730

Common Carrier Bureau Seeks Comment on the RBOC/GTE/SNET Payphone Coalition Petition for Clarification Regarding Carrier Responsibility for Payphone Compensation Payment - CC Docket No. 96-128 - Pleading Cycle Established

On February 26, 1999, the RBOC/GTE/SNET Payphone Coalition filed a petition requesting clarification, on a going-forward basis, which interexchange carrier is the party responsible for payment of per-call compensation when a "dial-around" or "subscriber" call is made from a payphone. The Commission seeks comment on issues raised in the Petitioners' request for clarification . Comments due May 17*; replies June 1. Contact: Marty Schwimmer or Robin Smolen, Network Services Division at (202) 418-2320; TTY: (202) 418-0484.

PN 4/16; DA 99-740; Minburn Telecommunications, Inc. Petitions for Waiver of Sections 61.41(c) and (d) of the Commission's Rules - Pleading Cycle Established

On April 8, 1999, Minburn Telecommunications, Inc. filed a petition requesting that the Commission waive sections 61.41(c) and (d) of the Commission's rules. Minburn requests that the Commission waive these rules in order to allow Minburn to operate the Woodward, Iowa, telephone exchange as a cost carrier under rate of return regulation following Minburn's acquisition of the exchange from Frontier Communications-Schuyler, Inc., a carrier operating under price cap regulation. Comments due May 17*; replies June 1. Contact: Rodney McDonald, Competitive Pricing Division at (202) 418-1520.

CC 96-98, CC 95-185; 2nd FNPRM 4/16 (adopted 4/8); FCC 99-70

Implementation of the Local Competition Provisions in the Telecommunications Act of 1996

The FCC, in a 2nd FNPRM, sought comment on what network elements incumbents must make available to new entrants in the local telecommunications market. Comments due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register; replies due 45 days after publication in the Federal Register.

PN 4/19; DA 99-750

Bell Atlantic Files Revisions to Its Cost Allocation Manual - Public Comment Invited

On April 7, Bell Atlantic Telephone Companies filed revisions to its cost allocation manual. Comments due May 19*; replies June 3. Contact: Debbie Weber at (202) 418-0810; TTY: (202) 418-0484

CC 92-105; PN 4/20/99; DA 99-761

Petition by the United States Department of Transportation for Assignment of an Abbreviated Dialing Code (N11) To Access Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Services Nationwide - CC Docket No. 92-105 - Pleading Cycle Established

On March 8, 1999, the United States Department of Transportation filed a Petition for assignment of a nationwide standard abbreviated dialing number (N11). Petitioner proposes that state and local governments use the abbreviated dialing number to deliver travel-related information to the public. Comments due July 20; replies August 20. Contact: Helene Schrier Nankin, Network Services Division at (202) 418-2320; TTY: (202) 418-0484.

PN 4/29; DA 99-816

Bristol Bay Telephone Cooperative, Inc. Files Petition for Waiver of Section 36.621(a)(4) of the Commission's Rules

On April 14, Bristol Bay Telephone Cooperative, Inc., filed a petition for waiver of Section 36.621(a)(4) of the Commission's Rules. Section 36.621(a)(4) limits a company's corporate operation expense amounts. Comments due June 1; replies June 15. Contact: Brett Kissel, Accounting Safeguards Division at (202) 418-0391; TTY: (202) 418-0484.

CC 99-142; PN 5/4; DA 99-836

Pleading Cycle Established for Comments on KMC Telecom, Inc. Petition for Declaratory Ruling - CC Docket No. 99-142

On April 26, 1999, KMC Telecom, Inc. filed a petition for declaratory ruling requesting that the Commission: (1) declare unlawful termination penalties imposed by incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs); (2) prohibit enforcement of these ILEC termination penalties; and (3) require the removal of ILEC termination penalties from ILEC state tariffs until such time as customers have more genuine competitive choice than currently exists. Comments due June 3; oppositions or responses due June 18. Contact: Janice M. Myles, Policy and Program Planning Division at 9202) 418-1580.

CC 99-143; PN 5/6; DA 99-862

Pleading Cycle Established for Comments on GTE Petition for Declaratory Ruling - CC Docket No. 99-143

On April 13, GTE Service Corporation filed a petition for declaratory ruling that requesting telecommunications carriers cannot use section 252(i) of the Communications Act to "opt into" provisions of interconnection agreements where the cost or rate element in a provision is no longer cost-based. Comments due May 17*; oppositions or responses due May 26. Contact: Janice M. Myles, Policy an Program Planning Division at (202) 418-1580.

CC 96-128; PN 5/6; DA 99-841

The Common Carrier Bureau Asks Parties to update and Refresh Record for the Inmate Payphone Service Proceedings - Pleading Cycle Established - CC Docket No. 96-128

In a series of orders, the Commission has promulgated regulations to implement section 276 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 regarding the provision of payphone service. In this PN, the Commission invites parties to update their comments and refresh the record on the specific issues discussed in this PN in order to provide a full and up-to-date record of the inmate issues in this proceeding. Comments due June 21; replies July 21. Contacts: Lynne Milne or Renee Terry, Competitive Pricing Division at (202) 418-1520; TTY: (202) 418-0484.

CC 99-154; PN 5/7; DA 99-884

Pleading Cycle Established for Comments on Global NAPs, Inc. Petition for Preemption of Jurisdiction of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Pursuant to Section 252(e)(5) of the Communications Act - CC Docket No. 99-154

On May 5, Global NAPS, Inc. filed a petition pursuant to section 252(e)(5) of the Communications Act requesting the Commission preempt the jurisdiction of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities with respect to an arbitration proceeding involving Global NAPs and Bell Atlantic. Comments due May 24; replies June 3. Contact: Janice M. Myles, Policy and Program Planning Division at (202) 418-1580.

CC 98-170; First R&O and FNPRM 5/11 (adopted 4/15); FCC 99-72

Truth-in-Billing and Billing Format

Adopted truth-in-billing principles to ensure that consumers receive thorough, accurate and understandable bills from their telecommunications carriers. Adopted minimal, basic guidelines that explicate carriers' binding obligations pursuant to these broad principles. Comments concerning standardized labels for charges relating to federal regulatory action due 14 days from Federal Register publication. Replies due 21 days from Federal Register publication. Comments concerning applicability of truth-in-billing principles and guidelines to CMRS carriers due 30 days from Federal Register publication. Replies due 45 days from Federal Register publication.

PN 5/12

Comment Sought on the U S West, Toledo Telephone, and Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission Request for Limited Modification of LATA Boundaries to Provide Expanded Local Calling Service Between Various Exchanges in Washington

On March 25, US West Communications, Inc., along with the Toledo Telephone Company and Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, filed a petition requesting modification of local access transport area (LATA) boundaries to provide two-way, non-optional, flat-rated expanded local calling service (ELCS) between various Washington State US West exchanges and Toledo Telephone's Toledo, Oregon exchange. Comments due May 24; replies June 1. Contact: Alan Thomas, Network Services Division at (202) 418-2338;

TTY: (202) 418-0484.

PN 5/12; DA 99-892

Pleading Cycle Established for Comments on USTA Petition for Waiver

On May 11, the United States Telephone Association, on behalf of its price cap regulated members, filed a Petition for Waiver of the Commission's Rules. According to USTA, the price cap incumbent local exchange carriers have identified an anomaly in Sections 69.152(b) and 69.153(c)(1) of the Commission's rules which could result in negative rate levels for the multi-line business Presubscribed Interexchange Carrier Charge in the July 1, 1999, annual access charge tariff filing. Comments due May 19*; replies May 24. Contact: Raj Kannan, Competitive Pricing Division at (202) 418-1540.

PN 5/14; DA 99-928

Common Carrier Bureau Seeks Comment on a Petition of the California Public Utilities Commission and the People of the State of California for Delegation of Additional Authority Pertaining to Area Code Relief and to NXX Code Conservation Measures - Pleading Cycle Established

On September 28, 1998, the FCC released an order in the matter of a Petition for Declaratory Ruling and Request for Expedited Action on an Order of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission regarding various area codes and local competition provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. On April 23, 1999, the California Public Utilities Commission and the People of the State of California filed a petition requesting delegation of additional authority pertaining to area code relief planning and implementation and to the NXX code conservation measures. Comments due June 14, replies due June 28. Contact: Jared Carlson, Network Services Division at (202) 418-2320.

PN 5/14; DA 99-929

Common Carrier Bureau Seeks Comment on a Petition of the California Public Utilities Commission and the People of the State of California for a Waiver to Implement a Technology Specific of Service-Specific Area Code

On September 28, 1998, the FCC released an order in the matter of a Petition for Declaratory Ruling and Request for Expedited Action on an Order of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission regarding various area codes and local competition provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. On April 23, 1999, the California Public Utilities Commission and the People of the State of California filed a petition requesting a waiver of 47 C.F.R. Section 52.19(c) to allow the California Commission to implement a technology-specific or service-specific area code. Comments due June 14; replies June 28. Contact: Jared Carlson, Network Services Division at (202) 418-2320.

PN 5/18; DA 99-954

Alamosa PCS 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 - Pleading Cycle Established

On May 13, 1999, Alamosa PCS 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, filed an application requesting a Commission determination that it is an exempt telecommunications company. Comments regarding the adequacy or accuracy of the Alamosa PCS LLC application requesting status as an ETC due June 3; replies June 10. Contact: Marty Schwimmer or Al McCloud, Network Services Division at (202) 418-2320; TTY: (202) 418-0484.

INTERNATIONAL BUREAU

IB 99-67; NPRM 3/5/99 (adopted 2/25/99); FCC 99-37

Amendment of Parts 2 and 25 to Implement the global Mobile Personal Communications By Satellite Memorandum of Understanding and Arrangements

Proposed amending the Commission's Rules to facilitate the global transport of portable telecommunications terminals used in connection with satellite systems providing global data, voice, Internet and other broadband services. Comments due June 21; replies July 21.

IB 99-81; NPRM 3/25 (adopted 3/18); FCC 99-50

Establishment of Policies and Service Rules for the Mobile Satellite Service in the 2 GHz Band

Proposed initiating the process for licensing a new generation of innovative mobile satellite services. Comments due June 24, replies July 26.

Order 4/21 (adopted 4/21); DA 99-765

Skybridge L.L.C. et al

Extended deadlines for filing comments, petitions to deny and responsive pleadings with respect to applications to be considered in the non-geostationary fixed-satellite service Ku-band. Comments and/or petitions to deny due June 30; replies July 21; replies to opposition due August 2

Order 4/21 (adopted 4/21); DA 99-766

CAI Data Systems, Inc. et al

Extended deadlines for filing comments, petitions to deny and responsive pleadings with respect to applications to be considered in the second 28 GHz band processing round. Comments and/or petitions to deny due May 21; replies June 11; replies to opposition June 21.

MM 93-25; Order 5/14 (adopted 5/13); DA 99-907

Implementation of Section 25 of the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992 and Direct Broadcast Satellite Public Interest Obligations

Granted the request by the Satellite Broadcasting Communications Association and extended to May 20, 1999*, the time for filing oppositions to petitions for reconsideration and/or clarification and to June 1, 1999, the time for filing replies to oppositions.

Order 5/17 (adopted 5/17); DA 99-943

National Systems & Research Co.

Extended to May 26 the time for responding to petitions to deny its application for License to Operate Mobile Earth Terminals Through the Canadian-Licensed MSAT-1 Satellite at 106.5 W.L. in the 1525-1559 MHz (receive and 1626.5-1660.5 MHz (transmit) Bands.

MASS MEDIA BUREAU

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.*

MM 99-25; Order 3/19/99 (adopted 3/19/99); DA 99-542

Creation of a Low Power Radio Service

Granted extension of the comment date to June 1, 1999, and reply comment date to July 1, 1999, in response to petitions filed by Lucent Digital Radio and by the National Association of Broadcasters, the Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association, and a number of state broadcaster organizations.

PN 5/17; DA 99-940; Report No. AUC-99-25-A (Auction No. 25)

Closed Broadcast Auctions Scheduled for September 28, 1999; Comment Sought on Reserve Prices or Minimum Opening Bids and Other Auction Procedural Issues

Announced auction of certain AM, FM, TV, LPTV, and FM and TV translator construction permits to commence September 28. Sought comment on various auction procedural issues, including reserve prices and/or minimum opening bids. Comments due June 1; replies due June 14. Contact: Lisa Scanlan, Audio Services Division, MMB at (202) 418-2700; Shaun Maher, video Services Division, MMB at (202) 418-1600; or Bob Allen, Auctions and Industry Analysis Division, WTB at (202) 418-0660.

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 99-87; NPRM 3/25 (adopted 3/19); FCC 99-52

Establishment of Public Service Radio Pool in the Private Mobile Frequencies Below 800 MHz

Proposed changes to the FCC's rules and policies to implement the revised auction authority. Comments due 60 days and replies 90 days after Federal Register publication.

CC 96-61; FNPRM 4/21 (adopted 3/8); FCC 99-43

Policy and Rules Concerning the Interstate Interexchange Marketplace

Seeking further comment on several issues regarding the application of rate integration to the interstate, interexchange services offered by commercial mobile radio service providers. comments due May 27; replies June 28.

PN 5/14; DA 99-920

Ameritech and GTE Seek FCC Consent to Transfer Control of Licenses from Ameritech to GTE

Ameritech Corporation and GTE Corporation have filed application pursuant to Section 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended seeking Commission consent to transfer control of licenses currently controlled by subsidiaries and affiliates of Ameritech to subsidiaries of GTE. Comments due June 15; oppositions due June 25; replies to oppositions due June 30. Contact: Jonathan Radin or Elizabeth Williams, Commercial Wireless Division at (202) 418-7240.

PN 5/14; DA 99-921

Frontier and Global Crossing Seek FCC Consent to Transfer Control of Licenses and Authorizations from Frontier to Global Crossing

Frontier Corporation and Global Crossing Ltd. have filed applications pursuant to Sections 214 and 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, seeking Commission consent to transfer control of licenses and authorizations currently controlled by subsidiaries and affiliates of Frontier to Global Crossing. Comments due June 15; oppositions due June 25; replies to such oppositions due June 30. Contact: Jonathan Radin or Elizabeth Williams, WTB, Commercial Wireless Division at (202) 418-7240. Susan O'Connell or JoAnna Lowry, IB, at (202) 418-1484; Sunil Daluvoy, CSB, at (202) 481-1032.

OFFICE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY

CC 97-213; PN 5/7; DA 99-863

Comment Sought on CALEA Revenue Estimates of Five Manufacturers (CC Docket No. 97-213)

OET is requesting comment on the aggregated revenue estimates for software and, in some cases, certain hardware, upgrades to switching equipment that five manufacturers plan to sell to wireline, cellular and broadband Personal Communications Services carriers to enable those carriers to meet the technical requirements of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act. Comments due May 17*; replies due May 27. Contact: Rodney Small at (202) 418-2452.

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.