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|August 13, 1999|
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) 418-0190, TTY (202) 418-2555, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
CS 99-250; NPRM 7/14 (adopted 7/9); FCC 99-166
The Commission is seeking comment on a proposal to amend the Commission's rules to allow private cable operators and other multichannel video programming distributors to use the frequencies in the 12 GHz band for the delivery of video programming. Comments due August 16; replies September 20.
CS 99-251; PN 7/23; DA 99-1447
Cable Services Bureau Action - AT&T Corp. and MediaOne Group, Inc. Seek FCC Consent for a Proposed Transfer of Control - CS Docket No. 99-251
On July 7 and 15, 1999, AT&T Corp and MediaOne Group, Inc. filed joint applications under Sections 214 and 310(d) of the Communications Act requesting Commission approval of the transfer of control to AT&T of licenses and authorizations held by subsidiaries of MediaOne and entities controlled by MediaOne. Comments or petitions to deny due August 23; responses or oppositions to these comments and petitions due September 17. Contact: Sunil Daluvoy at (202) 418-1032 or Richard Kalb at (202) 418-1055. TTY: (202) 418-7172 or (888) 835-5322.
PN 7/30; DA 99-1512
Cable Services Bureau Action - Petition Seeking Declaratory Ruling that Certain Lease Restrictions are Preempted by the Commission's Over-the-Air Reception Devices Rule
Commission received a Petition for Declaratory Ruling asking the Commission to determine whether the Stuart Management Corporation's lease agreement for the Carver Lake Townhomes contains provisions restricting installation and placement of television antennas and satellite dishes that are preempted by the Commission's rules. Comments due August 30; replies September 14.Contact: Media: Michelle Russo at (202) 418-2358; Cable Services Bureau Contact: Eloise Gore at (202) 418-1066; TTY: (202) 418-7172.
PN 8/4; Report No. 1425
Cable Services Bureau Action - Adelphia Communications Corporation and Century Communications Corp. Seek FCC Consent for Proposed Transfer of Control
On June 15 and July 9, Century Communications Corp. and Adelphia Communications Corp. filed joint applications under Section 310(d) of the Communications Act requesting Commission approval of the transfer of control to Adelphia of licenses and authorizations controlled by Century or its affiliates or subsidiaries. Parties may file comments or petitions to deny the applications no later than September 3. Oppositions or responses to these comments and petitions due September 22.
COMMON CARRIER BUREAU
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.
NPRM 6/2 (adopted 5/27); FCC 99-122
Numbering Resource Optimization
Proposed examining a variety of measures intended to increase the efficiency with which telecommunications carriers use telephone numbering resources. Comments due July 30*; replies August 30.
Dkt No.: CC- 99-117; Order 6/2 (adopted 6/2); DA 99-1072
CCB's Continuing Property Records Audits of the Regional Bell Operating Companies
Granted MCI Worldcom, Inc.'s request for a thirty-day extension of time to file comments and reply comments in the NOI seeking comment on ten issues arising out of the Common Carrier Bureau's continuing property records audits of the Regional Bell Operating Companies. Comments now due July 7* and replies due August 6.*
CC 99-200; PN 7/1; DA 99-1315
Common Carrier Bureau Seeks Comment on North American Numbering Council Recommendation Concerning Replacement of Central Office Code Utilization Survey - CC 99-200
On June 30, the Chief of the Common Carrier Bureau received a final report and recommendation from the North American Numbering Council on a plan to replace the Central Office Code Utilization Survey, the current tool for forecasting demand for central office codes. The FCC seeks comment on the NANC report and recommendation in connection with the FCC's recently initiated proceeding on numbering optimization, which raised a number of inquiries about number utilization and forecast reporting. Comments due July 30*; replies August 30. Contact: Jeannie Grimes, Jared Carlson or Tejal Mehta, Network Services Division at (202) 418-2345. TTY: (202) 418-0484.
PN 7/8; DA 99-1343
Southwestern Bell Files Revisions to its Cost Allocation Manual - Public Comment Invited
On March 29, SBC Telecommunications, Inc. filed revisions to Southwestern Bell Telephone Company's cost allocation manual. Comments due August 9*; replies August 25. Contact: Debbie Weber at (202) 418-0810; TTY: (202) 418-0484.
CC 99-253; NPRM 7/14 (adopted 7/13); FCC 99-174
Comprehensive Review of the Accounting Requirements and ARMIS Reporting Requirements for Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers Phase 1
Adopted an NPRM in its Comprehensive Accounting and Reporting Review, which is a collaborative effort between the FCC and state commissions, which will lead to rule changes that will eliminate or streamline accounting and reporting requirements. Comments due August 23; replies September 9.
PN 7/14; DA 99-1380
Common Carrier Bureau Seeks Comment on the Texas Public Utility Commission Petition for Delegation of Additional Authority to Implement Number Conservation Measures
The Public Utility Commission of Texas filed a petition requesting authority to implement various number conservation measures. Comments due August 16; replies August 30. Contact: Jared Carlson, Network Services Division at (202) 418-2320.
CC 96-45; PN 7/19; DA 99-1356
Western Wireless Corporation Petitions for Preemption of an Order of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission - Pleading Cycle Established - CC 96-45
On June 23, Western Wireless Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiary, GCC License Corporation, filed a petition for preemption of an order of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission which denied Western Wireless' request for designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier under section 214(e) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. Comments due August 18; replies September 2. Contact: Richard D. Smith, Accounting Policy Division at (202) 418-7400.
CC 99-249; NOI 7/21 (adopted 7/8); FCC 99-168
Low-Volume Long-Distance Users
The Commission is seeking comment on the impact of certain flat-rated charges on single-line residential and business customers who make few, or no, interstate long-distance calls. Comments due September 20; replies October 20.
PN 7/27; DA 99-1480
U S West Files Expedited Petition to Establish Part 69 Elements to Provide Call Completion Service for Directory Assistance Calls - Establish Pleading Cycle
On July 23, 1999, U S West Communications, Inc., filed an expedited petition proposing to establish a new rate element, Call Completion Service, to recover the costs associated with providing call competition for calls directed to directory assistance. Comments due August 17; replies August 27. Contact: Janice Jamison, Competitive Pricing Division at (202) 418-1530; TTY: (202) 418-0484.
PN 7/27; DA 99-1471
U S West Files Expedited Petition to Establish New Rate Elements for Signaling System 7 (SS7) - Establish Pleading Cycle
On July 22, 1999, U S West Communications, Inc. filed an expedited petition proposing to establish separate rate elements to recover Signaling System 7 call set-up costs. Comments due August 17; replies August 27. Contact: Janice Jamison, Competitive Pricing Division at (202) 418-1530; TTY: (202) 418-0484.
PN 7/29; DA 99-1496
Pleading Cycle Established for Comments on Armstrong Communications, Inc. Petition for Further Reconsideration
On July 26, Armstrong Communications, Inc. filed a petition for further reconsideration pursuant to section.106 of the Commission's Rules requesting that the Commission further reconsider and reverse specific aspects of its decision, Armstrong Communications, Inc. Petition for Relief pursuant to section 252(e)(5), Order on Reconsideration, released June 4. Comments due August 30, replies September 14.
CC 95-116; PN 8/3; DA 99-1527
Common Carrier Bureau Seeks Comment on North American Numbering Council Recommendation Concerning Feasibility of Number Portability of 500 and 900 Numbers - CC Docket No. 95-116
On June 11, the North American Numbering Council forwarded its recommendation to the Chief, Common Carrier Bureau, in response to the Commission's directive In The Matter of Local Number Portability in which the Commission, in order to evaluate whether the public interest would be served by mandating 500 or 900 number portability for all carriers, seeks to determine whether number portability for the entire 500 and 900 number resource is technically feasible and how long it would take to develop and deploy the necessary network infrastructure to enable this functionality. The NANC has made a report and recommendation regarding this. Comments due August 27; replies September 15. Contact: Patrick Forster or Jeannie Grimes at (202) 418-2320.
PN 8/5; DA 99-1553
Comments Invited on Depreciation Rate Prescription Proposed for GTE North-Ohio and GTE South-Virginia
The Common Carrier Bureau invites comments on proposed depreciation rates for two GTE companies - GTE North-Ohio and GTE South-Virginia. comments due September 7; replies September 21. Contact: Stephen Steckler, Accounting Safeguards Division at (202) 418-0865.
Comment Sought on the Southwestern Bell Telephone Requests for Limited Modification of LATA Boundaries to provide Expanded Local Calling Service Between Various Exchanges in Texas
On July 14, Southwestern Bell Telephone Company filed five petitions requesting modification of local access transport area boundaries to provide two-way, non-optional flat-rated expanded local calling service between various exchanges in Texas. Comments due August 19; replies August 26. Contact: Alan Thomas or Al McCloud, Network Services Division at (202) 418-2320; TTY: (202) 418-0484.
PN 8/5; DA 99-1555
Common Carrier Bureau Seeks Comment on the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control's Petition for Delegation of Additional Authority to Implement Area Code Conservation Measures- Pleading Cycle Established
On July 28, the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control filed a petition requesting authority to implement various number conservation measures. Comments due September 6; replies September 20. Contact: Jared Carlson, Network Services Division at (202) 418-2320.
Request by Bell Atlantic-Virginia for Limited Modification of LATA Boundaries to Provide Expanded Local Calling Service Between Bell Atlantic-Virginia's Lebanon Exchange and GTE South's Richland Exchange
On June 9, 1999, Bell Atlantic-Virginia filed a petition requesting limited modification of local access transport area boundaries between Bell Atlantic's Lebanon exchange and GTE South's Richland exchange to provide two-way, non-optional expanded local calling service. Comments due August 23; replies September 6. Contact: Alan Thomas, Network Services Division at (202) 418-2338.
Clarification of Pleading Cycle in Public Notice, DA 99-1555, Common Carrier Bureau Seeks Comment on the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control's Petition for Delegation of Additional Authority To Implement Area Code Conservation Measures
Comments due September 7, not September 6, which is Labor Day. Replies due September 20. Contact: Jared Carlson, Network Services Division at (202) 418-2320.
Order 7/12 (adopted 7/9); DA 99-1358
The Boeing Company
Granted Motion for Extension of Time and the deadline for filing Opposition/Responses and Reply Comments in this proceeding is extended to August 4* and August 16, respectively.
IB 98-96; R&O/NPRM 7/13 (adopted 6/21); FCC 99-150
1998 Biennial Regulatory Review - Review of Accounts Settlement in the Maritime Mobile and Maritime Mobile-Satellite Radio Services
Commission concluded that Commission shall cease operating as an accounting authority for settling accounts for maritime mobile, maritime satellite, aircraft and handheld terminal radio services. Will transition to full privatization of the account-settlement function and sought comment on a number of proposals regarding how best to implement this transition. Comments due August 23; replies September 8.
Order 8/5 (adopted 8/4); DA 99-1544
TMI Communications and Company, L.P.
On Request of AMSC Subsidiary Corporation, extended deadline for filing Oppositions to Petitions to Deny to August 13.
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
MM 93-177; NPRM 6/11 (adopted 5/28); FCC 99-126
An Inquiry Into the Commission's Policies and Rules Regarding AM Radio Service Directional Antenna Performance Verification
Proposed reductions in testing procedures for AM directional antennas. Comments due 45 days after publication in the Federal Register; replies due 60 days after publication int he Federal Register.
PN 7/29; DA 99-1484
Mass Media Bureau Announces Commencement of Period for Filing Comments on Requests for Flexibility to Preempt Children's Educational and Informational Programming
The Commission is commencing a public notice period for filing comments on the separate letters submitted by the ABC, CBS and NBC television networks requesting continued, limited flexibility to preempt children's "core" programming, i.e. programming specifically designed to serve the educational needs of children, during the 1999-2000 television season. Comments due September 24; replies October 8. Contact: Laura Gallo at (202) 418-1600.
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.
WT 99-87; Order 5/19 (adopted 5/19); DA 99-950
WT-99-168; NPRM 6/3 (adopted 5/13); FCC 99-97
In the Matter of Service Rules for the 746-764 and 776-794 MHz Bands, and Revisions to Part 27 of the Commission's Rules
These proposed service rules include provisions for application licensing, technical and operating rules, and competitive bidding. The revised spectrum allocation in the Reallocation Report and Order provided for the potential provision of Fixed, Mobile, and Broadcasting services on these bands. Comments Due: July 19, 1999*; Reply Comments Due: August 13, 1999.
Dkt No.: WT- 99-168; NPRM 6/4 (adopted 5/13); FCC 99-97
New Service Rules
Proposed new service rules for commercial licensing in the 746-764 MHz and 776-794 MHz bands that have been reallocated from use solely for the broadcasting service. Comments due: July 19, 1999*. Replies due: August 13, 1999.
PN 7/1; DA 99-1301
FCC Seeks Comment on American Electric Power Service Corporation Request for Waiver to Permit Sharing of Industrial and land Transportation and Business System with Public Safety and Federal Government Users
On December 3, 1998, American Electric Power Service Corporation filed a Request for Waiver of Section 90.179 of the Commission's Rules to permit it to share its 800 MHz Industrial/Land Transportation and Business Category system with public safety and Federal Government users on a non-profit, cost shared basis. Comments due August 2*; replies August 17. Contact: John Fernandez, Policy and Rules Branch, Public Safety and Private Wireless Division at (202) 418-0680.
PN 7/2; DA 99-1323
FCC Seeks Comment on Request by SBC Communications Inc. and Cellular Communications of Puerto Rico, Inc. for FCC Consent to Transfer Control of Licenses to SBC Communications Inc. and for A Subsequent Investment by Telefonos de Mexico S.A. de C.V.
SBC Communications Inc. and Cellular Communications of Puerto Rico, Inc. 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 SBC of licenses and authorizations currently controlled by subsidiaries and affiliates of CCPR. Comments or petitions to deny due August 2*; oppositions to such pleadings due August 12; replies to oppositions due August 19. Contact: Lauren Kravetz, WTB Commercial Wireless Division at (202) 418-7240; Susan O'Connell, International Bureau at (202) 418-1480.
WT 97-207; Dec. Rul/NPRM 7/7 (adopted 6/10); FCC 99-137
WTB Calling Party Pays Service Offering in the Commercial Mobile Radio Services
The Commission adopted a Declaratory Ruling and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to help facilitate the offering of Calling Party Pays (CPP) as an optional wireless service to consumers in the United States. CPP has the potential to promote the development of local competition and to provide an important new alternative to consumers who have not previously used wireless extensively. Comments due August 18; replies September 8.
WT 97-207; Order 8/6 9 (adopted 8/6); DA 99-1566
Calling Party Pays
WT 99-217, CC 96-98; NPRM/NOI/3rd FNPRM 7/7 (adopted 6/10); FCC 99-141
Promotion of Competitive Networks in Local Telecommunications Markets
The Commission initiated a proceeding intended to facilitate the development of competitive telecommunications networks that will provide consumers with alternatives to services provided by the incumbent wireline local exchange carriers (LECs). Comments due August 13; replies September 3.
PN 7/14; DA 99-1373
Skytel Communications, Inc. and MCI WORLDCOM, Inc. Seek Consent for Transfer of Control - Pleading Cycle Established
MCI WORLDCOM, Inc. and SkyTel Communications, Inc. have filed applications under Sections 214 and 310(d) of the communications Act requesting Commission approval to transfer control of licenses or authorizations currently held by SkyTel and its affiliates, from the officers and shareholders of SkyTel to MCI WORLDCOM. Comments /petitions to deny due August 13; oppositions due August 20; replies to oppositions due August 27. Contact: Lauren Kravetz or Elizabeth Williams, Commercial Wireless Division at (202) 418-7240 or Jeanette Spriggs, International Bureau at (202) 418-0727.
WT 99-87; PN 7/21; DA 99-1431
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Incorporates Nextel Communications, Inc. Waiver Record into WT Docket No. 99-87 - Seeks Comment on Licensing of PMRS Channels in the 800 MHz Band for Use in Commercial SMR Systems
The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau seeks comment on whether the Commission should amend its licensing rules for the 800 MHz band to allow the incorporation of PMRS channels into a CMRS system. Comments due August 2*; replies September 16. Contact: Gary D. Michaels at (202) 418-0660 or Ramona Melson at (202) 418-0680.
PN 6/23; DA 99-1460
ALLTEL and Liberty Seek Consent for Transfer of Control- Pleading Cycle Established
ALLTEL Corporation and Liberty Cellular, Inc. filed applications under Sections 214 and 310(d) of the Communications At requesting Commission approval to transfer control of licenses or authorizations currently held by Liberty Cellular, its subsidiaries or other affiliates from the officers and shareholders of Liberty to ALLTEL. Comments or petitions to deny due August 23; oppositions to such pleadings due August 30; replies to oppositions due September 3. Contact: Lauren Kravetz or Elizabeth Williams, WTB at (202) 418-7240; Ramona Melson, WTB at (202) 418-0680; Susan O'Connell, IB at (202) 418-0727; Michelle Carey, CCB at (202) 418-1580.
PN 7/28; DA 99-1458; Report No. WT 99-263
Petition of the Wireless Consumers Alliance, Inc. For a Declaratory Ruling on Communications Act Provisions and FCC Jurisdiction Regarding Preemption of State Courts from Awarding Monetary Damages Against Consumer Protection or Other State Laws
On July 16, the Wireless Consumers Alliance, Inc. filed a petition requesting a Declaratory Ruling on whether the provisions of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, or the FCC's jurisdiction thereunder, serve to preempt state courts from awarding monetary relief against commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) providers for (a) violating state consumer protection laws prohibiting false advertising and other fraudulent business practices or (b) wrongful conduct in the context of contractual disputes an tort actions adjudicated under state contract and tort laws. Comments due September 10; replies October 12. Contact: Susan Kimmel or Mary Woytek at (202) 418-1310.
OFFICE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
PN 6/23; DA 99-1211
FCC to Seek Comments on a Letter from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Relating to Communications Transmission Facilities Located at Lookout Mountain, COThe FCC is seeking comment on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's letter regarding the proposed construction of the transmissions tower and maintenance facility on Lookout Mountain, Colorado. Comments due July 23*; replies August 9*. Contact: Robert Cleveland at (202) 418-2422 or Holly Berland at (202) 418-1732.
ET 99-231; NPRM 6/24 (adopted 6/21); FCC 99-149
Amendment of Part 15 of the Commission's Rules Regarding Spectrum Devices
The Commission proposed to amend the Part 15 rules regarding the operation of non-licensed spread spectrum systems, specifically, to revise the rules for frequency hopping systems operating in the 2.4 GHz band (24000-2483.5 MHz) to allow for wider operational bandwidths. Comments due 75 days after Federal Register publication; replies 105 days after publication.
ET 99-254; NPRM 7/15 (adopted 7/14); FCC 99-180
Closed Captioning Requirements for Digital Television Receivers
Proposed amendment of Part 15 of rules to adopt technical standards for the display of closed captions on digital television (DTV) receivers, and proposed to require the inclusion of closed captioning decoder circuitry in DTV receivers. The proposals will help ensure access to digital programming for people with disabilities. Comments due 75 days after publication in Federal Register; reply comments due 105 days after publication in the Federal Register.
ET 99-255; NPRM 7/16 (adopted 7/14); FCC 99-182
In the Matter of Amendment of Parts 2 and 95 of the Commission's Rules to Create a Wireless Medical Telemetry Service
The Commission proposed to amend Parts 2 and 95 of the rules to allocate spectrum and to establish rules for a Wireless Medical Telemetry Service. Action by the Commission. Comments due 45 days from publication in Federal Register; replies due 75 days from date of publication in Federal Register.
ET 99-261; NPTM 7/23 (adopted 7/16); FCC 99-183
Amendment of Part 2 of the Commission's Rules to Allocate Additional Spectrum to the Inter-Satellite, Fixed and Mobile Services and to Permit Unlicensed Devices to Use Certain Segments in the 50.2-50.4 GHz and 51.4-71.0 GHz
Proposed to amend the United States Table of Frequency Allocations with respect to the 50.1-50.4 GHz and 51.4-71.0 GHz bands. Comments due September 7; replies September 22.