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|July 2, 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
PN 6/8; DA 99-1104
Cable Services Action - Petition Seeking Declaratory Ruling That Internet Service Providers Are Entitled to Commercial Leased Access to Cable Facilities under Section 612 of the Communications Act of 1934, As Amended
The Commission received a Petition for Declaratory Ruling from Internet Ventures, Inc. and its subsidiary, Internet On-Ramp, Inc., asking the Commission to issue a ruling that Internet service providers are entitled to commercial leased access under Section 612 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. Responses Due to Petition: July 13, 1999, Replies to Petitions Due: July 28, 1999. Contact: Reference Information Center: (202) 418-7092.
COMMON CARRIER BUREAU
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.
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.
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 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 5/28; DA 99-1032
Bell Atlantic Petitions for Establishment of New Rate Elements to Provide Switched Access Facilities Management Service - Pleading Cycle Established
On May 24, 1999, Bell Atlantic filed a petition to initiate switched access facilities management service. Comments due June 28*; replies July 13. Contact: Jennifer McKee, Competitive Pricing Division at (202) 418-1520; TTY (202) 418-0484.
CC 96-45, CC 96-262; 7th R&O, 13th Order on Recon in CC Docket No. 96-45, 4th R&O in CC Docket No. 96-262, and FNPRM 5/28 (adopted 5/27); FCC 99-119
Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service - Access Charge Reform
Took a major step in reforming the high-cost universal service support mechanism for non-rural carriers. Issued FNPRM on the model input and operational issues and another FNPRM seeking comment on several specific implementation issues. Comments due July 2; replies July 16.
CC- 96-45, CC- 97-160; FNPRM 5/28 (adopted 5/27); FCC 99-120
Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service - Forward-Looking Mechanism for High Cost Support for Non-Rural LECs
Took a major step in reforming the high-cost universal service support mechanism for non-rural carriers. Issued FNPRM proposing input values for the model, such as the cost of cables, switches and other network components, in addition to various capital cost parameters. Sought to supplement the record regarding certain inputs to the model. Comments due July 2; replies July 16.
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.
Order 6/4 (adopted 6/4); DA 99-1094
Value Call International, Inc., V. MCI Telecommunications Corporation
Granted joint motion to extend filing deadlines.; Initial briefs due June 25*; reply briefs due July 9. Action by Formal Complaints and Investigations.
Comment Sought on Southwestern Bell Telephone Requests for Limited Modification of LATA Boundaries to Provide Expanded Local Calling Service Between Various Exchanges in Texas
On April 22, 1999, Southwestern Bell Telephone filed six 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 June 29*; replies July 6. Contact: Alan Thomas, Network Services Division at (202) 418-2338; TTY: (202) 418-0484.
PN 6/22; DA 99-1198
Common Carrier Bureau Seeks Comment on State Utility Commission Requests for Additional Authority to Implement Telecommunications Numbering 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 the July 15, 1997 Order of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Regarding Area Codes 412, 610, 215, and 717, and Implementation of the Local Competition Provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, MO&O on Recon, FCC 98-224, CC Docket No. 96-98. This order delegated additional authority to state public utility commissions to order NXX code rationing, under certain circumstances and encouraged state commissions to seek further limited delegations of authority to implement other innovative number conservation methods. Several state utility commissions have filed requests for additional delegations of authority to implement number conservation methods in their states. Comments due July 16. Contact: Al McCloud, Network Services Division at (202) 418-2320; TTY: (202) 418-0484.
CC 97-181; PN 6/23; DA 99-1217
BellSouth Petitions for Waiver from Application of Non-Primary Residential Line Definition to Centrex-Type Dormitory Lines - Pleading Cycle Established - CC Docket No. 97-181
On June 16, 1999. BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. filed a petition seeking a waiver of the Commission's non-primary residential line definition to Centrex-type dormitory lines. Comments due June 30*; replies July 7. Contact: Neil Fried, Competitive Pricing Division at (202) 418-1530; TTY (202) 418-0484.
PN 6/23; DA 99-1196
Brazos Telecommunications Inc., Cap Rock Telephone Coop., Five Area Telephone Coop. Inc., and Santa Rosa Telephone Coop. Inc. file Application for Review of Petitions for Waiver of Section 36.611 of the Commission's Rules - Public Comment Invited
On May 7, the Common Carrier Bureau released an Order denying the Petitions for Waiver of Section 36.611 filed by the above-mentioned petitioners. On June 7, the Petitioners filed an Application for Review. Comments due July 23; replies August 6. Contact: Gary Seigel at 9202) 418-0879; TTY: (202) 418-0484.
PN 6/23; DA 99-1232
Lucent Technologies, Inc., Files Petition for Waiver; Public Comment Invited
On May 18, Lucent Technologies, Inc. petitioned the Commission for a waiver of the volume control requirement contained in 47 C.F.R. Section 68.6 for its Explosive Atmosphere telephone. Comments due July 23; replies August 9. Contact: Susan Magnotti, Network Services Division at (202) 418-0871.
Comment Sought on Bell Atlantic-Virginia's Request for Limited Modification of LATA Boundaries to Provide Expanded Local Calling Service Between Virginia's Lebanon Exchange and GTE South's Richland Exchange
On June 9, Bell Atlantic-Virginia filed a petition requesting modification of local access transport area boundaries to provide two-way, non-optional expanded local calling service between its Lebanon exchange and GTE South's Richland exchange. Comments due July 7; replies July 14. Contact: Alan Thomas, Network Services Division at (202) 418-2338; TTY: (202) 418-0484.
Comment Sought on Ameritech's Request for Limited Modification of LATA Boundaries to Provide Expanded Local Calling Service Between the Trenton and Cincinnati Exchanges in Ohio
On June 15, 1999, Ameritech, on behalf of the Ohio Bell Telephone Company, filed a petition requesting modification of local access transport area boundaries to provide two-way, non-optional, flat-rated expanded local calling service between Ameritech's Trenton exchange and Cincinnati Bell's Cincinnati exchange. Comments due July 7; replies July 14. Contact: Alan Thomas, Network Services Division at (202) 481-02338; TTY: (202) 418-0484.
CC 96-98; PN 6/23; DA 99-1246
Common Carrier Bureau Seeks Comment on IntraLATA Toll Dialing Parity Implementation Plans Filed by Local Exchange Carriers - Pleading Cycle Established
On March 23, 1999, the FCC released an order that waived the February 8, 1999, deadline for the implementation of intraLATA toll dialing parity in section 51.213. The Commission issued a revised schedule which requires local exchange carriers to file intraLATA toll dialing parity implementation plans with the Common Carrier Bureau on June 22 if a state commission has not yet acted on that LEC's plan. Various intraLATA toll dialing parity plans have been filed with the Common Carrier Bureau. Comments due July 6; replies July 12. Contact: Gregory Cooke, Network Services Division at (202) 418-2351 or Robin Smolen, Network Services Division at (202) 418-2353. TTY: (202) 418-0484.
CC 96-45; PN 6/23; DA 99-1212
Common Carrier Bureau Seeks Comment on Letter Filed by Department of Commerce Regarding Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism - CC Docket 96-45
On April 7, 1999, the National Telecommunications and Information administration, United States Department of Commerce, on behalf of the Clinton Administration, sent a letter to Chairman William E. Kennard regarding the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism. NTIA addressed the issue of whether universal service support provided to eligible schools and libraries for Internet access and internal connections be conditioned on the agreement by such schools and libraries to adopt a policy regarding Internet usage by children. The FCC seeks comment on whether the Commission should adopt this proposal. Contact:Elizabeth Falinoti, Accounting Policy Division at (202) 418-7400.
Order 6/29 (adopted 6/29); DA 99-1277
Federal- State Joint Board on Universal Service
Granted in part, denied in part the requests of the United States Telephone Assn. (USTA), Sprint Corporation, and the National Assn. of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), for extensions of the comment date and the reply comment date for the universal service high-cost Methodology Order and Inputs. Revised Comment Date: July 23, 1999 Revised Reply Comment Date: August 6, 1999.
CC 96-98; PN 6/29; DA 99-1278
Common Carrier Bureau Seeks Comment IntraLATA Toll Dialing Parity Implementation Plans Filed by Local Exchange Carriers - CC Docket 96-98
On March 23, 1999, the FCC released an order that waived the February 8 deadline for implementation of intraLATA toll dialing parity in section 51.211(a) and the schedule for the implementation of intraLATA toll dialing parity in section 51.213. The Commission issued a revised schedule which requires local exchange carriers to file intraLATA toll dialing parity implementation plans with the Common Carrier Bureau on June 22 if a state commission has not yet acted on that LEC's plan. Various intraLATA toll dialing parity plans have been filed with the Common Carrier Bureau. Comments due by July 9, 1999, reply comments due by July 15, 1999. News Media Contact: Emily Hoffnar - (202) 418-0253 Common Carrier Bureau Contact: Gregory Cooke - (202) 418-2351 or Robin Smolen at (202) 418-2353. TTY: (202) 418-0484.
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 6/18 (adopted 6/17); DA 99-1179
Authority to Launch and Operate Geostationary and Non-Geostationary Satellite Systems at KA-Band
Granted Pegasus Development Corporation's Motion for Extension of Time to file replies in various companies' applications for authority to launch and operate geostationary and non-geostationary satellite systems at Ka-band. Replies due July 2.
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.*
PN 6/2; DA 99-1057
Commission Seeks Comment on "Request for Determination of Eligibility for DBS Set-Aside" Filed by "Noggin," A Joint Venture of the Children's Television Workshop and Nickelodeon
The Commission is soliciting comment on a "Request for Determination of Eligibility for DBS Set-Aside" filed by "Noggin," a joint venture of the Children's Television Workshop and Nickelodeon. That Request seeks a Commission determination that Noggin is eligible for the DBS channel capacity reserved for noncommercial educational programming under Section 335(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended and Section 100.5(c) of the Commission's Rules. Comments due July 6; replies July 21.
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.
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.
PR 93-144; PN 5/21; DA 99-974
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Requests Comment on the Construction Requirements for Commercial Wide-Area 800 MHz Licensees Pursuant to Fresno Mobile Radio, Inc. v. FCC
Commission requested comment on the construction requirements that the Commission should impose on 800 MHz Specialized Mobile Radio commercial licensees that are part of a wide area system. Comments due June 21*; replies July 6. Contact: Scott A. Mackoul or Don Johnson, Commercial Wireless Division at (202) 418-7240.
PN 5/28; DA 99-1027
Geotek Communications Inc. Seeks FCC Consent to Assign 900 MHz SMR Licenses
On March 5, 1999, Geotek Communications, Inc., Debtor in Possession (Geotek), filed applications pursuant to Section 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, seeking Commission consent to assign its 900 MHz SMR licenses to its creditors, Hughes Electronics Corporation and Wilmington Trust Company, as the first step in a two-steptransaction. Comments or petitions to deny due June 28*; oppositions to such pleadings due July8; replies to such oppositions due July 15. Contact: Pieter van Leeuwen, Paul D'Ari, Commercial Wireless Division at (202) 418-0620 or Terry Fishel, Commercial Wireless Division (Gettysburg) at (717) 338-2602..
PN 5/28; DA 99-1035
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Seeks Comment on Request for Waiver by Borough of Sayreville, NJ to Permit the Use of Certain Public Land Mobile Radio Service Channels
On October 28, 1998,. the Borough of Sayreville, New Jersey, filed a Petition for Waive of any and all applicable provisions of part 22 and 90 of the Commission's Rules in order to permit it to use certain UHF frequencies in the Public Land Mobil Radio Service. Comments due June 28*; replies July 13. Contact: Maurice J. DePont, Policy and rules Branch of the Public Safety and Private Wireless Division at (202) 418-0690..
PN 5/28; DA 99-1039
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Seeks Comment on Request for Waiver by Burlington County, NJ, to Obtain a License for Thirty Frequencies Allocated for Paging Control Operations (500 MHz)
On November 6, 1998, the County of Burlington, New Jersey filed applications and a Request for Waiver of Section 22.621 of the Commission's Rules requesting a waiver to permit it to use 30 frequencies for public safety purposes that are now allocated for point-to-multipoint paging control operation in the Philadelphia area. Comments due June 28*; replies July 13. Contact: John Fernandez, Policy and Rules Branch of the Public Safety and Private Wireless Division at (202) 418-0680.
CC 94-102; PN 6/1; DA 99-1049
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Requests Targeted Comment on Wireless E911 Phase II Automatic Location Identification Requirements - CC Docket No. 94-102
The Commission's rules governing Enhanced 911 services currently require that covered wireless carriers deploy Automatic Location Identification (ALI) as part of E911 service beginning October 1, 2001, provided certain conditions are met. In the E911 Reconsideration Order, the Commission noted its concern that the effect of Section 20.18(e) might not be technologically and competitively neutral for some technologies that might be used to provide ALI, particularly handset-based technologies such as those using the Global Positioning Satellite system. In order to expedite decisionmaking on whether or not to promulgate Phase II standards in light of the potential availability of handset-based technologies, the Bureau is seeking comment. Comments due June 17*; replies July 2. Contacts: Mindy Littell or Dan Grosh, Policy Division at (202) 418-1310.
Dkt No.: 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 6/7; DA 99-1103; Report AUC-99-26-A
First Paging Service Spectrum Auction Scheduled for December 7, 1999 - Comment Sought on Reserve Prices or Minimum Opening Bids and Other Auction Procedural Issues
WTB announces the first in a series of auctions of Paging service licenses, scheduled to commence on December 7, 1999. Comment sought on procedural issues relating to the Upper Bands Auction (Auction No. 26) as well as on reserve prices or minimum opening bids. Comments due June 30*; replies July 13. Contact: Lisa Hartigan or Anne Napoli, at (202) 418-0660, or Bob Reagle at (717) 338-2801, Auctions and Industry Analysis Division.
PN 6/18; DA 99-1036
FCC Seeks Comment on Requests for Waivers to Permit Provision of Common Carrier Service on 2GHz Private Operational Fixed Microwave Service Frequencies
In 1996, the Commission consolidate the rules for Common Carrier Fixed Point-to-Point Microwave Service and the Private Operational Fixed Point-to-Point microwave Service, and eliminated the prohibition on using common carrier transmitters for non-common carrier purposes. It nonetheless retained the prohibition against stations licensed as private systems offering common carrier services. While the Commission set forth how private licensees above 2 MHz could elect common carrier status, it excluded the 2 GHz bands. On February 26, 1997, August 4, 1997, and September 11, 1998, respectively, Westinghouse Communications Services, Inc., AT&T Wireless, Inc. and Nextel Communications, Inc. applied to modify the status of private systems using 2 GHz band frequencies allocated exclusively to POFS licensees to common carrier or hybrid private/common carrier status, and sought rule waivers to permit the use of those frequencies for common carrier services. Comments due July 6; replies July 16. Contact: Scot Stone or Edgar Class, Public Safety and Private Wireless Division at (202) 418-0680.
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, CO
The 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.
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.