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Federal Communications Commission
1919 M Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554

Meeting Agenda

A Public Notice of the Federal Communications Commission
News Media Information (202) 418-0500
Fax-On-Demand (202) 418-2830

September 10, 1998


The Federal Communications Commission will hold an Open Meeting on the subjects listed below on Thursday, September 17, 1998, which is scheduled to commence at 9:30 a.m. in Room 856, at 1919 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

1 COMMON CARRIER TITLE: Truth-in-Billing and Billing Format.

SUMMARY: The Commission will consider action concerning truth-in-billing for tele-communications carriers.

2 COMMON CARRIER TITLE: 1998 Biennial Regulatory Review -- Streamlined Contributor Reporting Require- ments Associated with Administration of Telecommunications Relay Service, North American Numbering Plan, Local Number Portability, and Universal Service Support Mechanisms.
SUMMARY: The Commission will consider action concerning consolidation of the forms used to collect data from common carriers.

3 MASS MEDIA TITLE: Amendment of Parts 1, 21 and 74 to Enable Multipoint Distribution Service and Instructional Television Fixed Service Licensees to Engage in Fixed Two-Way Transmissions (MM Docket No. 97-217, RM-9060).

SUMMARY: The Commission will consider action to permit MDS and ITFS licensees increased flexibility to provide enhanced services including two-way digital technology; streamline the application process for those services; and the service requirements for ITFS licensees in a digital environment.

TITLE: Biennial Regulatory Review -- Amendment of Parts 0, 1, 13, 22, 24, 26, 27, 80, 87, 90, 95, 97, and 101 of the Commission's Rules to Facilitate the Development and Use of the Universal Licensing System in the Wireless Telecommunications Services (WT Docket No. 98-20); and Amendment of the Amateur Service Rules to Authorize Visiting Foreign Amateur Operators to Operate Stations in the United States (WT Docket No. 96-188).

SUMMARY: The Commission will consider consolidating, revising and streamlining its rules governing application procedures for radio services licensed by the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.

5 INTERNATIONAL TITLE: Redesignation of the 17.7-19.7 GHz Frequency Band, Blanket Licensing of Satellite Earth Stations in the 17.7-20.2 GHz and 27.5-30.0 GHz Frequency Bands, and the Allocation of Additional Spectrum in the 17.3-17.8 GHz and 24.75-25.25 GHz Frequency Bands for Broadcast Satellite-Service Use (RM's - 9005 and 9118).

SUMMARY: The Commission will consider proposals to: 1) redesignate portions of the 17.7-19.7 GHz band; 2) blanket license certain satellite earth stations in the 17.7-20.2 GHz and 27.5-30.0 GHz bands; and 3) allocate additional spectrum in the 17.3-17.8 GHz and 24.75-25.25 GHz frequency bands for broadcast Satellite Service (BSS) use.

6 CABLE SERVICES TITLE: Closed Captioning and Video Description of Video Programming; and Implementation of Section 305 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and Video Programming Accessibility (MM Docket No. 95-176).

SUMMARY: The Commission will consider action concerning closed captioning requirements for video programming.

Additional information concerning this meeting may be obtained from Maureen Peratino or David Fiske, Office of Public Affairs, telephone number (202) 418-0500; TTY (202) 418-2555.

Copies of materials adopted at this meeting can be purchased from the FCC's duplicating contractor, International Transcription Services, Inc. (ITS, Inc.) at (202) 857-3800; fax (202) 857-3805 and 857-3184; or TTY (202) 293-8810. These copies are available in paper format and alternative media, including large print/type; digital disk; and audio tape. ITS may be reached by e-mail: Their Internet address is

This meeting can be viewed over George Mason University's Capitol Connection. The Capitol Connection also will carry the meeting live via the Internet. For information on these services call (703) 993-3100. The audio portion of the meeting will be broadcast live on the Internet via the FCC's Internet audio broadcast page at <>. The meeting can also be heard via telephone, for a fee, from National Narrowcast Network, telephone (202) 966-2211 or fax (202) 966-1770. Audio and video tapes of this meeting can be purchased from Infocus, 341 Victory Drive, Herndon, VA 20170, telephone (703) 834-0100; fax (703) 834-0111.


The summaries listed in this notice are intended for the use of the public attending open Commission meetings. Information not summarized may also be considered at such meetings. Consequently these summaries should not be interpreted to limit the Commission's authority to consider any relevant information.