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Table of Contents - January 17, 2020

FCC Tentative Agenda For Jan. 30 Includes RDOF, HAC, VRS Items

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai intends to ask his fellow Commissioners to vote at the agency’s Jan. 30 meeting on a draft order to establish the $20.4 billion two-stage Rural Development Opportunity Fund (RDOF), a draft notice of proposed rulemaking on incorporating a new technical standard into the agency’s hearing-aid compatibility (HAC) rules, and a draft report and order to set rules for at-home call-handling of VRS (video relay service) calls by interpreters, which the agency established as a pilot program in 2018, as well as media and enforcement items, according to the tentative agenda released Jan. 9.

The RDOF draft report and order in WC dockets 19-126 and 10-90 follows a notice of proposed rulemaking adopted in August, which drew partial dissents from Democratic Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Geoffrey Starks because of their concerns about distributing support without completing improvements to the agency’s broadband data collection, which was the subject of a separate Digital Data Opportunity Collection (DDOC) item adopted at the August meeting (TR, Aug. 16, 2019).

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Input Sought on Consumer Tools For Call-Blocking for CGB Report

The FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau has asked for input on services available to consumers for blocking robocalls and unwanted calls to be used in a report mandated by last June’s declaratory ruling that voice service providers may use analytics to identify robocalls that are likely to be unwanted and to block them on a default basis (TR, June 21, 2019).

“As the FCC continues to pull out all the stops to protect consumers against scam robocalls and spoofing, we expect phone companies and others to make effective tools available to consumers so they can block unwanted and fraudulent calls,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a press release. “This report will help us better understand where we stand on call blocking and how the actions we’ve taken to date have worked.”

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