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Table of Contents - January 11, 2019

Senate Action Gives FCC Full Slate of Commissioners For First Time in Seven Months

FCC Commissioners, lawmakers, and outside entities welcomed the Senate's Jan. 2 confirmation of Democrat Geoffrey Starks as an FCC Commissioner and Republican Commissioner Brendan Carr for a second term.

The Senate the same day also confirmed the nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier for director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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Items Addressing CAF Transition, IP CTS, Anti-Spoofing Teed Up for January Meeting

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai plans to ask his fellow Commissioners to vote at their Jan. 30 meeting on ending Connect America Fund Phase I support in certain areas as CAF Phase II support begins, on improving the Internet protocol captioned telephone service (IP CTS) program, and on implementing the anti-spoofing provisions of the RAY BAUM'S Act, as well as addressing certain broadcast issues.

The Jan. 30 meeting tentative agenda was released on Jan. 3, nearly a week earlier than normal practice would dictate, as the agency was shutting down most of its operations due to a lack of funding. The FCC is among the departments and agencies for which fiscal 2019 budgets have not been passed and which had been operating under a continuing resolution that expired Dec. 21. The FCC used unexpended funding to remain open until mid-day on Jan. 3. The FCC said that "work required for the protection of life and property will continue, as will any work related to spectrum auctions, which is funded by auction proceeds. In addition, the Office of the Inspector General will continue operations until further notice."

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