Table of Contents - October 19, 2018

FCC's Seven-Item Agenda For Oct. 23 Meeting Includes 3.5 GHz, 6 GHz, BDS Items

The FCC has released a seven-item agenda for its Oct. 23 meeting, including a 3.5 gigahertz band order and a notice of proposed rulemaking proposing to free up the 6 GHz band for unlicensed use. The meeting is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m.

The other items are a report and order, further notice, and second further notice updating the agency's business data services (BDS) rules; a report and order and order concerning 800 megahertz band private land mobile radio spectrum; a further notice and report and order on whether the FCC should modify its cable rate regulatory regime; a report and order that would end the mandate that broadcasters submit paper copies of contracts to the agency; and an enforcement item.

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FCC Proposes Rules for Direct 911 Dialing by MLTS

The FCC on Sept. 26 unanimously adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require multiline telephone systems (MLTS) to allow for direct dialing to 911 and to provide the location information of callers.

The FCC adopted the NPRM in PS docket 17-239 pursuant to two new laws, the Kari's Law Act and RAY BAUM'S Act. The Kari's Law Act, which was enacted in February, is named after Kari Dunn, who was killed by her estranged husband in 2013 in a Texas motel room as her daughter attempted to call for help but couldn't reach 911 because she didn't dial "9" first.

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