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FCC September Open Meeting Includes Consumer Issues
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The next FCC Open Meeting, scheduled for September 30, 2021, will address a number of items of importance to consumers and their advocates.
They include:
  • Stopping Illegal Robocalls from Entering American Phone Networks.  Among the most difficult type of robocalls to stop are those that originate from outside of the country.  The FCC will consider a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) to impose obligations on gateway providers to use robocall-fighting tools to help stem the tide of foreign-based robocalls.
  • Shielding 911 Call Centers from Robocalls.  The FCC Acting Chairwoman and Commissioners will consider a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) to help shield Public Safety Access Points (PSAPs) – 911 call centers – from unwanted robocalls.  The FNPRM will seek public comment a potential update the FCC's rules regarding the implementation of the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Do-Not-Call registry in order to protect PSAPs from unwanted robocalls.
  • Protecting Consumers from SIM Swap and Port-Out Fraud.  The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to address SIM-swapping and port-out fraud.
  • The Open Meeting will also consider items aimed to promote more resilient wireless networks; enhance and improve spectrum management rules; clarify Tribal library definitions to improve access to Universal Service Fund support; and strengthen security review of companies with foreign ownership.
    The open meeting will be webcast live and for free at www.fcc.gov/live beginning at 10:30 a.m. Eastern on September 30th.  Approximately 24 hours later, the meeting will be available for public streaming in archives at https://www.fcc.gov/news-events/events/archived.
    Open captioning will be provided as well as a text only version on the FCC website.  Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request.  In your request, include a description of the accommodation you will need and a way we can contact you if we need more information.  Last minute requests will be accepted but may be impossible to fill.  Send an e-mail to:  fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530.