FCC March 2021 Open Meeting Agenda
February 23, 2021
A flurry of orders, rulemakings, inquiries, and adjudications aimed at advancing the United States’ economic recovery and preparing for a post-COVID world.:
- Steps to better prepare for emergencies like Winter Storm Uri. The FCC will consider an Order that would permit the agency to share important information about communications outages with state and federal partners.
- Updates to the way Americans receive emergency alerts wherever they are—on their phones, on television, and on radio. The FCC will consider a rulemaking that proposes new rules to keep the public safe and informed during emergencies and disasters, and an inquiry on whether it would be possible to deliver emergency alerts via other forms of communications. This will implement the bipartisan READI Act, which was enacted into law as Section 9201 of the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021.
- Helping to deliver the 5G you were promised. That means 5G that is fast, secure, resilient, and most importantly, available across the country. The FCC will consider an Order that will make much-needed mid-band spectrum in the 3.45-3.55 GHz band available for 5G, and a Public Notice that will seek comment on how the FCC should auction this spectrum to ensure that it is put to use quickly in service of the American people.
- Building a better, a more secure 5G network of the future. The FCC will launch an inquiry on the benefits and challenges of building 5G radio access networks with open and interoperable technologies. With this inquiry, the FCC will start to compile a record about how we can secure our vulnerable supply chains once and for all and revitalize the nation’s 5G leadership and innovation.
- An item from our Enforcement Bureau and two national security items.