FCC Releases Tentative Agenda for May 20th Open Meeting, Includes E-Rate Reform and Pole Attachment Proceedings

The FCC has released its tentative agenda for its next open meeting to be held on May 20, 2010. The agenda identifies five items, two of which are not directly related to the Broadband Plan — Mobile Wireless Competition Report and Local Number Portability Report and Order. (Note that the Wireless Report follows the FCC’s last wireless competition report, released on Jan. 16, 2009, which relied primarily on 2007 data. It is not clear from the tentative agenda whether this latest edition will be based on 2008 or more recent data.)

The remaining three broadband-related items are:

(1) WCS-SDARS Report and Order (enabling broadband use in WCS band)

(2) E-Rate NPRM (initiating reforms to E-Rate program)

(3) Pole Attachments Order and FNPRM (ensuring "nondiscriminatory, just, and reasonable access to utility poles")

Like its tentative agenda for the April 21 meeting, the FCC has not provided much more detail than this. In the meantime, you can refer to DWT’s Advisory on the Broadband Plan for further discussion of these upcoming issues and what to expect in these proceedings.