DATE CHANGE for FCC Open Meeting: November 22, 2019

In Advocacy, News by ALDA News

The date for the November Open Meeting has been changed from Tuesday, November 19, 2019 to Friday, November 22, 2019. 


The FCC has announced a tentative agenda for the Open Commission Meeting scheduled for 10:30 am on Friday, November 22, 2019.  The meeting will be held in the Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305), 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC, is open to the public, and will be streamed live on the Internet with open captioning at


As part of the agenda the Commission will consider:

  1. A draft Report and Order to expand the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund contribution base for support of Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS), and
  2. A draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to update the suspension and debarment rules and apply these rules to TRS programs and the National DeafBlind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP).


What the IP CTS Report and Order would do:

  • Amend the Commission’s rules to provide that TRS Fund contributions to support IP CTS shall be calculated based on the total interstate and intrastate end-user revenues of each telecommunications carrier and voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service provider.


What the suspension and debarment NPRM would do:

  • Propose to adopt new rules consistent with the Office of Management and Budget’s Guidance for Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension Guidelines and apply these new rules to the four USF programs, the TRS programs and the NDBEDP.


Links to Announcement about Meeting Date Change:






Public Draft of the IP CTS Report and Order:



Public Draft of the Suspension and Debarment NPRM:



More information about the November 22 meeting:


Reasonable Accommodations:  Open captioning and on-site sign language interpreting services will be provided for this event.  Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request, such as tactile interpreting services.  Requests for such accommodations should be submitted via e-mail to or by calling the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice) or (202) 418-0432 (TTY).  Such requests should include a detailed description of the accommodation needed.  In addition, please include a way the FCC can contact you if we need more information.  Please allow as much advance notice as possible; last-minute requests will be accepted but may be impossible to fill.


For more information about the IP CTS Report and Order, please contact Michael Scott, Attorney Advisor, Disability Rights Office, CGB, at (202) 418-1264  For information about the suspension and debarment NPRM, please contact Paula Silberthau, Office of General Counsel, at (202) 418-1874  Individuals who use videophones and are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) may call the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275 (videophone).  TTY users may call the FCC’s TTY number at (888) 835-5322.