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Table of Contents - October 31, 2014

Wheeler Tees Up Tech Transition, 911 Accountability Items For Meeting

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler plans to ask his fellow Commissioners to vote at the agency's Nov. 21 meeting on two items addressing the effect of the transition of networks and call-routing functions to IP (Internet protocol) technology, according to a tentative agenda released today.

The broader of those two items includes a notice of proposed rulemaking, declaratory ruling, and order aimed at preserving consumers' ability to call 911 during power outages when using fiber, fixed wireless, and other copper-successor technologies that don't supply power to the handset. It also proposes transparency and other safeguards to protect subscribers during copper retirement, ensuring that they have both notice of the transition and that the new IP services will meet their needs, and asking about "allegations that carriers are not being clear with consumers about the options available when the copper network is shut down," according to a "fact sheet" outlining the items that went on circulation today for the Nov. 21 meeting.

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