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FCC Schedules BDS Vote for Nov. 17

Hardly had the FCC voted to approach one contentious item -- the broadband privacy order -- when FCC chairman Tom Wheeler had scheduled a vote on another -- the business data services (BDS) proposal.

The BDS item had been circulated for a vote by the commissioners, which meant it could have been voted out of the public eye.

But according to the tentative agenda for the agency's Nov. 17 public meeting (which can change if recent past is prologue), a vote has now been scheduled.

It is billed as light-touch regulation for competitive business broadband providers -- like cable ISPs -- and updated price cap regs for the incumbent telcos.

Not on the agenda was a public vote on the set-top rules revamp. That, too, was circulated for a vote among the commissioners, but given all the attention from stakeholders and the Hill and calls for transparency, it would likely be scheduled for a meeting vote,

Wheeler told reporters Thursday (Oct. 27) that he was still hoping to vote out the set-top item by the end of the year.

Also on the November agenda is a Report and Order on requirements for video-described programming.