FCC Open Meeting and Localism Hearing

The Federal Communications Commission will hold an Open Meeting Wednesday, October 31, 2007, which is scheduled to commence at 9:30 a.m. in Room TW-C305, at 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. Expect an agenda on Oct 24, 2007.

FCC Localism Hearing to be Held in Washington, DC, on October 31st
Washington, DC – The Federal Communications Commission today announced it will hold its sixth localism hearing on Wednesday, October 31, 2007. The hearing will be held in the Commission Meeting Room, Room TW-C305, at 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C.
Along with competition and diversity, promoting localism is a key goal of the Commission’s media ownership rules. The purpose of the hearing is to gather information from consumers, industry, civic organizations, and others on broadcasters’ role in their local communities and proposed changes to our rules. This hearing will include a presentation by the Media Bureau summarizing the record that the Commission has received on the topic of localism, a panel presentation, and a period for public comment.
Open captioning and sign language interpreters will be provided for this event. Other
reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Please include a description of the accommodation you will need and as much detail as possible. Also, please include your contact information. Make your request as early as possible. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may not be possible to fill. Send an e-mail to [email protected] or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY).
Audio/Video coverage of the meeting will be broadcast live with open captioning over the Internet from the FCC's Audio/Video Events web page at www.fcc.gov/realaudio. Spanish language translation service will be provided. In addition, the hearing will be recorded, and the recording will be made available to the public. The public may also file comments or other documents with the Commission and should reference MB 04-233. Filing instructions are provided at http://www.fcc.gov/localism/filinginstructions.doc.
Press inquiries should be directed to Mary Diamond at 202-418-2388.

Agenda

SUMMARY: The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning appropriate changes, if any, to its implementation of Section 224 of the Act, governing access to pole attachments.

The Commission will consider a Report and Order, Declaratory Ruling, Order on Remand, and a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing a number of local number portability (LNP) and certain other numbering requirements.

The Commission will consider a Report and Order concerning the use of exclusive contracts for the provision of video services to multiple dwelling units (“MDUs”) and other real estate developments.

The Commission will consider a Second Report and Order concerning Section 621(a)(1)'s directive that local franchising authorities not unreasonably refuse to award competitive franchises and the application of the Commission's findings in the First Report and Order to existing franchises.

Along with competition and diversity, promoting localism is a key goal of the Commission’s media ownership rules. The purpose of the hearing is to gather information from consumers, industry, civic organizations, and others on broadcasters’ role in their local communities and proposed changes to our rules.

Additional information concerning this meeting may be obtained from Audrey Spivack or David Fiske, Office of Media Relations, (202) 418-0500; TTY 1-888-835-5322. Audio/Video coverage of the meeting will be broadcast live with open captioning over the Internet from the FCC's Audio/Video Events web page at www.fcc.gov/realaudio.

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