FCC Open Meeting (August)

Update: If there's anything that people in DC love, its Friday meetings in August. Kevin Martin, he's such a crowd pleaser. The Federal Communications Commission will hold an Open Meeting on Friday, August 22, 2008, scheduled to commence at 10:00 a.m. in Room TW-C305, at 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. The Commission will consider: 1) roaming obligations of Commercial Mobile Radio Service Providers, 2) implementation of the New and Emerging Technologies 911 Improvement Act of 2008, 3) new digital TV must carry rules. Sunscreen is optional.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin has circulated the following items for consideration by his fellow FCC Commissioners as part of the tentative agenda for an open meeting scheduled for Friday, August 22, 2008:

  1. Roaming - A Memorandum Opinion and Order on Reconsideration that addresses issues raised in petitions for reconsideration of the Roaming Report and Order.
  2. Low Power Auxiliary Stations in the 700 MHz Band - Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and Order regarding the operation of broadcast low power auxiliary stations (including wireless microphones) within the 700 MHz Band.
  3. NET 911 - An NPRM that seeks comment on implementing the New and Emerging Technologies (NET) 911 Improvement Act of 2008.
  4. Universal Service - A Notice of Inquiry that seeks comment on ways to improve the management and administration of the Universal Service Fund.
  5. Carriage of Digital Television Broadcast Signals - An Amendment to Part 76 of the Commission's Rules, Fourth Report & Order.
  6. Fireside Media - An Order concerning Fireside Media and its participation in Auction No. 37.
  7. DTV - Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture and Order for DTV Tuner Violation.

Topics selected for open meeting agendas are made public and posted on the Commission's website approximately three weeks prior to the Commission's next monthly meeting. The Commission will continue to issue a public notice of the "Commission Meeting Agenda" one week before the meeting and announce at that time the items that are scheduled for the agenda.

"I would encourage the commissioners to try to consider these items first on circulation," Chairman Martin said during an Aug. 4 conference call with reporters. "If we did, there wouldn't end up being a meeting. I haven't had a chance to go over these items with the other commissioners but I think these are important for the commission to try to address." If the commission does meet Aug. 22, Martin said it would most likely be on a conference call.

See Martin Sets August Agenda for FCC