FCC Open Meeting Canceled

Update2: On Dec 12, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it has canceled its open meeting scheduled for Thursday, Dec 18. The cancelation came in response to a request by Sen Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Rep Henry Waxman (D-CA) that the FCC pay more attention to a smooth transition to digital television early next year.

Update: The Federal Communications Commission will hold an Open Meeting on Thursday, December 18, 2008 tentatively at 10:00 a.m. but definitely in Room TW-C305, at 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington (DC). The FCC will consider: 1) spectrum auction rules/free broadband proposal, 2) wireless license renewal, 3) DTV translator service, 4) cable carriage rules, 5) violations of the Commission's DTV consumer education requirements, 6) wireless, enhanced 911 location requirements, and 7) Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service. Admission is free; you pay at the door. There are plenty of seats; you sit on the floor. Can't make it in person? 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.

The FCC is tentatively planning to hold an open meeting at 10am December 18, 2008.

Chairman Kevin J. Martin has circulated the following items for consideration by his fellow FCC Commissioners:

Advanced Wireless Services (AWS)

A Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration addressing service rules for fixed and mobile services, including advanced wireless services (AWS), in the 2155-2180 MHz band (AWS-3).

Program Carriage and Program Access

A Report and Order modifying the program carriage rules and procedures and a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on the practices of programmers and broadcasters.

DTV Translators

A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing a new digital television translator service for analog loss areas.

DTV Consumer Education Notice of Apparent Liability

An omnibus NAL against various companies for apparent violations of the Commission's DTV consumer education requirements.

E911 Location Accuracy Requirements

A Second Report and Order addressing the geographic area over which wireless carriers must meet the Enhanced 911 (E911) location accuracy requirements.

Regulatory Framework for SDARS and WCS in the 2305-2360 MHz Band

A Report and Order and Second Report and Order and Order addressing the a regulatory framework for the coexistence of licensees in the Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service (SDARS) and the Wireless Communications Service (WCS) in the 2305-2360 MHz frequency band.

Wireless Radio Services (WRS) Renewals

A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order addressing Amendment of Parts 1, 22, 24, 27, 74, 80, 90, 95, and 101 To Establish License Renewal and Discontinuance of Operation Policies and Procedures for Certain Wireless Radio Services; Imposition of a Freeze on the Filing of Competing Renewal Applications for Certain Wireless Radio Services and the Processing of Already-Filed Competing Renewal Applications.

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.