Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the items below are tentatively on the agenda for the Jan Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 30, 2019.
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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the items below are tentatively on the agenda for the March Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Friday, March 15, 2019:
Spectrum Horizons – The Commission will consider a First Report and Order that would adopt rules to make available 21.2 GHz of spectrum above 95 GHz for unlicensed operations and create a new class of experimental licenses for the 95 GHz to 3 THz spectrum range. (ET Docket No. 18-21; RM-11795)
Rescheduling – Because the agency is currently funded under a Continuing Resolution that runs through February 15, the FCC’s statutorily-required monthly meeting has been moved from February 21 to February 14.
These items were originally circulated for the January meeting but were withdrawn due to the lapse in appropriations.
Due to the current partial lapse in appropriations, the items previously set forth in the January 3, 2019 Tentative Agenda (see below) will not be considered at the meeting. The meeting will consist of announcements only.
Sprint and T-Mobile have announced plans to merge, which would significantly increase concentration in the wireless industry—reducing the number of major wireless carriers from four to three, increasing prices for consumers, and lowering wages for workers.
A discussion of groundbreaking new research quantifying the impact of the proposed merger on the wages of retail workers in the wireless industry.
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12:00 – 12:05 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
12:05 – 1:05 p.m. Eliminating Access Arbitrage–What’s at Stake and What Should the FCC Do?
- The Honorable William E. Kovacic
Global Competition Professor Of Law And Policy
George Washington University Law School
Washington , DC
- Mr. Geoffrey A. Manne
President And Founder
International Center for Law and Economics
Portland , OR
- Professor Abbott (Tad) B. Lipsky
Adjunct Professor Of Law And Director Of Competition Advocacy
Global Antitrust Institute at Scalia Law School at George Mason University
Arlington , VA
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