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COMMISSION SUSPENDS SUNSHINE PERIOD PROHIBITION TO PERMIT MEETINGS WITH NATIVE NATIONS LEADERS REGARDING THREE ITEMS ON THE MARCH 3, 2011 OPEN MEETING AGENDA

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Released: March 3, 2011

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St., S.W.

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

Washington, D.C. 20554

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

DA 11-425

Released: March 3, 2011

COMMISSION SUSPENDS SUNSHINE PERIOD PROHIBITION TO PERMIT MEETINGS

WITH NATIVE NATIONS LEADERS REGARDING THREE ITEMS ON THE MARCH 3, 2011

OPEN MEETING AGENDA

CG Docket No. 11-41

WT Docket No. 11-40
MB Docket No. 09-52

By public notice released February 24, 2011, the Commission announced that it would consider at
the open Commission meeting on March 3, 2011 three items concerning the provision of communications
services to Native Nations. These are: (1) Policies to Promote Rural Radio Service and to Streamline
Allotment and Assignment Procedures, (2) Improving Communications Services for Native Nations by
Promoting Greater Utilization of Spectrum Over Tribal Lands, and (3) Improving Communications
Services for Native Nations.
Ordinarily, the Sunshine period prohibition, contained in section 1.1203 of the Commission's
rules,1 would, with certain exceptions not applicable here, prohibit all presentations to decision-makers
regarding these three items until release of the text of decisions or orders relating to them or removal of
these items from the agenda. The Commission finds, however, that it would serve the public interest to
be able to meet with Native Nations leaders after the adoption of actions concerning these items before
their release. Accordingly, pursuant to section 1.1200(a) of the Commission's rules,2 the Commission
exercises its discretion to suspend the sunshine period to permit such meetings. The content of these
meetings will be subject to public disclosure under the provisions of the rules governing permit-but
disclose proceedings.3
For further information, please contact Cynthia Bryant, Office of Native Affairs and Policy,
Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, at (202) 418-8164, or email at cynthia.bryant@fcc.gov.
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1 47 C.F.R. 1.1203.
2 47 C.F.R. 1.1200(a).
3 See 47 C.F.R. 1.1206(b)(2).

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