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FCC Announces Reestablishment of the Technological Advisory Council

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Released: June 8, 2011


Federal Communications Commission

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Washington, D.C. 20554

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DA 11-1020

Released: June 8, 2011




The FCC today announces that effective June 10th, 2011 the Technical Advisory Council (TAC) will be
reestablished for a period of two years. The Council, comprised of a diverse array of leading technical
experts, helps to provide the technical expertise the Commission needs to identify important areas of
innovation and develop informed technology policies supporting America's competitiveness in the global
economy. The TAC is helping the Commission to continue the momentum of ideas and
recommendations in the National Broadband Plan, such as how broadband communications can be part of
the solution for the delivery and cost containment of health care, for energy and environmental
conservation, for education innovation and in the creation of jobs.
On April 25th, 2011, the TAC publicly released a set of eight near term recommendations to the
Commission focused on opportunities to promote innovation and further broadband deployment. These
recommendations included among others; identifying cities exemplifying "best practices" in broadband
deployment, facilitating the use of federal lands for broadband infrastructure deployment, establishing
quality measures for broadband deployment, and facilitating coordination of access to buried
infrastructure. In addition, other ideas were targeted for further development on subjects including
broadband deployment, the transition to IPv6, infrastructure sharing opportunities and critical technology
transitions. These ideas and other ongoing work will be discussed at the next TAC meeting to be held on
June 29th 2011, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th Street, S.W.,
Washington, D.C. The public is invited to attend.
Tom Wheeler, Managing Director, Core Capital Partners, serves as Chairman of the Council. Walter
Johnston, Chief of the Electromagnetic Compatibility Division, serves as the Designated Federal Officer.
Julius Knapp, Chief of the Office of Engineering and Technology is the Alternate Designated Federal
For further information, contact Walter Johnston at 202-418-0807 voice, Email
or visit the FCC website at

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