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August 2011 Open Commission Meeting

10:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT
445 12th St. SW, Washington, D.C. 20554

The FCC held an Open Meeting on the subjects listed below on Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The meeting also included a presentation of the 2011 Excellence in Economics and Excellence in Engineering awards.

  • Unleashing Spectrum for Wireless Backhaul to Promote Broadband Deployment Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: The Commission considered as part of its Broadband Acceleration Initiative a Report and Order, Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Memorandum Opinion and Order addressing several proposals to remove regulatory barriers to the full and effective use of certain spectrum bands for wireless backhaul to promote broadband deployment. The item also addresses other ways to make additional spectrum available for wireless backhaul.
  • Foreign Ownership Review Streamlining NPRM: As part of the regulatory reform efforts, the Commission considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to reduce regulatory burdens and streamline the review process for foreign ownership of common carrier radio licensees (e.g., wireless phone companies) and certain aeronautical radio licensees under section 310(b)(4) of the Communications Act, while ensuring the Commission continues to receive the information it needs to serve the public interest. This item does not address issues related to foreign ownership of broadcast licensees.
  • Foreign Ownership Rulings Review Order: This item has been adopted by the Commission and has been deleted from the Agenda.
    As part of its efforts to provide greater clarity regarding foreign ownership review procedures, the Commission will consider an Order on Reconsideration addressing two section 310(b)(4) foreign ownership rulings granted to Verizon Wireless in two proceedings approving its acquisitions of Rural Cellular Corporation (RCC) and Alltel Corporation (Alltel).

Meeting Documents

Wireless Backhaul Spectrum Made Available:


FCC Proposes Foreign Ownership Review Streamlining:


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