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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
February 29, 2012
Neil Grace, 202-418-0506
FCC ANNOUNCES TENTATIVE AGENDA FOR MARCH OPEN MEETING
(Washington, D.C.) – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced
that the following items will be on the tentative agenda for the next open meeting scheduled for
Wednesday, March 21, 2012:
Review of the Program Access Rules Notice of Proposed Rulemaking:
The Commission will consider
a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking exploring whether to retain, sunset, or relax the exclusive contract
prohibition of the program access rules and whether to revise the program access rules to better address
Creation of a Low Power Radio Service Report and Order:
The Commission will consider a Report
and Order to implement a market-specific FM translator processing scheme, adopt application caps to
prevent trafficking, and modify policies to expand opportunities to rebroadcast AM stations on FM
Creation of a Low Power Radio Service Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Report and Order
The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding proposals to implement the
Local Community Radio Act and to strengthen the LPFM service, including second adjacent channel
waiver procedures, interference remediation requirements, and modification of eligibility, ownership, and
Promoting Interoperability in the 700 MHz Commercial Spectrum Notice of Proposed Rulemaking:
The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning the potential for harmful
interference to Lower 700 MHz B and C Block operations if the Lower 700 MHz Band were
interoperable and whether, if such interference exists, it can be reasonably mitigated. The NPRM also
seeks comment on the best course of action should the Commission determine that interoperability would
cause limited or no harmful interference to Lower 700 MHz B and C Block licensees, or that such
interference can be reasonably mitigated.
Advanced Wireless Service in the 2 GHz Band Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of
: The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing service, technical,
assignment, and licensing rules for flexible terrestrial use of spectrum currently assigned to the Mobile
Satellite Service (MSS) in the 2 GHz band. The Commission will also consider a Notice of Inquiry
regarding an alternative band plan involving additional spectrum at 1695-1710 MHz that the National
Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has proposed to reallocate from Federal to
The Open Meeting is scheduled to commence at 10:30 a.m. in Room TW-C305, at 445 12th Street, S.W.,
Washington, D.C. The event will be shown live at FCC.gov/live.