Tuesday, November 22, 2011

FCC Announces Tenative December Agenda

The FCC has announced its tentative agenda for the December Open Meeting.  The Commission will consider a Report and Order that protects consumers by implementing the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act to prevent digital television commercial advertisements from being transmitted at louder volumes than the program material they accompany.  

The Meeting is Scheduled for Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.  It may be viewed at http://www.fcc.gov/live 

FCC Announces Conversion to 2010 Census Tracts for Future Form 477 Filings

Today the Wireline Competition Bureau announced a conversion to 2010 census tracts for broadband subscribership reporting in future FCC Form 477 filings.  The Commission requires facilities-based wired, terrestrial fixed wireless, and satellite broadband service providers to report on FCC Form 477 the number of broadband subscribers they have in each census track they serve.   This change will go into effect for the March 1, 2012 Form 477 deadline, which collects information about operations as of December 31, 2011.    

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for November Open Meeting

Today, the Commission released a tentative agenda for the FCC’s next Open Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 30, 2011. 

Additional Spectrum for Medical Radiocommunication Devices: The Commission will consider a Report and Order that allocates spectrum in the 413-457 MHz band and adopts service and technical rules to allow the use of new types of implanted medical devices that use functional electric stimulation to, among other things, restore sensation, mobility, and function to paralyzed limbs and organs.

Presentation on Commission Efforts to Address Barriers to Broadband Adoption: Commission staff will provide a presentation on the Commission’s recent broadband adoption efforts, including a first-of-its-kind national effort to address the barriers to broadband adoption, digital literacy and the employment skills gap.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be broadcast live at www.FCC.gov/live

Thursday, November 3, 2011

FCC requests information for its 16th Annual Report on the State of Mobile Wireless Competition

The Commission has released a Public Notice seeking input and data on mobile wireless competition for its 16th Annual Report on the State of Competition in Mobile Wireless (“Sixteenth Report”) (attached).  The Commission is interested in obtaining data and metrics that quantify the importance of mobile data and mobile broadband services.  These would include detailed, comprehensive, historical measurements of mobile data traffic, usage, subscribers, and devices.  For the Sixteenth Report, the Commission requests that commenters submit data and statistics for the calendar-year 2010 time period, as well as information on any trends and developments that have occurred during 2010 or 2011.  Comments are due December 5, 2011 with Reply Comments due December 20, 2011.