FCC postpones meeting
The Federal Communications Commission yesterday changed its scheduled meeting for today to Friday.
In a release announcing the 24-hour delay, the FCC stated that “the prompt and orderly conduct of Commission business required this change and no earlier announcement was possible.”
One item on the FCC agenda at the meeting is expected to generate new service rules for the 1.7 GHz and 2.1 GHz bands that are scheduled to be auctioned next year—possibly as early as June. Medley Global Advisors yesterday said commissioners favor a six-license plan for the 90 MHz of spectrum proposed by T-Mobile, which is expected to be one of the most aggressive bidders for the airwaves.
Multiple news reports indicated that FCC Chairman Kevin Martin is attempting to secure the votes necessary to declare DSL offerings to be an unregulated information service, as the Supreme Court recently categorized cable-modem services. Although the item is not on the commission’s agenda for this week’s meeting, several Beltway sources indicate that the FCC could act on the issue before the end of the week.