Patton Boggs Techcomm Industry Update - Week of May 5, 2009

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    White House Officials Active With Broadband Stimulus Programs

    Despite a congressional mandate charging the Agriculture and Commerce departments with overseeing the broadband stimulus funds, the White House is playing a key behind-the-scenes role. Sources told Congress Daily that the White House has stepped in to oversee the initiative due in part to key vacancies at both agencies and the FCC. "We're helping to coordinate between agencies," a White House official told Congress Daily, acknowledging that the Obama administration is providing guidance on policy matters, such as which regulatory strings should be attached to the funding.

    Susan Crawford, special assistant to the President for science, technology and innovation policy and a member of President Obama's National Economic Council, is coordinating much of the effort. She was heavily involved with crafting the broadband provisions of the economic stimulus package since February, Commerce Department records show.

    Crawford recently expressed interest in Australia’s announcement that the country will be using a wholesale approach for its $30 billion fiber network investment, which officials there say will benefit other sectors of its economy. She supports investment in backhaul facilities, especially in rural areas, and using the Internet to develop new ideas.

    Two officials at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy -- Deputy Policy Director Tom Kalil and Chief of Staff Jim Kohlenberger -- also have been influential in developing the broadband stimulus program, which hopes to spur deployment of high-speed connectivity to areas with limited or no service.

    Obama has nominated Larry Strickling, a former FCC official who worked on his presidential campaign, to head NTIA; FCC member Jonathan Adelstein to run the Rural Utilities Service; and Julius Genachowski, his top technology adviser, to chair the FCC. All are awaiting confirmation hearings. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) has indicated that he intends to hold a confirmation hearing for Genachoswki before the Memorial Day recess.


    First RUS NOFA Likely to be Released in June 2009

    At the Broadband Properties Summit last week, Ken Kuchno, Director of the Broadband Division at USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS), discussed the agency’s efforts to award the $2.5 million in broadband stimulus funds fairly and efficiently. Before discussing the stimulus funds, Kuchno outlined the current FY2009 budget and the amounts allocated for RUS current programs, including:

    • $690,000,000 for the Traditional Loan Program,

    • $400,467,000 for the Broadband Loan Program,

    • $13,406,000 for Community Connect Grants, and

    • $34,755,000 for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program.

    The $2.5 million in stimulus funds is in addition to the current FY2009 funds. Kuchno indicated that RUS and NTIA received about 1,500 comments in response to the Joint Request for Information that were due April 13, 2009, but approximately 1,000 of those comments are substantive and will be considered by the agencies. Kuchno advised potential applicants that RUS is focused on trying to deploy broadband service in rural areas that will result in economic development. RUS will most favorably consider broadband applications that result in the greatest economic development.

    RUS and NTIA still plan for three rounds of funding between now and September 30, 2010. Kuchno said that it is an RUS goal to issue the first Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) by June 20, 2009. The NOFA will include all the necessary RUS regulations for the stimulus grants and loans including amounts available, project eligibility requirements, matching fund requirements and restrictions, implementation of the statute’s priorities and timing of the application window. Applicants will likely have between 30 and 60 days to complete their applications. RUS also hopes to have the first round of grants and loans obligated by September 2009.

    RUS plans to have workshops and webinars instructing applicants on the new rules and filing procedures beginning in June and running through July. Stay tuned for more information.


    President Taps Clyburn as FCC Commissioner

    President Obama announced that he is nominating Mignon Clyburn, a state regulator in South Carolina and daughter of House Majority Whip Clyburn, for a Democratic seat on the five-member FCC. Mignon Clyburn has been a member of the South Carolina Public Service Commission since 1998 and its chairwoman from 2002-2004. She is presently the chair of the Washington Action Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). Clyburn also serves on NARUC’s Audit Committee and Utilities Market Access Partnership Board. Clyburn graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking, Finance & Economics in 1984. Before her election to the Public Service Commission she spent fourteen years as the Publisher and General Manager of The Coastal Times, a weekly newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina.


    House Panel Examines Cybersecurity Threats

    On Friday, the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet examined threats to critical infrastructure, including communications networks, power grids, and governmental information systems. Among the witnesses were Rodney Joffe, Senior Vice President and Senior Technologist for Neustar, Greg Nojeim, Senior Counsel of the Center for Democracy and Technology, Dan Kaminsky, Director of Penetration Testing, IOActive and Larry Clinton, President and CEO of Internet Security Alliance.


    DigitalBridge Communications Announces a Strategic Investment by the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative

    Last week, DigitalBridge Communications Corp. (DBC), a leading private operator of WiMAX 4G broadband networks in underserved regions of the United States, announced that it raised an additional round of equity financing, including a significant investment from the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC). By combining capabilities, and executing a distribution agreement between NRTC and DBC, NRTC’s 1,500 rural telecommunications and electric cooperative members will now be able to work with DBC to rapidly deploy affordable, next-generation services to large parts of rural America using WiMAX technology. NRTC acquired a seat on DBC’s board of directors.

    NRTC, a not-for-profit cooperative, has been a pioneer in introducing advanced telecommunications services to strengthen its members’ businesses and improve the quality of life in rural America. During the mid-1990s NRTC provided the first external funding and led in the launch of DIRECTV, activating nearly 2 million of its initial subscribers. More recently, NRTC repeated that success by investing in WildBlue, a satellite Internet access provider. NRTC activated all of WildBlue’s first-year customers, and today WildBlue provides Internet access to more than 350,000 subscribers.

    During the past two years, DBC has launched service in 15 communities nationwide. The company not only brings fixed broadband wireless services to a variety of customers—consumers, businesses, educational, healthcare, and public safety institutions—but also provides mobile broadband services through WiMAX-enabled laptops, netbooks, USB adapters and other portable devices. DBC’s open, all-IP network and cost structure will enable NRTC members to significantly expand broadband service in their markets at a fraction of the capital and operating cost required for traditional wired and wireless services.

    “The Administration and Congress have made the expansion of broadband a national priority, and it’s a goal that we embrace,” said Bob Phillips, NRTC President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our nearly 1,500 members have a commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities they serve and have demonstrated the ability to deliver advanced technologies to their consumer members . . . Broadband is now a utility – like electricity and phone service. Expanding the availability of high-speed Internet access is key to closing the digital divide, creating jobs and spurring economic development in rural America,” said Phillips. “WiMAX can also provide a solution for electric cooperative members who are implementing smart grid technologies that rely on enhanced communications capabilities.”

    “WiMAX is rapidly being deployed around the globe,” said Phillips. “It is a proven, scalable technology, that is ‘shovel-ready’ and a natural fit for our members who have a proven track record of delivering new technologies, such as DIRECTV and WildBlue satellite Internet service.” According to the industry organization WiMAX Forum, global WiMAX deployments are approaching 460 networks in more than 135 countries with an expected reach of 800 million people by 2010.


    BRS Auction Planned for October

    The FCC will hold an auction of unassigned Broadband Radio Service (“BRS”) spectrum (Auction No. 86) on October 27, 2009. The auction will include 78 licenses in the 2.5 GHz band. Any licenses sold in Auction No. 86 will not include the geographic service areas of any overlapping, co-channel incumbent licenses. Anyone interested in participating in the auction should engage a consulting engineer to determine the spectrum and coverage area that will actually convey with a BTA license.

    The FCC is seeking comment, due May 15, 2009, on its proposed auction procedures including a simultaneous multiple-round auction format, anonymous bidding, and upfront payments. The FCC proposes to calculate upfront payments on a license-by-license basis using a formula based on bandwidth and license area population: $0.01 x MHz x BTA population. For example, the Bozeman, MT BTA has an upfront payment of $64,000 and the Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL BTA has an upfront payment of $3,026,000.


    House Republicans Seek To Reform FCC Rulemaking

    House Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Joe Barton (R-TX) and House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee Ranking Member Cliff Stearns (R-FL) introduced legislation on Thursday intended to improve the commission's regulatory practices. The measure would permit public review of proposed rules before FCC adoption and would require the agency to provide sufficient time for comments. It also would ensure that commissioners are granted sufficient time to review proposals and would require the agency to notify Congress about delays involving the publication of its actions and reports.

    "As the pace of competition and technological change increases in our country's communications markets, sound decision-making at the FCC and faith in how it makes those decisions become all the more important," Barton said in a statement. "Not only are the issues far more complex, they affect far more Americans and American businesses than ever before."


    Device Manufacturers Embrace Google’s Android Platform

    Samsung just announced the release of its first handset based on Google’s Android platform, the I7500. The tri-band (900 MHz, 1700 MHz and 2100 MHz bands), candy bar sized, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled phone also includes an AMOLED touchscreen display, a 5-megapixel camera and 8GB of internal storage, with a microSD slot. The only thing missing from the phone is a physical keyboard.

    Germany’s O2 will be the first to launch the phone in June 2009 with other European countries soon to follow. In the U.S., Samsung will offer two distinctly different Android phones, likely through Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile.

    Samsung is the second manufacturer to bring an Android phone to the commercial market. HTC offers the G1 and the Magic and has plans to release at least two more Android devices before the end of this year. LG Electronics and Motorola have announced plans to release Android phones this year, along with smaller firms including Acer and Huawei.


    D.C., Atlanta and Seattle Selected for Mobile DTV Trials

    The Open Mobile Video Coalition, a U.S. broadcasting industry association, announced plans to launch mobile DTV technology and products in the Washington, D.C. area. The Coalition also announced trials in Atlanta and Seattle for technical research and development of device interoperability. The D.C. consumer test will go live before the end of the summer and will allow broadcasters to feature and test mobile DTV programming. The initial participants include Fox Television Stations' WDCA-DT, Gannett Broadcasting's WUSA-DT, ION Media Networks' WPXW-DT, NBC Universal's WRC-DT, PBS's WHUT-DT. Approximately 70 U.S. stations have signed up to deliver live mobile broadcasts in 28 markets by the end of 2009.

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    House Bill Would Provide Universal Service Support to Head Start Programs

    Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) this week introduced legislation, H.R. 2166, that would expand the Universal Service Fund support to include any public or private nonprofit agency that is designated by the Health and Human Services Department as part of the Head Start program. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.


    Following House Internet Privacy Hearing, Eshoo Seeks Detail on AT&T’s Online Ad Activity

    Following testimony from AT&T Chief Privacy Officer Dorothy Attwood during an April 23rd House hearing on Internet privacy, Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) is asking AT&T whether the company tracks Internet subscribers' online activities to target advertising. In a letter to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, Eshoo asked whether AT&T has used AudienceScience.com or any other behavioral advertiser to place ads on the Internet, and if so, whether those firms notify consumers when data is collected. AT&T is apparently listed as a customer of AudienceScience. Eshoo also asked whether consumers are allowed to control what data is collected by advertising vendors and how it is used. The letter also asked Stephenson when AT&T began advertising to consumers using behavioral targeting and whether it continues to engage in that activity. If AT&T has stopped, she asked AT&T to say when it ended the practice.

    During the hearing, Eshoo noted that the collection of personal data online is largely unregulated and questioned how to regulate such data collection in the context of different industries, such as health care and finance. To Eshoo’s point, panel witness Leslie Harris, President and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology, noted that such “sectoral privacy laws are far outpaced by technological innovation.” Harris called on lawmakers to enact baseline consumer privacy legislation”

    The subcommittee hearing was the first of two hearings that Chairman Rick Boucher (D-VA) said he plans to hold on privacy that will explore deep packet inspection (dpi) technologies, behavioral advertising and location-based privacy. Although Boucher acknowledged the beneficial uses of dpi technologies to better control networks and block viruses and worms, he said the “privacy intrusion potential is nothing short of frightening.” Boucher said testimony from the hearing’s witnesses would reveal what safeguards are in place to ensure consumers are given meaningful consent and provide a preview of the future uses of network based technologies.

    For his part, Brian Knapp, Chief Operating Officer of Loopt, Inc., noted that privacy was a key concern when his company began offering location-based services that allow friends and family to connect and share location information. “We have strong privacy practices and policies,” Knapp said, noting that Loopt’s privacy program is effective because it involves user control, education and notice. Loopt secures informed consent from every user who proceeds through multi-step registration process and provides customers several ways to access the company’s privacy policies on the company’s home page and via e-mail.

    Kyle McSlarrow, President and CEO of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, said none of his association’s cable ISPs use dpi for behavioral advertising, but are interested in a way to provide more relevant advertising to consumers. The panel’s other witnesses were Ben Scott, Policy Director of the Free Press , Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director of The Electronic Privacy Information Center and Richard Bennett, Publisher of BroadbandPolitics.com.

    At the hearing’s end, Boucher indicated that legislation he and Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) introduced during the last Congress will serve as the foundation of a privacy measure going forward.


    Blackburn Predicts Royalty Legislation Will Pass

    Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) predicted that Congress would pass legislation requiring radio stations that play music to pay royalties to artists and urged its opponents to help formulate a final measure. "This is going to happen," Blackburn said during a speech at the Institute for Policy Innovation. Blackburn said the bill’s passage is important to the America’s image. "By not a having a performance rights recognition on the books, we are in the league with China, North Korea and Iran," said Blackburn, whose district includes the Nashville and Memphis suburbs. Broadcasters have opposed the measure as a performance tax on radio stations.


    Supreme Court Upholds the FCC’s New Fleeting Expletives Policy

    In a 5-4 decision in favor of the FCC, the Supreme Court upheld the FCC’s “fleeting expletives” policy that threatens to fine broadcasters if a curse word is said once on live television. The Court remanded the case to the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to determine whether the policy violates the Constitution’s First Amendment free speech guarantee. The Supreme Court determined that the FCC’s new indecency policy is “neither arbitrary nor capricious” and concluded that the FCC was reasonable in reaching the conclusion that some words referring to sex and excrement are always indecent.

    Acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps released a statement supporting the Court’s decision and noting the “decision should reassure parents that their children can still be protected from indecent material on the nation’s airwaves.” Fox filed the original appeal and expressed hope that it will prevail once the Second Circuit resolves the First Amendment issues. The case stems from fines the FCC issued for fleeting expletives uttered by Bono, Cher and Nicole Richie during award show broadcasts that aired live in 2002 and 2003.


    FCC Seeks Comment on Migratory Bird Proposal

    The FCC is seeking comment on a Petition for Rulemaking filed by the American Bird Conservancy, Defenders of Wildlife, and National Audubon Society, requesting that the FCC adopt new rules implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Comments on petitioners’ request are due May 29, 2009. In their request, petitioners asked the FCC to:

    • prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement addressing the environmental consequences of its Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) program on migratory birds and the environment;

    • clarify the roles, responsibilities and obligations of the Commission, applicants, and non-federal representatives in complying with the ESA;

    • consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the ASR program regarding all effects of towers and antenna structures on endangered and threatened species; and

    complete the proposed rulemaking in the Migratory Birds Proceeding to adopt measures to reduce migratory bird deaths.


    Bankrupt Nortel May Sell Its Stake in LG-Nortel

    Nortel was recently granted a three-month extension of its bankruptcy protection in Canada. Nortel hired Goldman Sachs to help it sell its controlling stake in its LG-Nortel joint venture for nearly $1 billion to raise money. Potential buyers include Providence Equity and the Carlyle Group. As part of its restructuring, Nortel also is considering selling its Metro Ethernet Unit and will cut about 5,000 jobs.


    Verizon Wireless is Negotiating with Apple and Microsoft for iPhone-Like Devices

    Verizon Wireless and Apple are said to be in talks and considering a partnership that would bring two iPhone devices to Verizon Wireless. One device, dubbed iPhone Lite, would be a smaller, less expensive iPhone and the second device is rumored to be a Wi-Fi enabled media pad that would allow users to enjoy music, photos and videos. One of the devices could be available before the end of this summer. Since neither device is an iPhone, the possible partnership would not violate Apple’s exclusive distribution arrangement for the iPhone with AT&T, which AT&T is trying to extend until 2011.

    Separately, Verizon Wireless is in talks with Microsoft to provide a touchscreen multimedia device based on its Windows Mobile platform, a device that will compete directly with Apple’s iPhone. The new device also will contain Microsoft’s Windows Marketplace for Mobile. The hardware for the device will be produced by a third party.


    Clear Channel is in a Cash Flow Crisis

    Clear Channel may be unable to make its debt payments due to decreased advertising revenue, which is causing cash flow problems. To reduce costs, Clear Channel has laid off nearly 2,400 employees for a total reduction of nearly 12 percent. Clear Channel’s interest payments rise significantly if it is unable to make its debt payments.

    Some media companies have persuaded creditors to exchange debt for equity in order to avoid default or bankruptcy. Clear Channel is not in such a position. Its equity holders would prefer an out-of-court restructuring, but the banks may force Clear Channel into bankruptcy. With advertising revenues expected to continue to decline, it is increasing likely that Clear Channel will breach its loan covenants by the end of this year and will be in default. Clear Channel is not alone in its financial struggle. Media companies such as Tribune, are being forced into bankruptcy because they took on too much debt.



    INDUSTRY CALENDAR

    Meetings and Events

    May 3, 2009

    Pursuant to OMB Guidelines, federal agencies to make performance funding plans with respect to the stimulus bill publicly available

    Pursuant to OMB Guidelines, federal agencies to begin reporting on their allocations for entitlement programs under the stimulus bill

    May 5-6, 2009

    WCAI Policy Summit, Washington, D.C.

    May 6-7, 2009

    Radio Ink: Hispanic Radio Conference, Los Angeles, CA

    May 7, 2009

    FCC Diversity Committee Meeting

    May 11-13, 2009

    Tech Policy Summit, San Francisco, CA

    May 11-15, 2009

    2009 Technology and Standards Spring Forum, St. Louis, MO

    May 13, 2009

    FCC Monthly Public Meeting

    May 15, 2009

    Pursuant to OMB Guidelines, detailed agency financial reports to become available for purposes of stimulus funding

    May 20, 2009

    Pursuant to OMB Guidelines, federal agencies to begin reporting stimulus competitive grants and contracts
    June 3, 2009

    FCC Monthly Public Meeting

    June 7-10, 2009

    23rd International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) World Conference on Open Learning and Distance Education, Maastricht, The Netherlands

    June 21, 2009

    LeadAmerica Youth Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C.

    June 23, 2009

    WRC-11 Advisory Committee - Informal Working Group 4: Regulatory Issues

    July 2, 2009

    FCC Monthly Public Meeting

    July 15, 2009

    Pursuant to OMB Guidelines, recipients of federal funding to begin reporting on use of their stimulus funds

    WRC-11 Advisory Committee - Informal Working Group 2: Terrestrial Services

    WRC-11 Advisory Committee - Informal Working Group 3: Space Services

    July 19-22, 2009

    NARUC Summer Committee Meetings, Seattle, WA

    June 21, 2009

    WRC-11 Advisory Committee - Informal Working Group 1: Maritime, Aeronautical and Radar Services

    August 5-8, 2009

    Radio & Records: Triple A 2009 Summit, Boulder, CO

    September 15, 2009

    WCAI International Symposium at 4G World, Chicago, IL

    September 15-17, 2009

    WiMAX World 2009, Chicago, IL

    September 23-25, 2009

    The NAB Radio Show, Philadelphia, PA

    October 7-9, 2009

    International CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment, San Diego, CA

    October 18-21, 2009

    2009 Technology and Standards Fall Forum, Phoenix, AZ

    CEA Industry Forum, Phoenix, AZ

    October 25-30, 2009

    Cable Connection, Denver, CO

    November 3-5, 2009

    WiMAX World Emerging Markets, Prague, Czech Republic

    November 15-18, 2009

    NARUC Annual Convention, Chicago, UL

    December 2, 2009

    Radio Ink: Forecast, New York, NY


    FCC Rulemakings / Deadlines

    May 5, 2009

    • Comment Deadline: Starkey Laboratories Seeks Amendment of Unlicensed Spectrum Rules to Operate Low-Power RF Devices

    May 7, 2009

    • Comment Deadline: Petition for Rulemaking: Amend Land Mobile-TV Sharing Rules in the 470-512 MHz Band for Public Safety Communications
    • Comment Deadline: CenturyTel to Acquire Subsidiaries' Licenses in Acquisition of Embarq

    May 8, 2009

    • Comment Deadline: FCC to Refresh the Record on High-Cost Universal Service Support for Non-Rural Carriers
    • Comment Deadline: FCC Seeks Technological Advisory Council (TAC) Nominations by May 8
    • Comment Deadline: 17 Petitions for Reconsideration of Rules to Allow Wireless Devices to Operate in Vacant TV Spectrum

    May 11, 2009

    • Reply Comment Deadline: GoAmerica Seeks Rule Change to Prevent ‘White Label’ IP Relay Practices
    • Reply Comment Deadline: Starkey Laboratories Seeks Waiver of Unlicensed Spectrum Rules for Low-Power RF Devices Pending Action on Rulemaking Petition
    • Comment Deadline: Nominations for Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC)
    • Comment Deadline: Petition for Rulemaking: Video Relay Service (VRS) Equipment Porting Requirement

    May 15, 2009

    • CC Action Deadline: Verizon New England’s Request for Forbearance from Unbundling and Dominant Carrier Regulation in Rhode Island
    • Comment Deadline: Auction of 78 Broadband Radio Service (BRS) Licenses Begins October 27, 2009 (No. 86) May 18, 2009
    • Reply Comment Deadline: Steps to Implement the Child Safe Viewing Act of 2007 (S.602) Reply Comment Deadline: 17 Petitions for Reconsideration of Rules to Allow Wireless Devices to Operate in Vacant TV Spectrum

    May 20, 2009

    • Reply Comment Deadline: Starkey Laboratories Seeks Amendment of Unlicensed Spectrum Rules to Operate Low-Power RF Devices
    • Comment Deadline: 2008 and 2009 Data Sought for Fourteenth Annual Report on Competition for the Delivery of Video Programming
    • Comment Deadline: 2007 Data for Fourteenth Inquiry on Competition for the Delivery of Video Programming
      May 22, 2009
    • Reply Comments: CenturyTel to Acquire Subsidiaries' Licenses in Acquisition of Embarq

    May 25, 2009

    • Reply Comment Deadline: Petition for Rulemaking: Video Relay Service (VRS) Equipment Porting Requirement

    May 26, 2009

    • Comment Deadline: Petition for Rulemaking: Amend Rules for Travelers' Information Station (TIS) Operations
      May 29, 2009
    • Reply Comment Deadline: Auction of 78 Broadband Radio Service (BRS) Licenses Begins October 27, 2009
      June 8, 2009
    • Comment Deadline: FCC Begins Work on 'National Broadband Plan' Mandated by Congress
    • Reply Comment Deadline: FCC to Refresh the Record on High-Cost Universal Service Support for Non-Rural Carriers
    • Reply Comment Deadline: Petition for Rulemaking: Amend Rules for Travelers' Information Station (TIS) Operations

    June 20, 2009

    • Reply Comment Deadline: 2008 and 2009 Data Sought for Fourteenth Annual Report on Competition for the Delivery of Video Programming
    • Reply Comment Deadline: 2007 Data for Fourteenth Inquiry on Competition for the Delivery of Video Programming
      June 29, 2009
    • Deadline: Action on Verizon’s Request for Forbearance from Unbundling and Dominant Carrier Regulation in Virginia Beach

    July 7, 2009

    • Reply Comment Deadline: FCC Begins Work on 'National Broadband Plan' Mandated by Congress

    July 15, 2009

    • Deadline: Wireless Manufacturers: Hearing Aid Compliance Reports Due

    July 23, 2009

    • Deadline: FCC Report to Congress Due on 911 and E911 Fees Collected by States under the NET 911 Act

    Public Safety

    May 5, 2009

    • Regional Public Safety Planning Committee Meeting for Region 51 in Houston, Texas regarding 700 MHz and 800 MHz

    May 6, 2009

    • Regional Public Safety Planning Committee Meeting for Region 42 in Virginia Beach, Virginia regarding 700 MHz and 800 MHz

    May 20, 2009

    • Regional Public Safety Planning Committee Meeting for Region 7 in Centennial, Colorado regarding 700 MHz
    • Regional Public Safety Planning Committee Meeting for Region 12 in Sandpoint, Idaho regarding 700 MHz

    May 21, 2009

    • Regional Public Safety Planning Committee Meeting for Region 5 in San Marcos, California regarding 700 MHz
    • Regional Public Safety Planning Committee Meeting for Region 45 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin regarding 700 MHz and 800 MHz

    June 9, 2009

    • Regional Public Safety Planning Committee Meeting for Region 19 in Cranston, Rhode Island regarding 700 MHz

    July 22, 2009

    • Regional Public Safety Planning Committee Meeting for Region 7 in Centennial, Colorado regarding 700 MHz

    Congressional Hearingss

    May 6, 2009

    • The Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet will hold a hearing on the Future of Journalism with witnesses from: Google, Inc., The Knight Foundation, the Washington Post, the Dallas Morning News, the Huffington Post and Sen. Ben Cardin at 2:30 p.m., 253 Russell Senate Office Building

    May 7, 2009

    • The House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet will hold a hearing on An Examination of Competition in the Wireless Industry with witnesses from: Sprint Nextel, Fibertower, Cellular South, Leap, Consumers Union and the Phoenix Center at 10 a.m., 2322 Rayburn House Office Building