At the FCC’s first open meeting of 2008, chiefs of the FCC’s various offices and bureaus reported on their progress in achieving the FCC’s strategic goals for 2007 as they outlined their policy objectives for the new year. During annual presentations yesterday before the FCC’s commissioners, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Chief Fred Campbell praised strides made last year in transitioning the 2.5 GHz band used by educational broadband and broadband radio service operators, as he added that transition plans have been filed in 343 out of 493 basic trading areas. Both Campbell and Julius Knapp, the Chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology, reported success in reducing licensing backlogs, with the number of pending items before the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at its lowest level since the start of record keeping in 1999. While touting the FCC’s success in lobbying for the identification of additional IMT spectrum at last year’s World Radiocommunications Conference, International Bureau Chief Helen Domenici asserted that her bureau has “actively worked to promote competition” by processing hundreds of new applications for satellite licenses and international Section 214 authorizations. In addition to promoting competition in the multichannel video program distribution market, Media Bureau Chief Monica Desai asserted that her bureau has focused its efforts on the digital television transition (DTV). As Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau Chief Cathy Seidel termed DTV education and outreach as a top priority, Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein urged close cooperation among the FCC’s bureaus to ensure that DTV transition goals are met.