• At its Open Meeting on September 23, 2010, the FCC adopted the Second Memorandum Opinion and Order on TV “white spaces” that is intended to free up this unlicensed spectrum for the development of new technologies like “super Wi-Fi.” The order, available here, also resolves several technical issues, such as how to reserve channels for wireless microphones. Chairman Genachowski praised the order as “the first significant release of unlicensed spectrum in 25 years” that would “unleash American ingenuity.” His remarks are available here.
  • Also during the Open Meeting, the FCC adopted a Report and Order on the E-Rate program designed to “upgrade[] and modernize[] the E-rate program to bring fast, affordable Internet access to schools and libraries across the country.” The changes will allow schools and libraries to use dark fiber and to remain open after school hours to allow community use of their Internet access, will index the $2.25 billion program for inflation, and will streamline the application process. Chairman Genachowski stated that the upgrades will “provide economic opportunity now and in the future.” The news release on the Report and Order is available here. Chairman Genachowski’s statement is available here.
  • Reply Comments on the Seventh Broadband Notice of Inquiry (NOI), in which the FCC seeks comment on the definition of “advanced telecommunications” and the proper metrics for evaluating broadband deployment, are due October 5, 2010. The NOI is available here.