After receiving a letter from the incoming chairmen of the Senate Commerce and House Energy and Commerce committees, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin canceled a scheduled December 18 open meeting at which the agency had been expected to vote on rules covering the auction of spectrum to provide free, nationwide wireless broadband services in the Advanced Wireless Service-3 (AWS-3) band. Spearheaded by M2Z Networks, the proposal to carve a free broadband network out of AWS-3 frequencies in the 2155-2180 MHz band has been opposed by T-Mobile USA and other licensees of AWS-1 spectrum in the 2110-2155 MHz band who believe the plan will cause harmful interference to their operations. In addition to the AWS-3 item, the FCC had also planned to vote, among other things, on proposed modifications to the agency’s program access rules that would have strengthened the position of television broadcasters that negotiate program carriage with cable companies. Recommending delay, incoming Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA)—the chairman-elect of the House Energy and Commerce Committee—advised Martin against voting on the highly contested AWS-3 and program carriage orders while the nation remains unprepared for the digital television (DTV) transition that is only two months away. Stressing that “at a time when serious questions are being raised about [DTV] transition readiness, it would be counterproductive for the FCC to consider unrelated items,” Rockefeller and Waxman urged Martin “to concentrate the Commission’s attention and resources only on matters that require action under the law to smooth the transition to [DTV].” Acknowledging receipt of the letter, a spokesman for Martin announced, “it does not appear that there is consensus to move forward and the agenda meeting has been canceled.” He added, however, that “the items will remain on circulation and the commissioners can still vote on them.”