• The next FCC Open Meeting will be held July 12, 2011, at 10:30 am Eastern. The tentative Agenda contains three items: a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the impact of the Local Community Radio Act on low-power FM licensing; a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on “cramming”; and a Report and Order on E911 location information. To view the tentative Agenda, click here.
  • On June 21, 2011, the FCC and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) jointly issued a rural broadband report to Congress. The report, entitled “Bringing Broadband to Rural America: Update to Report on a Rural Broadband Strategy”, emphasizes “the need to support the delivery of broadband to rural communities” and states that “more needs to be done to fulfill the Administration’s objective for widespread deployment of affordable, quality broadband services to every community.” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski stated that the report’s finding that “28 percent of rural residents still lack access to the kind of broadband that most Americans take for granted” was “not acceptable.” He highlighted the FCC’s initiatives to increase spectrum and to reform the Universal Service Fund as ways to achieve greater rural broadband access. More information about the report can be found here.