• On March 24, 2010, Chairman Julius Genachowski spoke to members of the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age about the advantages of freeing up broadcast spectrum as part of the National Broadband Plan. He noted that this development could be an opportunity for smaller broadcasters in smaller markets to share spectrum “to reduce operating costs and generate capital that is sorely needed.” Chairman Genachowski called himself an optimist in believing that these spectrum issues can be worked out.
  • On March 23, 2010, Blair Levin, the executive director of the FCC’s Omnibus Broadband Initiative, spoke at a conference hosted by the Technology Policy Institute and the Georgetown Center for Business & Public Policy. Mr. Levin spoke about the National Broadband Plan and emphasized that the FCC sought to create a plan that was capable of being implemented, not just visionary. He predicted that competition in broadband would be stimulated by the deployment of DOCSIS 3 technology by cable TV companies and by the emergence of wireless broadband service.
  • On March 18, 2010, Edward Lazarus, FCC Chief of Staff, spoke at a Washington luncheon hosted by the Federal Communications Bar Association. In discussing the National Broadband Plan, he identified three topics on which the FCC will move quickly: Universal Service Fund reform; freeing up spectrum; and the recommendations to increase competition in the retail set-top box market. Mr. Lazarus also said that the FCC will soon release a list of proceedings, along with a timetable, on particular recommendations and whether they will be a notice of proposed rulemaking or a notice of inquiry.