The May Open Meeting at the FCC will be significant because it will be the first one in quite some time that includes five commissioners. But none of them will have much opportunity to reveal their thoughts on broadcast issues.
The meeting is scheduled for Thursday 5/24/12 at 10:30AM Eastern.
And as has so often been the case during the past few years, it is entirely bereft of broadcast issues.
From the FCC, here’s what’s up for discussion:
* PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY TITLE: Utilizing Rapidly Deployable Aerial Communications Architecture in Response to an Emergency (PS Docket No. 11-15)
SUMMARY: The Commission will consider a Notice of Inquiry examining the role of deployable aerial communications architecture (DACA) in facilitating emergency response by rapidly restoring communications capabilities in the immediate aftermath of a catastrophic event.
* OFFICE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
TITLE: Amendment of the Commission’s Rules to Provide for the Operation of Medical Body Area Networks (ET Docket No. 08-59)
SUMMARY: The Commission will consider a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to establish service rules and an allocation for Medical Body Area Networks and seek comment on the selection of an MBAN coordinator.
* WIRELESS TELE-COMMUNICATIONS
TITLE: Improving Spectrum Efficiency Through Flexible Channel Spacing and Bandwidth Utilization for Economic Area-based 800 MHz Specialized Mobile Radio Licensees (WT Docket No. 12-64); Request for Declaratory Ruling that the Commission’s Rules Authorize Greater than 25 kHz Bandwidth Operations in the 817-824/862-869 MHz Band (WT Docket No. 11-110)
SUMMARY: The Commission will consider a Report and Order that will provide EA-based 800 MHz licensees with the flexibility to better utilize spectrum to transition networks from legacy 2G technologies to advanced wireless technologies.