FCC phone business may impact Tuesday meeting


The controversy over white space devices has commanded a ton of attention in the broadcast community, but another agenda plank at next week’s FCC Open Meeting may also grab a lot of the spotlight. It is a look at using part of the universal service fund to prop up rural cell phone service. According to rural watchdogs, as much as $1B could be on the line, Democrat Jonathan Adelstein is a known advocate for rural interests, so the prospects for dispute would appear to be in place, and with it another delayed meeting for reasons completely unrelated to any controversial broadcast issues.