The last utterances of the FCC’s September Open Meeting had barely finished echoing through the hallways at the agency’s SW Washington HQ before Chairman Kevin Martin was setting the stage for the October meeting. Scheduled for Wednesday, 10/15/08, it will feature a long agenda that is nevertheless short of broadcast items. In fact, broadcasters are directly involved in but one of eleven items, and even at that, most broadcasters are not implicated. The topic will be the DTV transition as it relates to LPTV stations.
Both Martin and Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein had indicated at last Week’s NAB Radio Show that they hoped to take action yesterday on formal rules for allowing AM stations to have FM translators. But the item was pulled from the agenda before the meeting and does not appear on the October playbook.