AWS-3 Spectrum Auction and Retransmission Consent Issues Set for FCC March Open Meeting

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The FCC has released the final agenda for its next open meeting on Monday, March 31, 2014.  It contains the following four items:

Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) Rules: The Commission will consider a First Report and Order that would revise rules to make 100 megahertz of 5 GHz U-NII-1 band unlicensed spectrum more useful for consumers and businesses, and reduce the potential for harmful interference to certain incumbent operations.

AWS-3 Spectrum Auction: The Commission will consider a Report and Order that would adopt allocation, licensing, service, and technical rules to make available for auction 65 megahertz of AWS-3 spectrum for flexible use services, including mobile broadband.

Retransmission Consent: The Commission will consider an Order making certain rule revisions and clarifications to facilitate the fair and effective completion of retransmission consent negotiations, and a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on whether to eliminate the network non-duplication and syndicated exclusivity rules.

2014 Quadrennial Regulatory Review of the Commission’s Broadcast Ownership Rules: The Commission will consider a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that initiates the 2014 Quadrennial Review of broadcast ownership rules and addresses issues referred to the Commission by the Third Circuit’s remand of the 2008 Diversity Order. It will also consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to define and require the disclosure of a category of sharing agreements between broadcast television stations. The accompanying Report and Order determines that certain television joint sales agreements are attributable.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m.  The meeting will be shown online at www.fcc.gov/live.

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