FCC Says 'Boo!'

The FCC is expected to announce any moment now that it will hold both its next monthly meeting and its hearing on localism Oct. 31.

The FCC commissioners won’t have to be in two places at once, however. The localism hearing will be in Washington, and though it is slated for the morning/early afternnon–my guess at the FCC, but I’m not sure–the items scheduled for the meeting will likely to be noncontroversial and already voted on circulation.

That means it is unlikely the FCC is coming out with any approval for unlicensed mobile devices. Of course, the FCC already telegraphed that, saying it would need more time to re-test the devices.

The morning scheduling is good news for everyone with kids. 

There had been some talk that the hearing might be both on Halloween, and in the afternoon-evening as have recent hearings, which was an effort to give working stiffs a chance to weigh in after the whistle blows.

But the shrieking you would have heard over a nighttime Halloween hearing wouldn’t have been from whistles or even ghouls, but parents faced with having to attend, or cover, or preside over such a meeting.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.