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FCC March 31 Meeting Will Be by Teleconference

The FCC said it will hold its March 31 meeting by teleconference due to the pandemic, with the public able to monitor on the web via the FCC home page and YouTube channel, but there won't be much on the agenda. 

The commission announced that it did not expect to vote on any of the agenda items during the meeting, but instead by the commissioners beforehand "on circulation." 

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The chairman circulates items before the meeting and the commissioners are free to vote them early if they choose, as it appears they are going to choose.  

On the agenda are a mix of hot issues, including mandating the STIR/SHAKEN default robocall-blocking regime and items on next gen TV, defining significantly viewed stations and revising program carriage rules.

"This has been the general practice when the Commissioners cannot meet in person and we think it has logistical benefits," said a spokesperson for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for the decision. "The chairman is grateful to his colleagues for agreeing to this format."

John Eggerton
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.