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FCC Meeting Delayed Briefly Due to Nearby Security Scare

The FCC's October open meeting had to be rescheduled to 11
a.m. Wednesday due to what a spokesman for the chairman said was a
"security" issue in the area.

According to an FCC staffer, the issue was a suspicious
package/vehicle at nearby 12th and C Streets -- not immediately in front of the
FCC -- that required road closures.

The chairman's office said they had gotten the all clear.

The FCC is scheduled to vote on freeing up more spectrum for
wireless broadband; creating bill shock usage alerts;  and an order
protecting public safety "answering points" from autodial calls -- so,
say, emergency calls would not have to wait for a carpet cleaning robocall to
end.

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.