FCC May 13 Public Meeting Eyes DTV 'Action Plan'

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The Federal Communications Commission has announced its agenda for the May 13 public meeting and it will include a DTV "action plan."

The conclave comes 30 days before the June 12 hard date for pulling the plug on analog TV by the majority of TV stations.

The meeting will not only include a status report on the transition, but what the FCC calls a plan "for helping consumers navigate the end of full-power analog."

Also the agenda calls for the FCC to release an order on the porting interval for switching phone numbers between wireline carriers. The commission long ago proposed shortening that interval to 48 hours when customers switch from, say, a telco to a cable company's phone service.

The NCTA has come out strongly in favor of that tentative conclusion, saying that "robust competition in the voice market cannot exist unless customers are able to easliy port their numbers," and that unless the FCC lights a fire under them, incumbents have no incentive to port quickly, and conversely have an incentive to delay porting in hopes of discouraging customers from making the switch.

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