FCC Pushes Back Start Of Genachowski's First Meeting


The Federal Communications Commission has moved the start time of its first pubilc meeting Thursday under new chairman Julius Genachowski from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The July 2 meeting will focus on status reports on the national broadband plan the FCC must come up with by next February, as well as an update on the DTV transition, now in its third week.

According to an FCC spokesperson, the delay was to give Genachowksi time to get back from an out-of-town trip. Genachowksi will be traveling to Wattsburg, Penn. Wednesday for a broadband event with Vice President Biden and others, an event that is scheduled to start at noon.

Given the makeup of the Wattsburg group, which includes the vice president, and the secretaries of Agriculture and Commerce, one of the Thursday broadband updates will likely be the guidelines for RFPs' for the $7.5 billion in economic stimulus money going to broadband rollout grants/loans administered by the USDA and Commerce's NTIA with counsel from the FCC.

Blair Levin, a former top FCC staffer and Genachowski colleague in advising the then-Obama campaign, was tapped on June 1 to coordinate the development of the national broadband plan, which is part of the economic stimulus package.