Date Change for FCC’s Consolidated Licensing System Workshop

‘New media’ is big topic
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The Federal Communications Commission has moved back the date for its workshop on the development of its new consolidated licensing system.

The original date was April 7; that has been changed to May 6. The commission didn’t say why, though we note there was a session devoted to the CLS at last week’s NAB Show in Vegas.

In its notice, the commission said the workshop will explore legal and technical challenges associated with developing and deploying a consolidated licensing system.

The commission is wrestling with such questions as: Should it consider accepting STAs on alternative “new media” such as iPhones, BlackBerrys, Androids or other electronic devices that may work in an emergency when other devices do not? Should this concept be extended to simple renewals and address changes? And what should the FCC do about cases in which filers don’t have access to the Internet?

The commission intends to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking after the workshops have been completed, and all suggestions are considered, it says.

The commission seeks public input into the process on MD Docket 10-73.