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December Meeting at FCC Scuttled

Rockefeller, Waxman tell Martin not to bother

The FCC cancelled its Dec. 18 open meeting.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va. and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., who are set to take over their respective Commerce Committees in January, sent a letter to Chairman Kevin Martin telling him that between now and the early part of next year, the FCC should focus primarily on the television digital transition.

“It would be counterproductive for the FCC to consider unrelated items, especially complex and controversial items that the new Congress and new administration will have an interest in reviewing,” Rockefeller and Waxman wrote in the letter.

The lawmakers did not say which items should be delayed. Included on the agenda was a plan to establish interference protection procedures for SDARS and wireless communications users and a request for an STA from Sirius Satellite Radio to operate terrestrial repeaters in Alaska and Hawaii.

An FCC spokesman said the items would remain on circulation and the commissioners could still vote on them.