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New Media Bureau Done

New Media Bureau Done

The FCC has a new Media Bureau, the previously announced combining of the former Mass Media and Cable Bureaus. Former Cable Bureau Chief Ken Ferree is head of the new Media Bureau, while Former Mass Media Bureau Chief Roy Stewart becomes head of the Office of Broadcast License Policy within the bureau.
Media Bureau employees will handle policy and licensing programs for media services, including cable television, broadcast television and radio. They are responsible for multichannel video programming distribution, radio and TV and direct broadcast satellite service policy. They will conduct rulemakings, resolve waiver petitions and adjudications, and process applications for authorization, assignment, transfer and renewal of media services, including AM, FM, TV and the cable TV relay service.
The bureau will be comprised of staff and functions from the current Mass Media Bureau and Cable Services Bureau and will consist of the following organizational units: Management and Resources Staff; Office of Communications and Industry Information; Policy Division; Industry Analysis Division; Engineering Division; Office of Broadcast License Policy; Audio Division; and Video Division.
These changes are subject to congressional notification before they become effective.
Also, Wireline Competition, and Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureaus have been established and the International Bureau has been realigned. The Wireline Bureau handles all wired telephone matters with many employees coming from the former Common Carrier Bureau.
The International Bureau will be realigned along functional lines, with consolidation of the international policy and spectrum rulemaking functions, and intergovernmental and regional leadership and planning functions, which are currently distributed throughout the Bureau.