FCC March meeting touches on: Guess what?


Did you think it might have something to do with DTV? Then, as Don Rickles might say, you win a cookie! Otherwise, even though Washington seems rife with various and sundry broadcast regulatory issues, the six plank Open Meeting agenda steers completely clear of them all.

The meeting is on the scheduled for Wednesday, 3/19/08 at 9:30 AM Eastern. The first five items involve various wireline and wireless issues, then we get — well, let’s just let the FCC describe its DTV doings:

"Carriage of Digital Television Broadcast Signals: Amendment to Part 76 of the Commission’s Rules; Implementation of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999; Local Broadcast Signal Carriage Issues and Retransmission Consent Issues; WHDT-DT, Channel 59, Stuart, Florida, Application for Review (CS Docket No. 00-96)."

WHDT-DT, for the record, is the first all-digital license approved by the FCC, and via translators, covers much of southern Florida, reaching from the Atlantic-kissed West Palm/Ft. Pierce/Miami area all the way to Naples on the Gulf side of the state. According to Wikipedia, it is notable for setting precedents regarding digital must-carry rules.