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FCC To Consider Retransmission, More USF Reform At Next Meeting

February 11, 2011

The Federal Communications Commission has released the tentative agenda for its meeting on March 3.

The meeting will address changes to the rules that govern retransmission consent negotiations between broadcasters and programming distributors.

The commission will take the next step in the renovation of the Universal Service Fund by addressing waste, fraud and administration problems in the Lifeline/Link Up program that provides subsidies for low-income people to access phone service. Commissioners will also consider a plan to modernize the program and establish a pilot program for using the fund to finance broadband build-out, similar to a plan addressed in their last meeting to increase high-speed Internet access in rural areas.

Also on the agenda, a range of recommendations on how to increase access to broadband and other communications systems on Native American tribal lands.

Finally, the commission will consider items related to implementing the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, which requires communications providers and device manufacturers to make their products and services available to people with disabilities.

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