FCC Reinstates Technological Advisory Council, Seeks Noms

April 10, 2009
The FCC is looking for nominations for members for the Technological Advisory Council, which it recently reinstated, citing "rapid advances in technology."

"Many of these advances create challenges and opportunities for the growth of telecommunications and use of the radio spectrum. The Commission must remain abreast of new developments in technology so that it can effectively fulfill its responsibilities under the Communications Act," the commission said.

Past members of the TAC have included CTOs and other senior management from Comcast, Lucent, Bell Laboratories, Bellsouth, Sprint, Verizon, Motorola, Harris, Microsoft and others. Internet pioneer Vint Cerf and media visionary Nicholas Negroponte have served on the TAC.

Potential topics the TAC may consider include spectrum policy, broadband technology and deployment, communications technology that enhances and supports public safety, Internet security, and communications technology required to support emerging systems such as the smart grid and tele-health applications.

Nominations will be accepted for the Council through May 8, 2009. For information on requirements and procedures for nominations, refer to the Public Notice. For information on previous TACs, visit the Technological Advisory Committee web page at http://www.fcc.gov/oet/tac/.

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