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FCC: January Open Meeting On Regardless of Shutdown

WASHINGTON—The FCC announced today that it will hold its monthly Open Meeting on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., 30 minutes later than previously announced.

The meeting will only address FCC announcements made this month. Due to the partial government shutdown, the commission will not address items previously announced in its Jan. 3 Tentative Agenda. Those items included sunsetting certain outdated regulations regarding the DTV transition and enhancing wireless emergency alerts.

If the federal government has re-opened by Jan. 30, the meeting will commence in the FCC Headquarters. It the government is still shut down, the commission will hold its meeting via conference call. Meeting participants can listen to the “audio only” of the meeting by calling 1-866-233-3841 and using pass code 463377. Call-in capacity may be limited depending on the volume of calls. Callers may call the toll-free number up to ten minutes before the scheduled meeting time.

Either way, the meeting will only consist of FCC announcements, the commission said. 

Tom Butts

Tom has covered the broadcast technology market for the past 25 years, including three years handling member communications for the National Association of Broadcasters followed by a year as editor of Video Technology News and DTV Business executive newsletters for Phillips Publishing. In 1999 he launched for internet B2B portal Verticalnet. He is also a charter member of the CTA's Academy of Digital TV Pioneers. Since 2001, he has been editor-in-chief of TV Technology (, the leading source of news and information on broadcast and related media technology and is a frequent contributor and moderator to the brand’s Tech Leadership events.