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Released: December 1, 1998


At the Federal Communications Bar Association and Georgetown University Law Center Seminar "The New FCC: Agenda for the Future," Chairman William E. Kennard announced the Commission's intention to form a Technological Advisory Council. Rapid advances in technology have resulted in innovations in how telecommunications services are provided to, and are accessed by, users of those services. Many such developments have increased the rate of convergence among categories of services traditionally viewed as distinct.

The FCC must stay abreast of new developments in technology to effectively fulfill its responsibilities under the Communications Act. The Technological Advisory Committee is being designed as a means by which a diverse array of recognized technical experts selected from a variety of interests such as industry, academia, government, citizens groups, etc., can provide advice to the FCC on innovation in the communications industry.

The Technological Advisory Council is being organized as a Federal Advisory Committee under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Pub.L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770, as amended Pub.L 94-409, 5(c), Sept. 13, 1976, 90 Stat 1247; 1977 Reorg.Plan No.1, 5F, 42 F.R. 56101, 91 Stat. 1634; Pub.Law 96-523, 2, Dec. 12, 1980, 94 Stat. 3040; Pub.L. 97-375, Title II, 201(c), Dec. 21, 1982, 96 Stat. 1822. The Council will hold no fewer than 2 meetings each year. The Commission will provide facilities necessary to conduct meetings. Members of the Council will serve without any government compensation, and will not be entitled to travel expenses, per diem or subsistence allowances. The Council will consist of recognized technical experts in telecommunications and related fields and, for private sector companies, members will hold technical executive positions such as chief technology officer or senior technology manager.

The Commission will accept nominations for the Council through December 18, 1998. Individuals may apply for, or nominate another individual for, membership on the Council. Each nomination or application must include:

a. the name and title of the applicant or nominee and a description of the interest the applicant or nominee will represent;

b. the applicant's or nominee's mail address, e-mail address (where available), telephone number, and facsimile number;

c. reasons why the applicant or nominee should be appointed to the Council; and

d. the basis for determining the applicant or nominee has achieved peer recognition as a technical expert.

Nominations and applications should be sent to Steve Kaminer, Office of Engineering and Technology, Federal Communications Commission, Washington, D.C. 20554. For further information, contact Steve Kaminer at skaminer@fcc.gov or 202-418-2924.

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