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Released: December 1, 1999


The FCC's Technological Advisory Council, a Federal Advisory Committee comprised of a broad array of well-known technologists and chaired by Dr. Robert Lucky, Corporate Vice President, Telcordia, will hold its third meeting Monday, December 13, 1999 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Commission's meeting room at 445 12th St. S.W., Washington, D.C.

The Council helps provide technological insights that the Commission needs to stay abreast of innovations and new developments in the communications industry. The purpose of this third meeting will be to hear and discuss the progress of the three focus groups established by the Council to consider the issues the FCC presented to it at the Council's April 30, 1999 meeting. The three focus groups will report on their progress in implementing the suggestions for continued investigation of these issues presented to them at the September 22, 1999 meeting. These suggestions include: (1) ways to investigate noise floor levels, and ways to facilitate experimentation, including possible improvements in the FCC experimental licensing procedures; (2) ways the FCC might best communicate to designers of emerging telecommunications network architectures the requirements for accessibility, including the need to design flexible products with accessibility functions that are not intrusive to non-disabled users; and (3) the telecommunications common carrier network interconnection and broad band access scenarios that are likely to develop, and the effect of current technologies such as DSL and cable modems on the deployment of fiber to the home. The Council may also consider such other issues as may come before it at the meeting.

Members of the general public may attend the meeting. The Federal Communications Commission will attempt to accommodate as many persons as possible. However, admittance will be limited to the seating available. There will be no public oral participation, but the public may submit written comments before the meeting.

For further information, contact Kent Nilsson at 202-418-0845 voice, 202-418-2989 tty, 202-418-1918 fax, knilsson@fcc.gov. RealAudio access to the meeting and other information about the Technological Advisory Council may be obtained through the Commission's TAC web site at http://www.fcc.gov/oet/tac/