Hey Matt,

I am sure you may have figured it out but in case you haven't, here it is......

By Mark Rockwell <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
September 15, 2005

The FCC is moving to get new efforts in place to support the recovery
of telecommunications in the Gulf Coast region in the wake of
Hurricane Katrina, including some wireless programs.

During an unprecedented off-site monthly FCC meeting at BellSouth
Telecommunications Inc.’s Emergency Control Center in Atlanta today,
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin proposed using $200 million of universal
service funding funneled through existing programs to aid the area in
communications recovery.

Part of that funding would provide those using FEMA disaster
assistance with support for wireless handsets and a package of 300
free minutes of service for evacuees and people still in the affected
area.

The proposed $200 million total would be funneled through several
existing programs, such as the agency’s low-income, rural health care
and E-rate programs. The low-income program would fund the wireless
handsets and free wireless minutes.

Under the proposal, health care providers in the region, including Red
Cross shelters, would apply for telecommunications support aide at
discount rates. Also, Martin said, the commission would open a new
funding window to re-connect schools to the Internet in the area. He
also suggested the establishment of an “expert panel” of public safety
and communications industry executives to examine how the storm
affected the network infrastructure.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:

September 15, 2005 Meribeth McCarrick

(202) 418-0654




Gotta luv government.....

-B-




Matt Larsen - Lists wrote:

Is is just me, or is there no representation from WISPs at all??????????????????

I'm watching it right now trying to figure out what is going on here, but it looks like we have been snubbed again.

Matt Larsen
[EMAIL PROTECTED]

Rick Harnish wrote:

September 14, 2005

*_PARTICIPANTS FOR _*

*_FCC OPEN COMMISSION MEETING IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA_*

*/Scheduled Thursday, September 15, 2005, 11:00 a.m./*

/ /

The participants for the Federal Communications Commission’s September Open Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia at BellSouth Telecommunications Inc.’s Emergency Control Center located at BellSouth Midtown I Building, 4^th Floor, 754 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30309 are as follows:

§ Ken Moran, Director, Office of Homeland Security, Federal Communications Commission

§ Rod Odom, President, Network Services, BellSouth Corporation

§ Booker Lester, Administrative Assistant to CWA Vice President Noah Savant, Communications Workers of America

§ Steve Brownworth, Vice President, Network Planning and Systems, ITC^DeltaCom, Inc.

§ Steve Largent, President and CEO, CTIA – The Wireless Association

§ Greg Ewert, Executive Vice President, Iridium Satellite LLC

§ Willis Carter, First Vice President, Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International; Chief of Communications, Shreveport Fire Department

§ Diane Newman, Operations Director of WWL 870-AM New Orleans, Entercom

§ Dick Lewis, Regional Vice President for Louisiana and Southern Mississippi, Clear Channel

§ David Duitch, Vice President, Capital Bureau, Belo Corp.

§ Fred Young, Vice President for News, Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc.

Sign language interpreters will be on site and live audio coverage of the meeting will be broadcast over the Internet from the FCC's Audio Events web page with open captioning at www.fcc.gov/realaudio <../Local%20Settings/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/OLKA6/Documents%20and%20Settings/Michelle.Carey/Local%20Settings/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/OLK62/www.fcc.gov/realaudio>.

For a fee, live audio of this meeting is available over George Mason University's Capitol Connection. The Capitol Connection will also carry the meeting live via the Internet. To purchase these services, contact (703) 993-3100 or go to www.capitolconnection.gmu.edu <../Local%20Settings/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/OLKA6/Documents%20and%20Settings/Michelle.Carey/Local%20Settings/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/OLK62/www.capitolconnection.gmu.edu>.

For additional information concerning this meeting contact Audrey Spivack (202) 418-0512 or Meribeth McCarrick (202) 418-0654, Office of Media Relations; TTY 1-888-835-5322.

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