LSGACLocal and State Government Advisory Committee (to the FCC)
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In addition, the members of the LSGAC acted as a valuable resource to state and local government officials who had questions or comments about the FCC's rules and proceedings
NLC Executive Director Donald Borut commended the LSGAC.
Mayor Dailey and Councilmember Stovall's work on the National League of Cities' Information and Technology (ITC) Steering Committee will certainly help the LSGAC to effectively facilitate intergovernmental communication between local and state governments and the FCC.
The rule also states that each LSGAC member must attend at least 50 percent of the LSGAC meetings, and that a member's failure to do so will result in loss of membership, subject to the discretion of the LSGAC chair.
Since the implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the LSGAC has become increasingly important for the FCC to receive ongoing advice and perspectives of municipal governments.
Ultimately, the LSGAC recommends that the FCC decline to require forced access to buildings.
LSGAC chairman, Mayor Kenneth Fellman of Arvada, Colo.
The LSGAC was created by former FCC Chairman Reid Hundt to provide advice and information to the FCC on key issues that concern local and state governments, including public rights-of-way, facilities siting, and removal of barriers to entry and to communicate state and local government policy concerns regarding proposed FCC actions under the Telecommunications Act.
By the close of the meeting, it appeared that industry and the LSGAC expressed an interest in working together to develop a model for local monitoring of industry compliance with the FCC's guidelines for radio frequency emissions.
The LSGAC and the national associations also had an opportunity to meet with the NAB to discuss practical solutions to facilitate the tower siting process as a means of responding to the FCC notice of proposed rule-making asking whether it should preempt certain towering restrictions in order do encourage a rapid transition to digital TV.
The LSGAC also issued an advisory recommending that the FCC amend its procedures to ensure that states and localities cited in petitions filed by industry are notified if their communities have been cited as an example of a nationwide problem.
The LSGAC also had the opportunity to meet with FCC General Counsel Bill Kennard to express concern about the recent petition filed by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) urging FCC preemption of local regulations over broadcast towers.