National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)


ACTION: Notice of location for the November 9 meeting.

REFERENCE: This notice updates the notice of postponement published in the Federal Register on October 22, 1998. Citation: 63 FR 56628.

SUMMARY: The President established the Advisory Committee on Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters (PIAC) to advise the Vice President on the public interest obligations of digital broadcasters. The Committee will study and recommend which public interest obligations should accompany broadcasters' receipt of digital television licenses. The President designated the National Telecommunications and Information Administration as secretariat for the Committee.

AUTHORITY: Executive Order 13038, signed by President Clinton on March 11, 1997.

DATES: The meeting will be held on Monday, November 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting is scheduled to take place at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, in the Polaris Room, at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230. The nearest Metro stops are Federal Triangle and Metro Center.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Edwards, Designated Federal Officer and Telecommunications Policy Specialist, at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 4720, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20230. Telephone: 202-482-1880; Fax: 202-482-8058; E-mail:

MEDIA INQUIRIES: Please contact Karen Kirchgasser of NTIA's Office of Public Affairs at 202-482-7002.


Opening remarks

Committee deliberations

Public comment

Closing remarks

This agenda is subject to change. For an updated, more detailed agenda, please check the Advisory Committee homepage at

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: The meeting will be open to the public, with limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Any member of the public requiring special services, such as sign language interpretation or other ancillary aids, should contact Karen Edwards immediately at 202-482-1880 or at

Members of the public may submit written comments concerning the Committee's affairs at any time before or after the meeting. The Secretariat's guidelines for public comment are described below and are available on the Advisory Committee homepage ( or by calling 202-482-1880.

GUIDELINES FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: The Advisory Committee on Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters welcomes public comments.

Oral Comment: In general, opportunities for oral comment will usually be limited to no more than five (5) minutes per speaker and no more than thirty (30) minutes total at each meeting.

Written Comment: Written comments must be submitted to the Advisory Committee Secretariat at the address listed below. Comments can be submitted either by letter addressed to the Committee (please place "Public Comment" on the bottom left of the envelope and submit at least thirty-five (35) copies) or by electronic mail to (please use "Public Comment" as the subject line). Written comments received within three (3) workings days of a meeting and comments received shortly after a meeting will be compiled and sent as briefing material to Committee members prior to the next scheduled meeting.

OBTAINING MEETING MINUTES: Within thirty (30) days following the meeting, copies of the minutes of the meeting may be obtained over the Internet at, by phone request at 202-482-1880, by email request at or by written request to Karen Edwards; Advisory Committee on Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters; National Telecommunications and Information Administration; U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 4720; 14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, DC 20230.

Larry Irving, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information