FCC honors the clock… sort of

Monthly meeting starts 12 hours late

The FCC was supposed to hold its regular monthly meeting — starting at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 27.

The appointed hour came… and went…and no FCC commissioners. 

More hours came and went. Still no commissioners. Finally, chairman Kevin Martin came out to tell reporters that he and the four other commissioners were still haggling over his contention that cable television had become so dominant that new FCC regulation of the industry was warranted. 

No telling when the meeting would start, he said, so go get something to eat.

Turns out reporters were able to grab not only lunch but dinner, too, because the “revised” start time was finally announced as 7:15 p.m. But when 7:15 rolled around — yup, no commissioners.

They finally showed and got started about two hours later, near 9:30 p.m. So in a way, the originally skedded time was half right.

For the federal government, that’s pretty good.

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