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IT Industry Council Meets With FCC

The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), a trade organization representing U.S. providers of information technology (IT) products and services, met with officials from the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) Wednesday in the first of an annual series of dialogues to discuss technical regulatory issues affecting the high tech industry.

The dialogues are part of an ongoing effort by ITI to engage the FCC and apprise OET of IT industry interest in developing solutions that will accelerate products to market.

During the meeting, the ITI raised various technical issues affecting the IT industry with OET staff, including ways to get safe products to consumers faster; industry recommendations for handling unintentional emissions; trends in product solutions; and ways the FCC can bring more value to U.S. IT customers and manufacturers. ITI also outlined industry's model for the regulatory environment themed: "One global market place for IT products, one product standard for the world".

"This initiative is an important step towards strengthening the relationship between industry and government on technical issues that will help us better serve our customers around the world," said ITI President Rhett Dawson.

Dawson said for the ITI, the discussions yielded a better understanding of the decision-making process at OET, the FCC's advisory body on engineering, as it seeks to "manage the spectrum and provide leadership to create new opportunities for competitive technologies and services for the American public."

ITI member companies include Agilent Technologies, Amazon.com, AOL Time Warner, Apple Computer, Canon U.S.A., Cisco, Corning, Dell, Eastman Kodak, eBay, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Lexmark, Microsoft, Motorola, National Semiconductor, NCR, Panasonic, Siebel, SGI, Sony, Sun Microsystems, Symbol Technologies, Tektronix and Unisys.