The World Wide Wait

1:45 PM -- An all-important Federal Communications Commission (FCC) meeting that will have Chairman Kevin Martin and the Commissioners vote on the Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) -Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR) deal and a proposal for the use of so-called "white spaces" was scheduled to get underway today at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. (See Wild About 'White Space' and Sprint, Clearwire Create $14.5B WiMax Giant.)

It's 1:02 p.m. ET as of this writing, and the show still hasn't gotten on the road, suggesting that the FCC'ers might be negotiating behind closed doors. For many of us trying to witness and cover these proceedings via the Internet, we're faced with watching people mill around to funky jazz music.

Not that we haven't seen this before. We're hoping that the delay is not of the caliber seen last September when the FCC voted (eventually) on the testy dual must-carry issue. (See Boredom at 151 kbit/s and FCC OKs Dual TV Carriage Rules.)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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