Tag Archives: Municipal Broadband

FCC Issues $11 Million in Total Fines to Three Long Distance Carriers

Legislative Activity House Passes Amateur Radio Parity Act On September 12, the US House of Representatives passed H.R.1301, the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2016. The bill, previously discussed here and here, would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt rules that would protect amateur radio operators from the reach of community association rules, … Continue Reading

Senate Holds First Oversight Hearing on FirstNet

Legislative Activity Senate Holds First Oversight Hearing on FirstNet On March 11, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Senate Commerce Committee) held its first ever oversight hearing on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) titled “Three Years Later: Are We Any Closer to A Nationwide Public Safety Wireless Broadband Network?” Created by the … Continue Reading

FCC Adopts Net Neutrality Rules

Legislative Activity House and Senate Hold Hearings on Internet Issues On February 25, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation held companion hearings concerning the Internet and Internet governance. The hearings occurred one day in advance of the Federal Communications Commission’s … Continue Reading

FCC Chairman Wheeler Proposes Title II Regulation for Broadband Internet Access

Legislative Activity Bill Introduced to Reform FCC Rulemaking On February 2, Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) introduced a bill, H.R.655,that would reform the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) rulemaking processes. Specifically, the bill requires an analysis of the costs and benefits during the rulemaking process and creates certain presumptions regarding regulatory forbearance and biennial regulatory review determinations. … Continue Reading

President Obama Voices Support for Robust Municipal Broadband

Legislative Activity GOP Lawmakers Unveil Net Neutrality Bill Restricting FCC Power On January 16, Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate unveiled draft net neutrality bills that would require broadband providers to follow some net neutrality principles while imposing important new restrictions on the power of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The legislation proposes to … Continue Reading