Tag Archives: Net Neutrality

FCC Adopts NPRM Proposing to Reverse Title II Classification of the Internet

Legislative Activity House Democrats Introduce Infrastructure Bill that Includes $40 Billion for Broadband On May 17, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) introduced H.R.2479, the Leading Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s America Act (LIFT America Act). According to a press release on Rep. Pallone’s website, the legislation “sets out five years of funding for essential infrastructure improvements, job growth, … Continue Reading

FCC to Consider Net Neutrality Item at May 18 Open Meeting

Legislative Activity Senators Introduce Bill to Expand Broadband Deployment Using Accurate Coverage Data On May 11, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Jerry Moran (R-KS) introduced S.1104, the Rural Wireless Access Act of 2017. The bill would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to “collect broadband coverage … Continue Reading

FCC to Consider Proposal to “Restore the Internet to a Light-Touch Regulatory Framework” at May Open Meeting

Legislative Activity Online Privacy Legislation Introduced in the Senate On April 27, Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced S.964, the Managing Your Data Against Telecom Abuses Act of 2017 (MY DATA Act). The legislation prevents broadband providers and edge providers, such as Amazon or Netflix, from using “an unfair or deceptive act … Continue Reading

FCC Extends Exemption from Enhanced Broadband Reporting Requirements for Smaller Broadband Providers

Legislative Activity Cell Location Privacy Act Introduced in House On February 15, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced H.R.1061, the Cell Location Privacy Act of 2017. The bill proposes to ban the use of cell-site simulators, known as StingRay devices, without first obtaining a warrant. Cell-site simulators are devices that appear to be legitimate cell phone … Continue Reading

FCC Rescinds Multiple Prior Actions and Announces February Open Meeting Tentative Agenda

Legislative Activity Bill to Establish Rural Telecommunications and Broadband Committee Introduced in Senate On February 2, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced S.277, the Rural Telecommunications and Broadband Service Act. The bill, the text of which is not yet publicly available, would establish a Rural Telecommunications and Broadband Advisory Committee within the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). … Continue Reading

Communications Bills Advance in House and Senate

Legislative Activity House Passes Seven Communications Bills On January 23, the U.S. House of Representatives (House) passed the following seven communications bills: H.R.290, the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2017: a bill sponsored by House Energy & Commerce Committee (House Commerce Committee) Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) that is designed to make the Federal … Continue Reading

FCC to Consider Real Time Text and Emergency Alerting Items at December Open Meeting

Legislative Activity Senators Urge FCC to Examine Zero-Rating Plans Seven senators, including Sens. Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Al Franken (D-MN), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), wrote a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler urging the FCC to “take enforcement action against … Continue Reading

FCC Releases Final Agenda for May 25 Open Meeting

Legislative Activity Senators Press FCC for Extension of Broadband Privacy Comment Period On May 19, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) wrote a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler requesting that the FCC extend the comment period for the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on a proposed framework … Continue Reading

House Passes Bill Preventing Broadband Rate Regulation

Legislative Activity House Passes Bill Preventing Broadband Rate Regulation On April 15, the House of Representatives (House) passed H.R.2666, the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act by a vote of 241-173. The bill’s main provision states that “the Federal Communications Commission may not regulate the rates charged for broadband Internet access service.” The … Continue Reading

FCC Chairman Circulates Draft Broadband Privacy Rules

Legislative Activity Sen. Thune Introduces FCC Reauthorization Act On March 7, Sen. John Thune (R-SD), Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee (Senate Commerce Committee) introduced S.2644, the FCC Reauthorization Act of 2016. The bill would reauthorize the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which has not been reauthorized since 1990, and would authorize appropriations … Continue Reading

Democratic Senators Raise Concerns about Charter-Time Warner Merger

Legislative Activity Democratic Senators Express Concern over Charter-Time Warner Merger On February 25, five senators, including Sens. Edward Markey (D-MA), Al Franken (D-MN), Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), wrote a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler expressing “significant concern” regarding the high-profile … Continue Reading

FCC Chairman Announces Proposals for New Copper Retirement Rules

Legislative Activity House Subcommittee Asks FCC for Nationwide Number Portability On July 9, all the members of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee (Communications Subcommittee) of the House Energy and Commerce Committee (House Commerce Committee) wrote a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler asking him to ensure that consumers may take their existing … Continue Reading

FCC Adopts Rules for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service that Enable Spectrum Sharing

Legislative Activity House Introduces Joint Resolution to Repeal FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules On April 13, Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) introduced a Joint Resolution to invalidate the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) open Internet rules adopted on February 26. The resolution states that Congress disapproves of the FCC’s rules and that those rules will have no effect. … Continue Reading

House and Senate Hold Hearings on FCC Oversight

Legislative Activity House and Senate Hold Hearings on FCC Oversight On March 18 and 19, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (Senate Commerce Committee) and the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s (House Commerce Committee’s) Subcommittee on Communications and Technology respectively held hearings concerning oversight of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) policy decisions and … 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 to Vote on Open Internet Rules on February 26

Legislative Activity House Commerce Committee Approves FCC Consolidated Reporting Act On February 12, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce (House Commerce Committee) approved the Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2015 (H.R.734) by voice vote. The bill, introduced by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), seeks to improve congressional oversight and reduce reporting burdens by … 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

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for January Open Meeting

Legislative Activity Senate Commerce Committee Assignments Announced On January 8, the Senate officially ratified Sen. John Thune (R-SD) as Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee for the 114th Congress. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) is the Ranking Member for the committee. Sen. Thune announced that Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) will serve as the … Continue Reading

FCC Announces Agenda for December Open Meeting

Legislative Activity STELA Reauthorization Act Passes House and Senate On November 19, the House approved H.R. 5728, the STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014, which will ensure that 1.5 million satellite television subscribers continue to receive distant broadcast network television signals.  The Senate approved the legislation on November 20, 2014, and President Obama signed it into … Continue Reading

President Obama Issues Statement on Net Neutrality in Favor of Title II Reclassification

Legislative Activity House Passes E-LABEL Bill On Thursday, November 13, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Senate version of the Enhance Labeling, Accessing, and Branding of Electronic Licenses Act (E-LABEL Act) (S. 2583). The E-LABEL Act allows manufacturers of electronics to meet FCC labeling requirements by posting digital notices providing that information on the … Continue Reading