The Federal Scene 

January updates

01.30.20 - The FCC adopted a report and order establishing a two-phase reverse auction framework for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, committing $20.4 billion in high-cost universal service support to bring high-speed broadband service to unserved Americans. | news release

01.29.20 - The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology of the Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing entitled, “Empowering and Connecting Communities through Digital Equity and Internet Adoption.”

01.22.20 - The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing entitled “The 5G Workforce and Obstacles to Broadband Deployment” on January 22, 2020. Commissioner Carr was a witness.

01.21.20 - The Congressional Budget Office released a cost estimate for the Broadband DATA Act (H.R. 4229), which would require the FCC to change the way broadband data is collected, verified and reported. The CBO estimates it will cost $52 million to implement the act over the 2020-2024 period, assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts.

01.08.20 - The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation announced it will hold a hearing on January 15, 2020, entitled “Industries of the Future,” which will examine how the United States can maintain its global economic edge in artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, quantum information science, biotechnology and developing the next generation of wireless networks and infrastructure. Commissioners O’Rielly and Rosenworcel are scheduled to testify.

01.08.20 - President Trump announced his intent to nominate John Chase Johnson to be the inspector general at the FCC.

News clips

01.29.20House Democrats unveil $760B infrastructure plan (The Hill)
01.22.20Senators fret over lack of manpower to build 5G (The Hill)
01.08.20House passes bills to gain upper hand in race to 5G (The Hill)