The Federal Scene 

March updates

03.29.17 - The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology announced a hearing for Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at 10 a.m. entitled, Facilitating the 21st Century Wireless Economy. The hearing will examine the impact of spectrum on economic growth and how the federal government can help meet America’s ever-growing spectrum needs. |  Press Release

03.29.17 - Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Angus King (I-Maine), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced the Community Broadband Act to preserve and protect the rights of cities and localities to build municipal broadband networks. The bill would amend the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to ban any state, local or tribal statute or regulation that prohibits cities from providing high-speed internet. |  Press Release

03.28.17 - The House of Representatives approved  S.J. Res 34, a Congressional Review Act resolution rolling back the Federal Communications Commission’s ISP Privacy rules. The Senate approved this identical measure on March 23, 2017. A statement from the White House indicates President Trump’s advisers are recommending he sign the bill. |  Press Release

03.21.17 - The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing entitledBroadband: Deploying America’s 21st Century Infrastructure to examine barriers to broadband deployment throughout the country. The Subcommittee also discussed two drafts bills aimed at spurring broadband deployment: the Broadband Conduit Deployment Act of 2017 and an unnamed bill to facilitate access to federally owned assets for use in the deployment of broadband networks. |  Press Release

03.16.17 – Democrats from the House Commerce Committee introduced several bills focused on broadband access and deployment: the 21st Century Worker Opportunity Act; the Innovation Corps Act; the WiFi Capable Mobile Devices Act; the Rural Wireless Act; and the Tribal Digital Access Act. | Press Release 

03.15.17 - Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) introduced bipartisan legislation entitled the Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband Act, which would require the Bureau of Economic Analysis to conduct a study of the effects of broadband deployment and adoption on the U.S. economy. | Press Release

03.08.17 - Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), chair of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, introduced H.J. Res. 86, a  resolution of disapproval, to roll back the FCC's broadband privacy rules using the Congressional Review Act. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) introduced a similar resolution, S.J. Res. 34, in the Senate on March 7, 2017.

03.07.17 – President Donald Trump nominated FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to serve another five year term. | Chairman Pai statement

News clips

03.30.17 GOP faces backlash over attack on internet privacy rules(The Hill) 
03.29.17 Democrats want to make GOP pay for attacking internet rules(Politico)
03.29.17 House Dems launch pro-broadband privacy petition(The Hill) 
03.29.17 FCC head delivers another blow to affordable internet program (The Hill) 
03.28.17 House votes to revoke broadband privacy rules (Politico) 
03.26.17 Speculation grows over Trump FCC pick (The Hill) 
03.23.17 Senate votes to block internet privacy regulations(The Hill) 
03.21.17 Top House Dem attacks Republicans' early rural broadband efforts(The Hill) 
03.16.17 Dems offer bills to boost rural broadband (The Hill) 
03.15.17 Senators push for broadband study (The Hill) 
03.08.17 Senate Dems grill FCC chairman (The Hill) 
03.08.17 Blackburn bill would roll back broadband privacy regulations (The Hill) 
03.07.17 GOP senator offers measure to undo FCC internet privacy rules (The Hill) 
03.07.17 Source: Trump renominates FCC chairman (The Hill)  
03.06.17 Trump meets with FCC chairman (The Hill) 
03.06.17 New FCC chair heads before Congress (The Hill)  
03.02.17 Trump withdraws former FCC Dem's nomination (The Hill)