The Federal Scene
05.19.17 – Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Chair of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, introduced HR 2520 the “Balancing the Rights Of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly (BROWSER) Act of 2017.” The bill would require both ISPs and edge providers to provide clear notice of privacy policies and to give users opt-in or opt-out approval rights for the use of, disclosure of, and access to user information based on the level of sensitivity of such information. ( Press Release)
05.18.17 – President Trump nominated David J. Redlto lead NTIA as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information. Redl is the longtime Chief Counsel for the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
05.17.17 - Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced H.R. 2479, “The Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow’s America Act,” or LIFT America Act, which seeks five years of funding for infrastructure improvements, including $40 billion for the deployment of broadband. | Press Release
05.11.17 – Senators Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) introduced the “Rural Wireless Access Act of 2017,” which would require the FCC to collect broadband coverage data that is valid, consistent and robust. | Press Release
05.03.17 – The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing entitled Investing in America’s Broadband Infrastructure: Exploring Ways to Reduce Barriers to Deployment. The hearing discussed solutions to streamline broadband deployment and infrastructure especially in rural areas, and how to encourage private investment in next-generation telecommunications services.
05.01.17 – Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and 101 other House members sent a letter to Chairman Pai and Commissioners O’Rielly and Clyburn, requesting sufficient resources are made available to the USF High Cost Program to ensure support for broadband deployment in remote and unserved areas of rural America.| Press Release
05.01.17 – Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and eight other senators introduced S. 993, the Restoring the Internet Freedom Act, which would nullify the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order and prohibit the FCC from issuing a similar ruling in the future. | Press Release
05.01.17 – The D.C. Circuit Court issued an
Orderdenying six petitions for rehearing of its open internet decision.