The Federal Scene 

May updates

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.

News clips

05.26.17 New GOP bill may revive internet privacy fight (The Hill)  
05.22.17 Tech awaits Trump budget (The Hill) 
05.19.17 House Republican unveils internet privacy bill(The Hill) 
05.17.17 Senate Dems appeal to 'everyone who uses the internet' on net neutrality rollback (The Hill) 
05.17.17 House Democrats release $85B infrastructure plan(The Hill) 
05.17.17 Trump to nominate new top telecom policy adviser (The Hill) 
05.16.17 Dems propose scrapping law GOP used to overturn regulations (The Hill) 
05.09.17 Court to rehear case on FTC's authority (The Hill) 
05.08.17 Senate Republicans push net neutrality bill (The Hill) 
05.03.17 Dems demand concessions from GOP to get net neutrality compromise (The Hill) 
05.03.17 Dem: GOP's net neutrality rollback aims to 'choke off' free speech (The Hill) 
05.02.17 Senate Dem: FCC chief may have violated law in net neutrality rollout (The Hill) 
05.02.17 Dems warn net neutrality repeal will spark 'public uproar' (The Hill) 
05.01.17 Senate Republicans introduce anti-net neutrality legislation (The Hill) 
05.01.17 FCC head to brief Congress on net neutrality rollback (The Hill) 
05.01.17 Federal court lets net neutrality regulations stand (The Hill)