Agenda

What's on the agenda for policymakers.

FCC Reauthorization Bill Referred to Full Committee

The House Communications Subcommittee on Oct 11 marked up a bipartisan discussion draft of legislation reauthorizing the Federal Communications Commission and made short work of it, voting unanimously to refer the draft to the full House Commerce

CenturyLink pleads with FCC to approve Level 3 acquisition

CenturyLink is making a final push to get the Federal Communications Commission to approve its pending acquisition of Level 3 Communications, with hopes of closing it in October 2017.

The one change we need to surveillance law

[Commentary] Congress is about to make a major decision about privacy protection, civil liberties and national security.

House Russia Investigators Call Facebook, Twitter for Nov 1 Hearing

The House Intelligence Committee is asking officials from Facebook, Twitter, and Alphabet’s Google to testify publicly as part of its Russia probe on Nov. 1, the same day as a planned Senate Intelligence hearing.

Two More Paperwork Burdens Proposed for Relaxation Under FCC’s Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative

In addition to the elimination of the main studio rule, another media item is proposed for consideration at the Federal Communications Commission’s October 24 meeting.

Bipartisan group of lawmakers seek to impose new limit on U.S. government spy power

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is seeking to impose a significant new restraint on law enforcement’s access to data gathered by the National Security Agency under a powerful authority that enables collection of foreign intelligence on U.S. soil.

Facebook and Twitter will testify to the U.S. Congress on Russia and the 2016 presidential election

Facebook and Twitter have each agreed to appear before US lawmakers and testify publicly as part of a congressional probe into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election.

David-vs-Goliath Battle Ahead for CBRS Spectrum, Better Fixed Wireless Broadband in Play

The Federal Communications Commission will vote later in Oct to explore rule changes for the 3550-3700 MHz spectrum band, known as the CBRS band, including the possibility of larger license areas for longer time periods.

A Jump-Start for Restoring Communications Networks in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

Hurricane Maria has had a catastrophic impact on communications networks in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The Federal Communications Commission has been doing a lot to assist with repair and restoration—and that work continues.

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda For October 2017 Open Meeting

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the following items are tentatively on the agenda for the October Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 24, 2017: