Agenda

What's on the agenda for policymakers.

Sponsor: 

Senate Commerce Committee

Date: 
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 10:00

This hearing will examine the skills and training needed among the telecommunications workforce to deploy 5G networks, as well as ongoing efforts within the public and private sectors to address the 5G labor shortage. Witnesses will also discuss regulatory barriers that may impede U.S. leadership in next generation communications technology and efforts to close the digital divide.

Witnesses:



Frontier Tells Creditors It Seeks a March Bankruptcy

Frontier Communications, the provider of telecom services in 29 states, is asking creditors to help craft a turnaround deal that includes filing for bankruptcy by the middle of March. Company executives including Bernie Han, Frontier’s new chief e

Rural Broadband in the House

House Democratic leaders are set to roll out infrastructure legislation following the Martin Luther King Jr.

Sponsor: 

Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Harvard University

Date: 
Tue, 02/18/2020 - 12:00 to 13:15

Rural broadband is currently having a moment in American political discourse. No less than 5 presidential candidates have released plans to connect the country’s rural places, and the FCC has recently announced a $20billion funding program for fixed broadband and a $9billion program for 5G deployment in rural America. Despite these initiatives and interests, however, rural America remains woefully disconnected from a digital world that the urban and wealthy take for granted.



Sponsor: 

Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law

House Judiciary Committee

Date: 
Fri, 01/17/2020 - 10:00

Witnesses

Patrick Spence, Sonos

David Barnett, PopSockets

David Heinemeier Hansson, Basecamp

Kirsten Daru, Tile



FCC Probes Interest in USF/ICC Transformation Order Petitions

The Federal Communications Commission's Wireline Competition Bureau has pending before it eight petitions for reconsideration of various aspects of the intercarrier compensation provisions of the Universal Service Fund/ USF/Intercarrier Compensati

T-Mobile/Sprint deal faces another setback

T-Mobile’s attempt to buy Sprint and close the deal faced another setback when US District Judge Timothy Kelly extended his Tunney Act review of the Department of Justice settlement into mid-February.

What to do with the C-band airwaves?

Sen John Kennedy (R-LA) is angling to hold more Federal Communications Commission hearings soon in his appropriations subcommittee overseeing the commission, still focused on how FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will structure a planned auction of 5G-friendl

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for January Open Meeting

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the items below are tentatively on the agenda for the January Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 30, 2020:

Sponsor: 

Communications and Technology Subcommittee 

House Commerce Committee

Date: 
Wed, 01/15/2020 - 10:30

A hearing to consider legislation that would ensure our media laws reflect the great diversity of this nation

Legislation

H.Res. 549, reaffirming the commitment to media diversity and pledging to work with media entitities and diverse stakeholders to develop common ground solutions to eliminate barriers to media diversity