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Trump Budget Envisions FCC Operating at $18 Million Less, With 102 Fewer FTEs

The Trump administration FY 2018 budget request would cut FCC funding by about $18 million. The White House unveiled the documents Tuesday, and several stakeholders said Congress won't take up the proposal as drafted. The funding measure comported with … Subscribe to Read >>

FCC Posts NPRM to Reverse Title II, Revisit Net Neutrality; Few Changes From Draft

The FCC issued its rulemaking notice proposing to roll back Title II regulation under the Communications Act and revisit net neutrality rules. The 75-page NPRM, adopted 2-1 Thursday (see 1705180029), contains a lengthy dissent by Commissioner … Subscribe to Read >>

FCC Could Still Tinker With Incentive Auction Transition Deadline, O'Rielly Says

ORLANDO -- The FCC may have to consider tinkering with the 39-month time frame for broadcasters to clear the 600 MHz band so carriers can start to use the spectrum they bought in the TV incentive auction, Commissioner Mike … Subscribe to Read >>

Phase Zero Stations Need Relief, Says LPTV Group

The FCC needs to provide relief for low-power TV stations in danger of getting bumped from their spectrum long before the post-incentive auction displacement window intended to find them a new home takes place, said the LPTV Spectrum Rights … Subscribe to Read >>

Adelstein Sees Growing Momentum Behind Infrastructure Industry

ORLANDO -- Momentum is building in Washington, D.C., and across the country for the wireless infrastructure industry, said Jonathan Adelstein, Wireless Infrastructure Association president, at the start of the group’s annual meeting Tuesday. Adelstein noted FCC Chairman Ajit Pai … Subscribe to Read >>

Enforcement Bureau Changed Under Pai, Redoubles Efforts on Piracy, FCBA Told

The FCC Enforcement Bureau has “redoubled” its efforts to combat unauthorized broadcasting and is working its way through some of the changes required by the 2015 field modernization order, bureau officials told an FCBA event Tuesday. The … Subscribe to Read >>

Narrower Patent Venue Legislation Still Possible Post-Heartland, Lawmakers Say

The Supreme Court's Monday decision in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands narrows the scope for patent lawsuit venue legislation rather than negating the need, lawmakers and lobbyists said in interviews. Heartland limited eligible court venues … Subscribe to Read >>

FAA Committee to Address Drone Remote Identification 'Imminent,' Says Executive

The formation of an aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) to develop standards for remotely identifying and tracking drones is "imminent," Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) CEO Brian Wynne told us Tuesday after a hearing. He said development of … Subscribe to Read >>

Wikimedia Lawsuit Against NSA Surveillance Program Can Move Ahead, Says Appeals Court

The Wikimedia Foundation can move ahead with a challenge of NSA "upstream" surveillance after a three-judge federal appeals court Tuesday reversed part of a lower court's ruling in 2015 that plaintiffs lacked standing because they hadn't "plausibly" … Subscribe to Read >>

Gigabit Broadband Speeds Should Be US Goal, Conference Told

Gigabit-speed networks could resolve policy issues including net neutrality and the rural-urban divide, broadband advocates said Tuesday at the Mountain Connect conference webcast from Dillon, Colorado. The gigabit network in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is driving the city’s economy, said an … Subscribe to Read >>

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Today’s Featured Article

FCC Shift to Regulations.gov Could Fix Agency's Cyberattack Vulnerabilities, Experts Say

FCC Electronic Comment Filing System woes that the agency says stem from a distributed denial-of-service attack point to necessary overhauls to the comment system, including more capacity, more protections and potentially a move to Regulations.gov, experts tell us. Such a move isn't likely in the foreseeable future. The FCC should release data on the ECFS issues it experienced earlier this month to definitively prove they were caused by DDoS attacks, experts said. The FCC says multiple DDoS incidents came amid an onslaught of comments on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's proposed revised net neutrality rules (see 1705080042, 1705090063 and 1705100062). … Read More >>

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