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Pai Expected to Propose Busy Agenda for April Commissioners' Meeting

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is expected to propose a full agenda once more for the April commissioners' meeting. In addition to business data service (BDS) (see 1703280050) and UHF ownership limit discount votes (see 1703070055), Pai is … Subscribe to Read >>

Lifeline Advocates Hit Pai Plan to Scrap LBPs, But O'Rielly Doubted LBP Authority

Lifeline advocates knocked FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plans to roll back the agency's process for designating Lifeline broadband providers (LBPs), which he said usurped state authority. Senior House Democrats blasted the decision and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn voiced disappointment. Some … Subscribe to Read >>

FCC Deregulation Broadly Expected; O'Rielly Pushes for '2-for-1' Rules Cuts

The FCC should adopt an “eliminate-two-regulations-for-each-one-adopted” model as President Donald Trump is requiring for executive agencies, Commissioner Mike O’Rielly said Wednesday at an American Cable Association event. The agency has other routes for reviewing rules, but O'Rielly said it … Subscribe to Read >>

FirstNet Won’t Release Contract Documents for $6.5 Billion Public Safety Project

FirstNet could be more transparent in its contracting for the $6.5 billion network, transparency advocates said in Wednesday interviews. The 2012 law authorizing the public safety network allows it to keep all documents private, and a court case that … Subscribe to Read >>

Privacy CRA's Advance Spurs More Democratic, Public Interest Outrage Ahead of Likely Signing

Partisan tensions over FCC ISP privacy rules didn’t let up Wednesday after the House’s vote of 215-205 Tuesday to kill the rules via the Congressional Review Act (see 1703280076). The White House signaled President Donald Trump will sign … Subscribe to Read >>

State Diversion of 911 Fees Emerges as Big Concern in House NG-911 Hearing

Any advancing legislation designed to help the transition to Next-Generation 911 perhaps should find ways to stop states that divert money from 911 fees to purposes other than paying for and improving 911, Steve Souder, who retired last year … Subscribe to Read >>

House Judiciary Clears Register of Copyrights Bill Amid Lofgren Criticism

The House Judiciary Committee voted 27-1 Wednesday to advance the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (HR-1695) over opposition from Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif. The bill, filed last week, would make the register a presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed position … Subscribe to Read >>

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Today’s Featured Article

911 Attention Grows After Dallas PSAP Overload, AT&T Outage

Caller overload at the Dallas 911 center, coming soon after a widespread AT&T wireless 911 outage, shows that maintaining the emergency-number service must be a priority for industry and government, 911 officials said Friday. The FCC said it will provide an update on the AT&T outage at commissioners' Thursday meeting, and 911 officials said they look forward to learning more information. Meanwhile, a few state legislatures are moving bills that could direct funding to 911 systems. And at the Nebraska Public Service Commission, industry said "no" to state requirements for 911 reliability exceeding what the FCC requires. … Read More >>

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