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House Commerce Clears STELA Reauth Bill After Doyle, Walden Reach Deal

House legislation to reauthorize parts of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act advanced Wednesday out of the chamber's Commerce Committee, and the Judiciary Committee was expected to clear its related bill after our deadline that evening. Commerce advanced…Subscribe to Read >>

Pai Proposes to Segment 5.9 GHz Band, Allocate Most for Wi-Fi

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will seek a vote at the Dec. 12 FCC commissioners' meeting proposing to take most of the 5.9 GHz band away from dedicated short-range communications (DSRC), reallocating it for Wi-Fi and other unlicensed use. The…Subscribe to Read >>

California Commissioners Mull Backup Power and More Disaster Rules for Communications

The California Public Utilities Commission will weigh more disaster relief rules for communications providers in response to problems during recent public safety power shutoffs (PSPS), CPUC President Marybel Batjer said at a Wednesday hearing livestreamed from San Francisco…Subscribe to Read >>

VoIP Symmetry and Cable Lineup Change Notifications Are Among FCC's December Items

A declaratory ruling interpreting the so-called VoIP symmetry rule, a modification of licensing for noncommercial educational full-service FM and full-power noncommercial educational (NCE) TV and low-power FM broadcast stations, and a proposal to change the deadline for when cable…Subscribe to Read >>

FCC Commissioners Seeking Lots of Edits to Proposed National Security Rules

FCC commissioners are seeking various changes to the national security supply chain rules set for a vote Friday. FCC officials said the email chain has been active this week, with all the commissioners seeking edits from Chairman Ajit Pai…Subscribe to Read >>

Lifeline Program Uncertainty Lingers After FCC Order on Broadband Minimum Usage

Potential cost impacts on Lifeline providers and subscribers played into an FCC decision to increase the program's broadband usage standards from 2 GB per month to only 3 GB on Dec. 1, instead of the 8.75 GB that had…Subscribe to Read >>

Digital AM, Duplicate Radio Items Seen as Uncontroversial

FCC Media Bureau draft NPRMs on digital AM and same market, commonly owned radio stations sharing content generated little activity in the FCC’s electronic comment filing system and aren’t considered controversial for Friday’s FCC agenda (see 1910290053), broadcast…Subscribe to Read >>

NHTSA Waiting to Establish Safety Standards Until Self-Driving Fully Develops 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will establish safety standards for autonomous vehicles (AV) when the technology is “proven,” acting Administrator James Owens told Congress Wednesday. Industry is making significant adjustments to the technology, and the agency doesn’t want…Subscribe to Read >>

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Today’s Featured Article

Nadler to File Bill Limiting STELA Distant-Signal License to Trucks, RVs, Short Markets

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., is expected to file this afternoon legislation that would make permanent a far more limited version of the distant-signal compulsory license currently authorized under the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act, communications sector…Read More >>

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