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Biography for Howard Buskirk

Howard Buskirk, Executive Senior Editor, joined Warren Communications News in 2004, after covering Capitol Hill for Telecommunications Reports. He has covered Washington since 1993 and was formerly executive editor at Energy Business Watch, editor at Gas Daily and managing editor at Natural Gas Week. Previous to that, he was a staff reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Greenville News. Follow Buskirk on Twitter: @hbuskirk

Recent Articles by Howard Buskirk

Rosenworcel Seen Likely to Embrace Simington's Calls for Security Rules

FCC Commissioner Nathan Simington’s calls last week for the agency to take a deep dive on potential rules requiring OEMs to provide security updates for wireless devices authorized by the agency for sale in the U.S. (see 2206280072) appears likely to be picked up, said Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, industry executives and agency officials.Read More >>

SCOTUS Promotes 'Major Questions' Doctrine for Reviewing Agency Decisions

In what's viewed as a major decision by the Supreme Court Thursday, justices didn’t overrule the Chevron doctrine but appeared to further clamp down on the ability of agencies like the FCC to regulate, absent clear direction from Congress. The opinion came in an environmental case, West Virginia v. EPA. Legal experts said the 6-3 decision likely presages that courts would overturn an FCC decision to classify broadband under Title II of the Communications Act.Read More >>

US Military Improving Spectrum Capabilities, DOD Officials Say

DOD is making progress on electronic warfare (EW) and on spectrum systems survival on the battlefield, officials said during a Hudson Institute webinar Wednesday. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sharpened U.S. focus on EW, but China has been an even bigger concern, said Bryan Clark, Hudson senior fellow. “China has been expanding and modernizing its electronic warfare capabilities for a decade now, plus,” he said.Read More >>

NTIA Tells FCC It Already Considers Receiver Characteristics

NTIA supported the FCC’s move to address receivers, in comments posted Tuesday in response to a notice of inquiry on receiver performance and potentially standards adopted by commissioners 4-0 in April (see 2204210049). NTIA noted it already collects receiver data. Other commenters generally support the inquiry, with most opposing regulation.Read More >>

Ex-FCC Chief Technologist Urges Harm-Claim Thresholds in Spectrum Decisions

The FCC got general support for doing more to address receivers in early responses to a notice of inquiry on receiver performance and potentially standards adopted by commissioners 4-0 in April (see 2204210049). Comments were due Monday in docket 22-137.Read More >>