FCC Chairman-Nominee Noncommittal on Limits Regarding Spectrum Aggregation
June 19th, 2013
WASHINGTON, June 19, 2013 – Under questioning from the Senate Commerce Committee during a confirmation hearing to be chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler said spectrum auctions need to be designed to provide incentives for broadcasters to sell, and carriers to bid, on prime wireless frequencies. Upcoming spectrum auctions were one of the […]
Senate Committee Passes Public Safety Spectrum Bill
Congress, Public Safety, Senate, Spectrum, Wireless
June 9th, 2011
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2011 – The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation passed a deficit reducing measure Wednesday to reallocate the D-Block spectrum to public safety and gain federal funding to realize a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network.
The measure, known as the Strengthening Public-safety and Enhancing Communications Through Reform, Utilization, and Modernization (SPECTRUM) Act of 2011, is seen by proponents as a way to both reduce the federal deficit and honor first responders who lost their lives due to communications network failures during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Rockefeller to Focus on Fraud, Cybersecurity
Broadband's Impact, Cybersecurity, Education, FCC, Health, Net Neutrality, Public Safety, Universal Service
January 24th, 2011
WASHINGTON, January 24, 2011 – The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV), released his legislative agenda for the upcoming year on Friday. The senator plans to prioritize three broad areas: economic security and growth, proactive homeland security and consumer protection. “In the new Congress,” said Rockefeller […]
Lawmaker Wants More Spectrum For Wireless Broadband
December 4th, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 4, 2009 – The United States must act soon to meet the increasing demand for more spectrum, a key lawmaker said on Friday.
“Our nation is on the verge of a wireless spectrum shortage,” said Sen. John Ensign, R-N.V. “As evidenced by the tremendous success of smart phones, demand for wireless broadband devices and services is exploding. If the United States does not act soon to meet the increasing demand for more spectrum, we risk falling behind other nations in developing new technologies.”
Senate Commerce Committee Passes Radio Spectrum Inventory Act
Broadband Data, Wireless
July 8th, 2009
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2009 — The Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday approved S. 649, the Radio Spectrum Inventory Act, which would give the National Telecommunications and Information Agency and the Federal Communications Commission 180 days to present Congress with a complete inventory of the radio frequencies that they manage from 300 Megahertz to 3.5 Gigahertz.
Copps Responds to Senators, Orders Handset Agreement Probe
June 18th, 2009
WASHINGTON, Thursday June 18, 2009 – After a frenetic burst of activity on and off Capitol Hill, Acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps (D) announced on Thursday an investigation into whether consumers are being harmed by exclusive contracts between handset manufacturers and wireless carriers.
Wireless Can Solve 'Last Mile' Competition Problem, McDowell Tells Senators
FCC, National Broadband Plan
June 16th, 2009
WASHINGTON, June 16, 2009 – Robust competition and expanded wireless services will be fundamental pieces of the Federal Communications Commission’s national broadband plan, Commissioner Robert McDowell told members of the Senate Commerce Committee Tuesday. McDowell appeared before the committee as it considered his nomination for a second term on the agency.
Senate Committee Likely to OK Strickling as NTIA Head, Chopra as CTO
Broadband Stimulus, NTIA
May 19th, 2009
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2009 – With little questioning or controversy, the Senate Commerce Committee appeared poised ready after a Tuesday hearing to submit to the full Senate for confirmation the nominations of two key technology officials in the Obama administration.
Will A National Broadband Strategy Solve the Crisis in Journalism?
Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Weekly Report
May 18th, 2009
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2009 – The United States desperately needs a national broadband strategy, agreed a wide range of telecommunications experts, speaking last week at a conference on “Changing Media” at the Newseum in Washington.
Senate Committee Seeks Faster Internet and More Broadband Data
September 16th, 2008
WASHINGTON, September 16 – Senators on the Commerce Committee on Tuesday promoted the benefits of high-speed internet access and called for the passage of measures designed to provide more public information about broadband, and more broadband connectivity.