Toward a More Coherent Privacy Framework

Now that the Senate has voted 50-48 to reverse confusing and unnecessary broadband privacy rules established under the Obama administration, the resolution will likely be taken up by the House next week.

Not Ready to Jump In

Speaking of the FCC, Julian Hattem at The Hill reports that Senate Republicans aren’t yet going to step into the Commission’s latest foray into the net neutrality debate: The top GOP senators on the Appropriations Committee and the subcommittee overseeing the FCC both told The Hill this week that they...

Talking Spectrum

According to Brendan Sasso of The Hill, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will be holding a hearing on the FCC’s upcoming spectrum auction on December 10. Expected to be discussed will be a nationwide public safety network and whether limitations should be imposed on the auctions, which many...

Conflicting Reports

With wireless providers in desperate need of more spectrum, the FCC has been working toward making its incentive auctions happen sometime next year. But as John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable reports, Sen. Mark Pryor, chairman of the Senate Communications Subcommittee, believes the Commission may not hit the target: Asked...

Wheeler Up For Vote

At The Hill, Brendan Sasso reports President Obama’s pick for FCC Chairman will finally get a nomination vote this week: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee is scheduled to vote on Tom Wheeler’s nomination to lead the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday afternoon. According to Sasso, it will be...

Spectrum Summer

Via John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable, the House Communications Subcommittee has penciled in June 27 for a hearing on wireless spectrum: The Subcommittee hearing is titled “Equipping Carriers and Agencies in the Wireless Era,” and will include witnesses from the government and private sectors talking about the needs of...

Save the Date

Senator Jay Rockefeller has marked June 18 as the day the Senate Commerce Committee will hold its hearing over FCC Chair nominee Tom Wheeler, according to Broadcasting & Cable’s John Eggerton.

Senator Thune on Wireless

Yesterday, Sen. John Thune, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation delivered prepared remarks for the Committee’s hearing on the State of Wireless Communications. TMCnet has posted the entirety of Thune’s remarks, but here’s a couple highlights. On the pressing need for more spectrum, Thune...

The Waiting Game

There are currently two empty seats at the FCC, and as John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable reports, at least one outgoing member believes it’s going to take a while to fill them: Former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell warned Friday that the replacements for FCC chairman Julius Genachowski and himself...

A Pick for Chair

Via Brendan Sasso of The Hill, some Senate Democrats are working to influence President Obama’s next pick for FCC Chairman: Dozens of Senate Democrats are urging President Obama to consider choosing Jessica Rosenworcel to be the next chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission. The current FCC chairman, Julius Genachowski, has...