On Monday, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) delivered on his promise to unveil legislation that would re-authorize the FCC. Noting vast changes in the technology landscape since the last FCC authorization in 1990, Chairman Thune stated, “Restarting the process of regular authorizations for the FCC will make the agency more accountable to the American people and ensure that the agency has the right tools to do its job.”
The FCC Reauthorization of 2016 Act (S. 2644) would re-authorize the agency for two years and includes provisions related to the spectrum auction and Universal Service Fund. In addition, the bill seeks to modernize the Commission’s regulatory fee structure, increase agency transparency, and clarify procedures in the event of vacancies at the Commissioner level.
Chairman Thune has scheduled a committee mark-up of this legislation next Wednesday.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: March 11, 2016