By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 11-17-20

The House has passed three bipartisan bills to strengthen communications networks, including one exploring whether to extend emergency alert mandates to the Internet and streaming services.

H.R. 6096, the Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI) Act of 2020, requires the FCC to “examine the feasibility of modernizing the Emergency Alert System by expanding alert distribution to the Internet and streaming services.”

H.R. 6624, the Utilizing Strategic Allied (USA) Telecommunications Act of 2020, “creates a new grant program through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to promote technology that enhances supply chain security and market competitiveness in wireless communications networks.”

H.R. 7310, the Spectrum IT Modernization Act of 2020, involves NTIA reporting requirements to Congress. » Read More