By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 2-11-22

Republicans and Democrats have teamed on two bipartisan bills that would help streamline the FCC’s vetting of satellite-delivered broadband systems looking to provide competition to wired ISPs as well as reach uneconomical-to-wire areas.

Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Republican ranking member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) have circulated drafts of two satellite-related bills that would “modernize” the FCC’s satellite licensing rules with the aim of “promoting responsible space management, incentivizing investment and innovation, and advancing U.S. leadership in next-generation, satellite communications networks,” all with an eye toward promoting broadband competition and national security.  » Read More