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New Republican Members Named to House Energy & Commerce

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 1-14-21 The House Republican Steering Committee has picked eight new Republicans to joint the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which has principal jurisdiction over communications issues and the FCC. One of those will fill the slot of retiring former Republican ranking member Greg Walden (R-Ore.). New ranking member Cathy [...]

By |2021-01-15T20:38:54-04:00January 14th, 2021|Issue Watch|0 Comments

FCC’s Ajit Pai Has Issues With Permanent Trump Social Media Bans

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 1-13-21 FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he has some issues with the permanent bans on President Trump's Twitter and Facebook accounts. In response to a question on his last press call, the chairman said he recognized the country was going through difficult times "and these are difficult questions to [...]

By |2021-01-15T20:37:28-04:00January 13th, 2021|Issue Watch|0 Comments

Democrats Poised To Re-Take Senate

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 1-6-21 If Democrats have their way, and holding majorities in the House and Senate and with their team in the White House, the careening of net neutrality rules between the courts and FCC could stop, but with legislation that establishes broadband access as a Title II service subject to [...]

By |2021-01-15T20:32:46-04:00January 6th, 2021|Issue Watch|0 Comments

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Talks Up Using ‘Hard’ Power To Combat Network Threats

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 1-5-21 FCC Chairman Ajit Pai drew a sharp distinction between how the previous Democratic administration treated China and the current one when it comes to communications equipment and networks. That came in remarks at "A Conversation with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai" web event at the Center for Strategic and [...]

By |2021-01-15T21:37:05-04:00January 5th, 2021|Issue Watch|0 Comments

FCC Seeks Help Handing Out Billions in COVID-19 Broadband Aid

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 1-4-21 The FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau is seeking input on how to hand out over $3 billion in new broadband benefits created by Congress in the recently passed package of appropriations and COVID-19 aid funds. The $3.2-billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program was created to help low-income households access the [...]

By |2021-01-06T22:06:40-04:00January 4th, 2021|Issue Watch|0 Comments

Sen. McConnell Ties $2,000 COVID Checks to Section 230

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 12-30-20 Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signaled Dec. 30 that the Senate would not be voting on the House-passed Bill (H.R. 9051) providing $2,000 COVID-19 relief check – a figure suggested by President Trump – essentially adding the poison pill of Sec. 230 to any vote on such relief, something Democrats [...]

By |2020-12-31T22:09:52-04:00December 30th, 2020|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Sen. McConnell Ties $2,000 COVID Checks to Section 230

Sen. McConnell: Senate Will Launch Look at Sec. 230

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 12-29-20 Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that this week the Senate "will begin a process" of bringing the priority of reviewing and potentially revising Sec. 230 "into focus." That came in his opening remarks on the Senate floor Dec. 29 as the Senate prepared to vote Dec. 30 [...]

By |2020-12-31T22:03:38-04:00December 29th, 2020|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Sen. McConnell: Senate Will Launch Look at Sec. 230
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