The House Energy and Commerce telecom subcommittee scheduled a March 22 legislative hearing on four bills, including a new discussion draft from Reps. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) that would increase fines for illegal pirate radio operators by 10-fold per violation. The other trio of FCC-centric measures would direct the commission to study whether it could designate a dialing code for a national suicide prevention hotline, streamline filing requirements for small businesses and develop a national standard for determining whether rural and urban areas have comparable wireless access.
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H. R. 2903 A Bill to direct the Federal Communications Commission to promulgate regulations that establish a national standard for determining whether mobile and broadband services available in rural areas are reasonably comparable to those services provided in urban areas.
SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Access Act of 2017’’.