— Despite the clock running down on 2018, Thune says he's still trying to schedule a hearing on his STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act, S. 3157, intended to ease the deployment of 5G infrastructure. The measure faces opposition from several organizations representing local and state governments. "I don't know if they're ever going to get … Continue reading Thune Still Eyes Hearing On 5G Legislation
— Congress is angling to impose some training wheels on the Trump administration when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars on broadband deployment. Lawmakers are eyeing the reconciliation process for the farm bill as a way to check the Agriculture Department, which manages various telecom subsidies through its Rural Utilities Service agency. "Appropriate guidance in … Continue reading Senate GOP To Trump Admin: Don’t Get Sloppy With Broadband
At today's meeting, the commission will vote on preparations for 5G airwaves auctions in November and in 2019, as well as GOP Commissioner Brendan Carr's telehealth inquiry and an order on one-touch make-ready pole attachment reforms. Source: POLITICO Morning Tech View of the FCC Rule by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP - Joshua Guyan, … Continue reading Today: FCC Meeting [08-02-18]
— Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) left Wednesday's 5G wireless hearing eyeing ways to combine his STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act, S. 3157 (115) , with "several bills that have been filed" also dealing with "faster deployment of broadband services," he told reporters. He says to expect another hearing on these and noted his … Continue reading Thune Eyes Packaging Broadband Deployment Bills
The House today will take up consideration of 20 bills under suspension of the rules, including some tech-related items: one measure, H.R. 3994 (115), would create an internet connectivity office in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration with the aim of promoting broadband access Source: POLITICO Morning Tech List of 20 Bills is HERE.
Brookings makes three important points. 1. The U.S. must rapidly adopt complementary public policies with timelines that address ongoing spectrum shortage concerns. 2. The deployment of small cell technologies must become a priority to accelerate 5G infrastructure. 3. Stakeholders involved in 5G deployment must keep top of mind the economic and social good that these … Continue reading The Brookings Institute asks Will the US be 5G Ready? Will Communities Be Ready?
— Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) is looking to consolidate a number of broadband proposals under the banner of NTIA reauthorization, she told John on Monday. "I would very much like to get this done before the August break. I don't know if that is going to be a possibility but I sure would like to … Continue reading Blackburn Eyes Final Broadband Push