Senate, House Plan Communications Act Review
May 25, 2010 at 4:29 AM (PT)
Democrats on CAPITOL HILL are planning bipartisan meetings in JUNE to discuss reviewing and updating the Communications Act. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER IV (D-WV) and House Commerce Committee Chairman HENRY WAXMAN (D-CA) announced MONDAY that they plan to "start a process to develop proposals" for the revision, with Senate Communications Subcommittee Chairman JOHN KERRY (D-MA) and House Communications Subcommittee Chairman RICK BOUCHER (D-VA) joining the announcement.
The move came as 74 Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to FCC Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI objecting to the reclassification of broadband to allow for increased FCC regulation.
"The expanded FCC jurisdiction over broadband that has been proposed and the manner in which it would be implemented are unprecedented and create regulatory uncertainty," wrote the lawmakers. "The controversy surrounding that approach will likely serve as a distraction from what should be our Nation's foremost communications priority: bringing broadband to every corner of AMERICA, getting every American online, and providing the high speed connections needed to realize the promises of telemedicine, distance learning, and other forms of consumer empowerment."
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