Markup Of FCC Reauthorization Bill Scheduled For Wednesday In House


The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), has scheduled a markup of a FCC reauthorization bill for Wednesday (10/11) at 2pm.

The session will take place in Room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Subcommittee members will consider a bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to reauthorize appropriations for the FCC, to provide for certain procedural changes to the rules of the Commission “to maximize opportunities for public participation and efficient decision making,” and for other purposes.

In July, the Subcommittee held a hearing “on the importance of reauthorizing and reforming the FCC,” it said Friday afternoon.

“This reauthorization and reform measure is long overdue,” said Blackburn, who plans on running for U.S. Senate. “The FCC, the agency charged with administering the Communications Act and other statutes vital to the functioning of our communications policy, has not been reauthorized since 1990. Yet, its current appropriation is over $430 million. As Americans increasingly depend on technology in daily life, we are ensuring the FCC is more transparent and ready to meet the communications needs of today’s consumers.”