Federal Legislation

The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing into the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner, in which Democrats, Republicans and industry executives all questioned the legality, the necessity and the probity of such a move.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler kicked off the E-Rate Modernization Workshop saying that bringing broadband to schools and libraries could be ?the single most important issue this agency deals with."
Only 19 percent of 911 dispatch centers report ?a great deal? of confidence in the location data they receive from wireless phones, according to a survey by the FineMe911 coalition.
The FCC moved to use its Connect America Fund to expand broadband to 5 million Americans in rural areas.
In both the Senate and in the media, Al Franken (D-MN) is fighting to stop the Comcast-Time Warner merger.
On April 11, 78 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler urging him to maximize the upcoming spectrum auction.
At an April 9 Capitol Hill hearing, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and consumer groups expressed deep skepticism about the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner.
The Communications Workers of America today commended the Senate Finance Committee for moving forward on tax provisions that encourage investment in domestic industries -- including high speed fiber broadband networks.
According to CWA, Sprint did not meet its requirements to give workers 60 days? notice before terminating their jobs on March 25, or the 90 days? notice required in New York.
"From New York to Illinois, Comcast... has maintained a powerful, experienced army of local lobbyists and trade groups," Politico said recently.