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FirstNet Set to Award Network Partner Contract, But Questions Remain

The FirstNet board Tuesday voted to authorize CEO Mike Poth to award a contract to build the national network for first responders (see 1703280007), as expected (see 1703240035). The board didn’t say that a team led by … Subscribe to Read >>

Administration Favors GOP Privacy CRA Now Passed by Both Chambers of Congress

The White House is inclined to sign off on the Capitol Hill GOP measure to kill FCC ISP privacy rules, the administration said in a message Tuesday, the day the House signed off on the measure after … Subscribe to Read >>

FCC Seen More Likely to Include BDS Item on Tentative Agenda for April Meeting

The FCC is aiming to put a business data service item on the tentative agenda Thursday for the April 20 commissioners' meeting, industry representatives told us Tuesday. Chairman Ajit Pai appears likely to circulate a deregulatory BDS draft to … Subscribe to Read >>

FCC Increasingly Proactive on Pirate Radio

There are signs the FCC is more proactive about pirate radio enforcement, broadcast industry officials said in interviews. They didn’t cite examples, but broadcasters facing a high volume of pirate activity said their encounters with officials about unlicensed broadcasters … Subscribe to Read >>

DOJ Antitrust Nominee Seen Walking Traditional Conservative Path

The Trump administration's choice to head DOJ antitrust enforcement likely will be a textbook Republican enforcer, focused on the agency taking a light regulatory touch, antitrust experts and people who know nominee Makan Delrahim told us. Delrahim -- whose … Subscribe to Read >>

House Appropriators Tout CPB Mission Amid Administration Threat

CPB leadership received a largely warm welcome Tuesday in testifying before House appropriators. The Trump administration earlier proposed to slash funding for CPB for FY 2018. Earlier this month, House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related … Subscribe to Read >>

NG-911 Transition Requires Congress to Act, Witnesses to Tell House

Congress should consider hitching Next-Generation 911 legislation to the $1 trillion infrastructure package under discussion this session, West Safety Services Vice President Mary Boyd plans to testify Wednesday on behalf of the Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies … Subscribe to Read >>

Johnson Takes Lead as 'Go-To Guy' on Broadband Infrastructure for House GOP

Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, will be the “go-to guy” leading broadband infrastructure efforts for the House Commerce Committee and “therefore, for the Republican conference,” House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said Tuesday before a gathering of NTCA members … Subscribe to Read >>

Common Automation Language Important in Deploying Self-Driving Cars, Experts Testify

Providing a clear and common language for different levels of automation in vehicles is needed to help consumers understand the different technologies they can expect to use as automakers develop self-driving cars, said suppliers of advanced transportation systems at … Subscribe to Read >>

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Today’s Featured Article

FirstNet Board Authorizes Award of Contract to Build Network

The FirstNet board Tuesday formally approved the selection of a team to build the national network for first responders, as we previously reported was likely to occur today. FirstNet didn’t announce that AT&T had won the contract, though that choice is widely expected. The contracting process and resulting court case remain shrouded in secrecy amid federal contracting rules and a potential appeal. … Read More >>

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