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Senate Democrats Seek Progressive Candidates to Succeed Clyburn Amid Wide Open Vetting

Senate Democrats' search for a candidate to succeed FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn if she decides to exit remains wide open, though lawmakers have candidate qualities in mind, lobbyists and former officials told us. Clyburn hasn't announced any plans … Subscribe to Read >>

IATF Pressing Broadcasters for More Information; Process 'So Far, So Good'

FCC reimbursement fund administrator EY had to press broadcasters for additional information on their repacking reimbursement requests because many are upgrading to ATSC 3.0-compatible equipment and didn’t submit actual price estimates, said FCC Incentive Auction Task Force Chair Jean … Subscribe to Read >>

House Commerce OKs 54-0 Self-Driving Vehicle Bill Pre-empting State Laws

The House Commerce Committee passed revised, bipartisan self-driving vehicle legislation 54-0 during a Thursday markup that would set road rules for development and deployment of thousands of such cars, barring states from regulating the technology. A Subscribe to Read >>

FirstNet Years Ahead of Schedule for Some States, NPSTC Told

States that opt in to FirstNet will be able to make the national broadband network available to public safety agencies as much as three years faster than expected, board member Kevin McGinnis told the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council … Subscribe to Read >>

Comcast, Charter See National Wireless Opportunities, Charter's Rutledge Says

Comcast and Charter Communications see "national level" wireless opportunities they wouldn't have alone as regional players, Charter CEO Tom Rutledge said in an earnings call Thursday. He said Charter's wireless partnership with Comcast (see 1705080046) comes as the … Subscribe to Read >>

Retrans Regime Status Quo Not Seen Changing Anytime Soon, DPI Panelists Say

Any major change to retransmission consent rules isn't likely anytime soon, given FCC unwillingness to get involved and a lack of industry consensus that could motivate Congress, said panelists at a Digital Policy Institute webinar Thursday. The retrans … Subscribe to Read >>

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Senate Commerce Eyes Aug. 2 FCC Nominees' Markup; Committee Democrats Seek Deal on Clyburn Successor

The Senate Commerce Committee tentatively plans an Aug. 2 markup on nominations of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, commissioner nominees Brendan Carr and Jessica Rosenworcel and other nominees, committee Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., told us Wednesday. Meanwhile, Committee Democrats seek some deal on the FCC nominees that would assuage their concerns about how Senate Commerce would handle a possible Democratic nominee to replace current Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. … Read More >>

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