"What we have tried to do is to follow the court's direction, the roadmap, the blueprint, and to come up with a proposal that stops blocking, that prohibits anything that degrades a consumer's access, including prioritization," Tom Wheeler said during a House hearing.
The Federal Communications Commission's new proposal on net neutrality has provoked concern from Democratic and Republican lawmakers.
The demand for licensed spectrum has garnered much attention on the Hill and at federal agencies and departments, but it's time to give unlicensed spectrum – which has an estimated economic impact of $140 billion annually – its due, said Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.
Mobile is a core part of the Federal Communications Commission's mission, and now it's also a focus for its IT shop. With 40 percent of the agency's IT systems more than 10 years old, FCC Chief Information Officer David Bray is taking a targeted look at legacy sprawl.
As part of a nationwide effort to modernize public safety communications, jurisdictions in many states have begun bringing online emergency services IP networks. However, IP connectivity – which will deliver voice, video, text and data calls to public safety answering points – present a cybersecurity challenge that PSAPs have not previously had to consider.
Former House members involved in the 1996 Telecommunications Act say the law needs to be overhauled because of outdated provisions. The law updated the 1934 Communications Act, which had created the FCC and laid out its regulatory role over phone, television and other communications services.
The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology submits recommendations regularly to the White House, but few have been as well received across government and as actionable as a July 2012 report on spectrum usage, says a senior official.
The Federal Communications Commission is requesting approximately $13.5 million for information technology upgrades in fiscal 2015 – a figure FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler sought to justify before House appropriators.
The Federal Communications Commission plans to establish interim indoor accuracy measurements for wireless carriers that would ensure public-safety answering points get approximate location information for wireless 911 calls placed from indoors.
An additional 100 megahertz of spectrum is set to become available for unlicensed uses such as Wi-Fi thanks to a March 31 decision by the Federal Communications Commission.