House E&C Gets Organized

The partial shutdown of the Federal government has led some to ask if the FCC will still hold its January Open Meeting. For the U.S. House of Representatives, life goes on. With the 116th Congress now seated, the new House Energy & Commerce Committee is ready for an organizational meeting.
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FCC’s Latest Green Action Arrives

On Tuesday, the FCC’s Order eliminating broadcasters’ obligation to file paper copies of contracts pursuant to Section 73.3613 of the Commission’s rules goes into effect. As Eve K. Reed of Wiley Rein notes, covered contracts include those related to network affiliations, control of station licenses, certain employment agreements, joint sales agreements, and local marketing agreements.

FCC In The Dark: Rosenworcel On Partial Shutdown

As CNN's Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter notes, the partial shutdown of the Federal government has resulted in a near-cessation of activities at the FCC. How this has impacted the Commission was shared by Jessica Rosenworcel.

FCC: Enforce EEO Protections For The Agency’s Furloughed

Rep. Yvette D. Clarke has written to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai urging the Commission to enforce employment discrimination protections for furloughed FCC employees. In the letter, Clarke encouraged the FCC to waive or extend the applicable complaint filing periods for the duration of the shutdown.

Incumbent Protections Urged As C-Band Use Widens

The partial government shutdown has led to near silence at the FCC, with only the five Commissioners, the Spectrum Auction Task Force and select field staff at work, with pay. That hasn't stopped a pair of bipartisan House Members from asking the Commission to consider their C-band concerns.

Who’s Working At The FCC?

It's been exactly two weeks since many FCC staffers turned off the lights and haven't come back, as the partial shutdown of the U.S. government continues with no end in sight. But, not all Commission employees have been sidelined. That's all thanks to funds keeping this group of FCCers at the Portals, with pay.

Meet The GOP’s Addition To House E&C Committee

The roster of House Members sitting on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee for the 116th Congress is now set.  For Republicans, now in the minority, there's one new face on the committee that oversees the FCC worth noting.

Pallone Picks Doyle To Chair #SubCommTech

Frank Pallone Jr. -- now Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee -- has revealed who will lead each of the six E&C subcommittees in the 116th Congress. Taking over for now-Sen. Marsha Blackburn is Pallone's right-hand man on many dissenting statements issued during the 115th Congress.

Blackburn’s ‘Successor’ Under A Democratic House

The successor to now-Sen. Marsha Blackburn as head of the all-important Subcommittee on Communications and Technology was just announced. So was the Ranking Member representing Republican viewpoints. Look no further than the fifth district of Ohio, home to such towns as Defiance.

Hill’s New Post, Away From Capitol Hill

After 17 years in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, Monday marks the final day for a Capitol Hill veteran who has served as the Senate Commerce Committee's Communications Director since January 2015. Where's he heading? The D.C. office of FTI Consulting.
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Spot Swap Affirmed For Sen. Thune

He’s been tapped to serve as the Majority Whip for the 116th Congress, precluding him from continuing in his role as Chairman of the Senate committee charged with oversight of the FCC. But, that can't stop Sen. John Thune from having a lead role in this Senate rulemaking body.

Senate Commerce Committee Inks Organizational Meeting

Sen. Roger Wicker, a Republican Senator from Mississippi, is now in charge of the powerful Senate body. On Wednesday, Wicker will lead an executive session of the committee to consider and approve its rules for the 116th Congress.

Wicker Man: Senator Succeeds Thune On Commerce Committee

South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune has officially passed the gavel to his successor as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation — the committee in the upper body of Congress that oversees the FCC.
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Should The FCC Shut Down For Good?

On Monday, Harry Jessell, of TVNewsCheck, wrote a much-discussed column titled "Let’s Make The Partial FCC Shutdown Permanent." Was Jessell for real, or just joshing? It appears he was serious about his comments. So is featured columnist Ken Benner, who offers his thoughts. We offer an Observation.

WBK Attorney, Ex-FCC Associate Joins USTelecom

A partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer who advised communications providers and trade associations on strategic, policy, and legal matters has taken the SVP of Advocacy and Regulatory Affairs post at USTelecom.

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