Analysis

FCC Reauthorization Bill Reflects Industry, Policy Trends

Law360 (February 16, 2018, 6:08 PM EST) -- The House of Representatives is taking another stab at renewing the mandate for the Federal Communications Commission, and many of the provisions in the multipronged bill reflect the agency’s morphing values in the Trump administration.

Overall, experts say the bill, which homes in on spectrum auctions, consumer protection issues and the so-called digital divide, likely represents a shifting set of priorities at the Republican-led agency. But the legislation is far from neatly sewn up.

While the bill, Ray Baum’s Act of 2018, sets up a funding mechanism for future resource auctions, it lacks an actual price tag to ensure the current...

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