Rep. Anna Eshoo

FCC’s Wheeler Takes Another Stab at Explaining His Net Neutrality Position

What started out as a rocky hearing for Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler turned into an opportunity for him to explain at length to lawmakers about the agency’s new rulemaking on net neutrality, opened less than a week ago.

Dems and GOP Reach Compromise on Reauthorization of Satellite Bill

A bill to reauthorize the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act, which ensures that 1.5 million rural cable subscribers will be able to receive programming from all the TV networks, has a good chance of getting voted favorably out of the House commerce committee on Thursday.

Dems Find Fault With Draft to Reauthorize Satellite Bill

A proposed bill to reauthorize the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act, or Stela for short, may please broadcasters, cable and satellite companies, but politics on the communications and technology subcommittee could derail the current draft.

Congressional Dems Introduce Bill to Restore FCC’s Open Internet Rules

The debate over net neutrality in Washington is just getting started. Just days after President Obama pledged during a Google+ hangout that he supported net neutrality, Democrats rallied in Congress to put some legislation behind his words. 

New FCC Chairman Gets an Earful From House Panel

There has been no honeymoon for Tom Wheeler, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. On his 39th day at the regulatory agency, Wheeler got an earful from the GOP-controlled communications and technology subcommittee. Democrats also weren’t shy about making a few suggestions.

Bipartisan FCC Process Reform Bill Gains Momentum

After three years of going nowhere in the Senate, a bill to reform how the Federal Communications Commission does business may finally get passed, now that it has Democratic backing. 

Long-Awaited Bill to Curb Patent Troll Abuses Introduced

The much-anticipated bill to curb patent troll abuses is officially moving and moving fast—even after being sidelined by the government shutdown. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the judiciary committee, introduced his bill this morning before a packed hearing room, flanked by lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. 

Bill Seeks to Grant FCC Authority to Stop Blackouts

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House subcommittee on communications and technology, just made Wednesday's upcoming hearing interesting by publishing a discussion draft of a bill intended to eliminate TV blackouts caused by retransmission consent disputes.

No-Brainer Bill to Consolidate FCC Reports Sent to the House Floor

The House Commerce Committee Wednesday sent to the floor a no-brainer of a proposal that will allow the Federal Communications Commission to consolidate eight reports into one biennial communications marketplace study. It also gets rid of the anual telegraph report (yes, it's still on the books!), which dates back to 1934.

Déjà Vu at House Hearing on FCC Process Reform

It was déjà vu today when a House subcommittee once again revisited a pair of bills aimed at reforming how the Federal Communications Commission does business. Democrats didn’t like the bills last year when they passed the GOP-controlled House, and they don’t like the newly minted ones now.