House Lawmakers Launch Process to Update Aging Communications Laws

Goal is to reform law in 2015

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Two House Republicans announced an ambitious initiative to rewrite and update the decades-old communications laws that have been overwhelmed by new technologies and new media.

In a Google Hangout Tuesday afternoon, House energy and commerce chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and communications and technology subcommittee chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said they would begin the process next year with a series of hearings and white papers, in the hopes of ultimately reforming the Communications Act sometime in 2015.

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