• The fight in Congress over the FCC’s Open Internet Order is now on two fronts. As reported last week, both chambers have introduced Resolutions of Disapproval that would invalidate the order under the Congressional Review Act. Now House Republicans are using the budget process as a means for attacking the order. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., Chair of the House Communications Subcommittee, succeeding in attaching an amendment to the Continuing Resolution (CR), which will fund the federal government through September 30, 2011, that would preclude enforcement of the order. Recent reports indicate that a new CR, with a longer funding period, will shortly be proposed.
  • Rep. Peter King, R-NY, has introduced H.R. 607, the “Broadband for First Responders Act of 2011,” which would allocate the 700 MHz D Block for public safety uses. The bill is similar to S. 28, the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act, which Sen. John “Jay” Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., introduced in the Senate. Both bills establish two funds, one for the construction of a nationwide public safety network and one for its continued maintenance. Each bill has been referred to the respective Commerce Committees for consideration. To view H.R. 607, click here. To view S. 28, click here.