Reps. Upton & Walden Examine Communications Act In White Paper
January 10, 2014

Rep. Fred Upton (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), Chairman of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, have released a white paper report, examining the Communications Act, which is up for a potential revision. Late last year, Upton and Walden announced they hope to update the Act.

In the white paper (which can be read in full here), Upton and Walden note that there have been "inconsistent approaches to definition and regulation" due to current aspects of the Communications Act. The two politicians add that the language in the Act as it currently stands "does not contemplate the convergence of technologies in the modern digital era."

Due to this, they say that there are now "different regulatory obligations based on the mode of technology, even though many of the technologies are functionally equivalent either technologically or from the consumer perspective. Because the Commission is structured in much the same way as the Act, the assorted bureaus and divisions within the agency may duplicate certain functions and fail to cover other functions, resulting in a lack of clear regulatory authority."

Upton and Walden conclude with a series of questions about potential changes to the Act, such as, "What should a modern Communications Act look like?" and "Are the structure and jurisdiction of the FCC in need of change?" They ask for a response by January 31, 2014.




 
Breaking News
Hubbard Radio Ups Jeremy Sinon To Corporate Digital Director
The Week In Review: 5/18-5/22
KSZR/Tucson Becomes Classic Hip Hop, 97.5 The Vibe
In Brief - May 22, 2015
May 21, 2015
President Obama To Renominate Jessica Rosenworcel As FCC Commissioner
Herndon Hasty Joins Cumulus Kansas City As VP/Sales
In Brief - May 21, 2015
May 20, 2015
Bruce Lundvall, Longtime Blue Note President, Dies At 79
Zach Mullins Named Digital Sales Manager For Cox Media Group/Atlanta
Quality Control Music Signs Joint Venture With Capitol Music Group/Motown Records
Spotify Adds Video Content, Podcasts
In Brief - May 20, 2015
May 19, 2015
iHeartCommunications To Pay $1M For Misusing EAS Tones During The Bobby Bones Show
Nielsen Study: Radio Delivers Decision-Makers For American Family Insurance
Triton To Represent XAPP Ad Inventory For jācapps Broadcasters
Pandora To Acquire Next Big Sound
Deezer Expands Content With News, Entertainment and Sports Podcasts
Republic/Island Execs & Artists at the BMA’s
In Brief - May 19, 2015
May 18, 2015
Alpha Media To Purchase Morris Communications Radio Stations
"Party Ben" Gill Joins Pandora
Spanish Broadcasting System First Quarter 2015 Results
Communion Records US Signs Broad Agreement With Capitol Music Group
BMG Acquires US Rock Label Rise Records
In Brief - May 18, 2015
May 15, 2015
Music News
Adam Lambert Unveils Two New Tracks
Academy Award-Nominated Actress Hailee Steinfeld Inks Record Deal With Republic Records
The Week In Review: 5/18-5/22
Quick Hits: Taylor Swift, Eminem, Enrique Iglesias, Slayer
Quick Hits: Taylor Swift, Madonna, Little Mix, Roger Waters
Pitch Perfect 2 Comes In At #1
Quick Hits: Foo Fighters, The Rolling Stones, Kanye West, Five Finger Death Punch, Amy Winehouse, Riot Fest
FMQB Photo Pass: MMRBQ 2015
Quick Hits: Sam Smith, B.B. King, Life Is Beautiful festival, Bullet For My Valentine
Taylor Swift Cleans Up at Billboard Music Awards
Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj Lead 2015 BET Awards Nominees
Quick Hits: Taylor Swift, Bob Dylan, Janet Jackson, Nick Jonas, Chinx
Blues Legend B.B. King Passes Away
The Week In Review: 5/11-5/15
FMQB Photo Pass: Radio 104.5 Birthday Show
FMQB NOW

Question Of
The Week

Advertisement:
Search FMQB.com
Advertisements:
FMQB Member Login
Email:
Pass:

Save
Not a member yet?
Sign up Now!
Sign Up for Breaking News!
Enter FMQB E-Tracking!