Lawmakers Intro 'RADIOS' Spectrum Inventory Act
U.S. Senators Olympia J. Snowe of Maine and John Kerry of Massachusetts recently proposed a new law that would overhaul how the government accounts for and manages wireless spectrum. The Reforming Airwaves by Developing Incentives and Opportunistic Sharing (RADIOS) Act, which is a modified version of legislation proposed by Snowe and Kerry last year, aims to streamline the spectrum management process. The bill would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to perform a detailed inventory of spectrum use in the U.S. This information will then be analyzed to determine how the spectrum is being used and to provide the FCC and NTIA with the information they need to make better decisions on how to manage spectrum use. Senator Snowe says the bill complements the National Broadband Plan.
Senators Revive Wireless Innovation Act
A quintet of Senators recently re-introduced the Wireless Innovation Act of 2015, which asks the federal government to find 200 MHz of spectrum for wireless broadband. The act was sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio, Roger Wicker, Kelly Ayotte, Cory Gardner, and Ron Johnson.
FCC: Still Work to Do to Free Up More Spectrum
FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler underscored the need to find and free up more spectrum in a recent meeting with the Obama Administration. Wheeler met with Lawrence Strickling, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, to discuss the FCC's progress in finding 500 megahertz of spectrum for wireless broadband.
Lawmakers Revive WiFi Innovation Act
Senators Marco Rubio and Cory Booker today reintroduced the WiFi Innovation Act with the goal of opening up more access to spectrum in the 5GHz band. The act was first introduced in June 2014.
FCC Chair Says 5G Is a 'National Priority'
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler plans to push the nation's 5G agenda forward this week by defining the spectrum that the wireless networks of the future will use. "I am circulating to my colleagues proposed new rules that will identify and open up vast amounts of spectrum for 5G applications," said Wheeler.
Senators Revise Anti-Encryption Bill, Opposition Mounts
Senators Diane Feinstein of California and Richard Burr of North Carolina have circulated a revised draft of the Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016. The bill would require tech companies to "provide in a timely manner responsive, intelligible information or data, or appropriate technical assistance to obtain such information or data." If passed into law, it would largely negate the benefits of using encryption on mobile devices, which are meant to protect personal information.