Senate Politics Over LightSquared Threatens FCC Nominations
The Senate Commerce Committee has provisionally approved President Barack Obama's nominees to fill vacant seats on the Federal Communications Commission. The committee upheld Republican Ajit Vradaraj Pai and Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel's nominations in a vote last week, preparing the nominees for a full senate vote. Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, however, has threatened to place a hold on the nominees' vote until the FCC releases more documents concerning its January decision to allow LightSquared to operate its planned Long Term Evolution 4G network on L-Band satellite spectrum. Grassley accused the FCC of rushing to approve LightSquared's plans, which have since been shown to interfere with aviation and military GPS performance. "As a last resort to try to exhort more transparency and accountability from the FCC, I'll place a hold on consideration of the agency nominees on the Senate floor," Grassley said in an interview with Bloomberg. LightSquared's plans continue to draw fire, despite its assurances that the interference issues can be resolved. Today, LightSquared announced that it has signed its 30th wholesale partner, which will resell LightSquared's 4G broadband services if the network ever launches.
Trump Renominates Pai to Serve As FCC Chair
President Donald Trump today renominated Ajit Pai to the Federal Communications Commission. Pai has been running the agency since the January departure of former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, even though Pai's official tenure at the FCC ended in the middle of 2016.
Phone-Unlocking Bill Advances to Senate
The full Senate will vote on a bill that aims to reestablish the legality of unlocking cell phones. The bipartisan proposal was agreed to in broad terms last month.
Trump Asks Jessica Rosenworcel to Return to FCC
President Donald Trump today nominated former FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to retake her seat with the agency. Rosenworcel served on the commission for several years under the Obama Administration.
FCC's Ajit Pai Wants Net Neutrality Vote Delayed
FCC Commissioners Ajit Pai and Mike O'Reilly, both Republicans, today asked the FCC to delay its planned vote on net neutrality rules. The FCC is widely expected to vote on the proposed rules at its open meeting scheduled for Feb.
So much for Republicans = bad knee jerk
Everybody is ignoring the fact that the FCC is messing around with allowing LS to use a portion of the spectrum that will interfere with GPS, to include military and air traffic.
So, a congress person thr...