On January 8, House Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) released a white paper asking for public input for... their review and eventual update of the Communications Act. The white paper focuses on broad thematic concepts for updating the law.
The committee is seeking responses to a series of questions posed in the white paper and is also offering an opportunity for interested parties to comment on any aspect of the Communications Act.
The five questions are:
1.The current Communications Act is structured around particular services. Does this structure work for the modern communications sector? If not, around what structures or principles should the titles of the Communications Act revolve?
2.What should a modern Communications Act look like? Which provisions should be retained from the existing Act, which provisions need to be adapted for today’s communications environment, and which should be eliminated?
3.Are the structure and jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission in need of change? How should they be tailored to address systemic change in communications?