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Pai Likely Lacks Votes for Net Neutrality Rules Based on 706, Without More FCC Members

One big question on net neutrality is whether Chairman Ajit Pai will have the votes he would need to approve rules based on Communications Act Section 706 authority after Title II is repealed. Commissioner Mike O’Rielly is seen as … Subscribe to Read >>

Section 706 Draft Item a Notice of Inquiry; FCC 'Reset' May Skip Report on Last Inquiry

A draft FCC item on advanced telecom capability deployment is a notice of inquiry, a spokesman told us Friday. Chairman Ajit Pai in January withdrew a draft report on broadband-like ATC deployment under Telecom Act Section 706 (see Subscribe to Read >>

Pro-Net Neutrality Bill Democrats Face Tough Odds to Shift Caucus; Many Lobbied in Q2 on Topic

A handful of congressional Democrats have publicly bucked their party’s overall resistance to negotiating with the Republican majority on net neutrality legislation, and they are unlikely to bring their colleagues back to the bargaining table soon, lobbyists told us … Subscribe to Read >>

House Bills Addressing Music Industry Copyright, Royalty Issues Get Mixed Reviews

Bipartisan House bills aimed at resolving copyright and licensing issues in the music industry were introduced last week to mixed reviews. The Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service and Important Contributions to Society (Classics) Act would ensure that … Subscribe to Read >>

Apple, Intel, CCIA Urge ITC to Reject Qualcomm’s Call for iPhone Import Ban

The import ban that Qualcomm seeks against iPhones that don't contain Qualcomm baseband processor chips (see 1707120023) "would negatively affect U.S. consumers who rely on Apple products," Apple told the International Trade Commission in comments posted Thursday … Subscribe to Read >>

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Carr FCC Nomination Raises New Questions on Senate Confirmations Timing, Process

FCC General Counsel Brendan Carr's nomination to the commission's vacant GOP seat poses as many questions as it answers about the path forward for his confirmation process and those of Democratic FCC nominee Jessica Rosenworcel and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who requires a vote on his own renomination, industry lobbyists told us. President Donald Trump formally sent Carr's nomination to the Senate at our deadline Thursday. The White House said Wednesday Trump would nominate Carr to both the remainder of the vacant seat's current term, which ends June 13, 2018, and an additional five-year term that expires in June 2023 (see 1706280068). Industry observers told us the Carr and Rosenworcel nominations could signal an imminent period of relative stability at the FCC (see 1706290065). … Read More >>

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