Steve Scalise (Republican-LA) introduced H.R. 599 on January 23, 2017. The bill was referred to the Energy and Commerce Committee.
The bill passed the House of Representatives by a verbal vote of at least 2/3 majority and was sent to the Senate on January 23, 2017. The Senate received the bill on January 24, 2016, read it twice, and sent the bill to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
There are no amendments.
The bill amends the Communications Act of 1934 to consolidate the reporting obligations of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to improve congressional oversight and reduce reporting burdens. The Communications Act of 1934 would be amended to include the following:
- During the fourth quarter of every even numbered year, the FCC will be required to report to the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Commerce, Science and Technology on the state of the communications marketplace, including:
- The state of competition within the marketplace
- The state of deployment of communications capabilities
- An assessment of whether laws, regulations, or regulatory practices pose a barrier to competitive entry into the marketplace
- The agenda of the FCC for the next two year period
- The actions taken by the FCC in pursuit of the prior agenda
- An extension clause allowing the FCC to submit an addendum during the first quarter of the subsequent year if the President has appointed a Commissioner during the fourth quarter.
- Several reductions in assessment and reporting requirements to limit redundancies.
Marsha Blackburn (Republican-TN)
Greg Walden (Republican-OR)