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Reauthorizing FCC and Improving Broadband Infrastructure

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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 6, 2018 | Andre Castro (202-225-6105) | comments

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4986, the RAY BAUM’S Act. Congressman Bill Flores (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding passage of the bill:

“Congress last reauthorized the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) almost 30 years ago in a vastly different era of telecommunications. Today, the House reauthorized the FCC to provide the Commission with the reforms to improve efficiency, transparency and accountability needed to help ensure a 21st century telecommunications landscape for our nation. The RAY BAUM’S Act works to improve internet infrastructure and prepare our nation for an expanding broadband-based economy. The bill also corrects an unintended consequence for our radio broadcasters that resulted from the 2012 spectrum incentive auction. While the spectrum auction is a tremendous catalyst for increased broadband deployment, many radio stations that are co-located on TV towers could be forced to go off air for certain periods of time as a result. I worked to ensure that the bill included provisions to help FM broadcast stations and FM translators which were originally overlooked in the 2012 legislative process. It is crucial that communities throughout Texas have access to FM and FM translator radio services on which they rely, and to continue to have access to the next generation of wireless services - 5G and beyond.”

The RAY BAUM’S Act, is named in honor of the former House Energy and Commerce Committee Staff Director who recently lost his battle with cancer.


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