House panel approves FCC reauthorization

House panel approves FCC reauthorization
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The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday approved a bill reauthorizing funding for the Federal Communications Commission.

The bill would allocate funds to television and radio broadcasters affected by the FCC’s incentive auction, which repurposes broadcast airwaves for wireless providers. It would also implement a number of process reforms aimed at making the agency run more efficiently.

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“By making sure we properly relocate broadcasters displaced in the incentive auction, we add further legitimacy to future spectrum actions and other improvements in communications policy,” Rep. Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenPost-Zuckerberg, tech CEOs under pressure to testify Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Google struggle to block terrorist content | Cambridge Analytica declares bankruptcy in US | Company exposed phone location data | Apple starts paying back taxes to Ireland Continued efforts to pass 'right to try' legislation should fail MORE (R-Ore.), who chairs the committee, said in a markup hearing Wednesday.

The Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act, or the Ray Baum Act, was named for the Energy and Commerce Committee staff director who died of cancer on Friday.

It now heads to the House floor for a full vote.