By Tim Devaney - 01/16/14 09:52 AM EST
Friday's edition of the Federal Register contains a handful of communications and agricultural rules, including a rule that would improve the reliability of 911 emergency networks.
Peanuts: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering whether to continue a government-sponsored marketing program for more than 9,000 peanut producers around the country. The producers, who indirectly fund the program, will have a chance to weigh in on the decision in April.
Horses: The Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is updating penalties for "shoeing" a horse under the Horse Protection Act. Industry organization and associations will now be responsible for enforcing the new rules.
911 emergency: The Federal Communications Commission is moving forward with a rule that would improve the reliability of 911 emergency calling networks. A new list of industry-wide best practices and "reasonable measures" for service providers will go into effect in one month.
The FCC decided to update the rules after the "derecho" storm in June 2012, which ripped through the Midwest and mid-Atlantic states, leaving millions without 911 service.
Wireless service: The Office of Management and Budget will allow the FCC to collect information about advanced wireless networks over the course of the next three years. The move comes a year after it was made public that the National Security Agency was eavesdropping on Americans' phone calls, and reading their text messages and emails.
Hydropower: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is updating the price that it charges hydropower companies to rent out land that is used to turn running water into energy. Most prices range from $50 to $100 per acre per year, but in Alaska's Juneau Area the government plans to charge as much as $1,341.85 per acre in 2014.
Anti-theft: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is coordinating its vehicle theft prevention standards for manufacturers with Canadian regulators. The move is part of larger bilateral regulatory efforts between the two countries.