T-Band Bill Moves Out of Committee to Full House
Thursday, July 16, 2020 | Comments

The House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced seven communications bills, including T-band legislation, and one House resolution to the full House of Representatives.

“The Energy and Commerce Committee passed eight critical pieces of legislation today to make Americans safer, improve the security of wireless infrastructure and modernize federal spectrum management,” said Committee Chairman Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. “I’m especially proud of my bipartisan bill to promote equipment and technologies to ensure a more diverse, sustainable and competitive supply chain for America’s 5G networks. America must promote the development of trusted alternatives to suspect 5G equipment so we can secure our critical networks and those of our allies in the fight against Huawei. These are all good pieces of legislation that I hope will move to the House floor soon.”

Following is a list of bills that passed out of committee:
• H.R. 451, the “Don’t Break Up the T-Band Act of 2019,” repeals the requirement on the FCC to reallocate and auction the 470 ¬– 512 MHz spectrum band, also known as the T-band. This legislation also addresses the diversion of 9-1-1 fees.
• H.R. 5918 directs the FCC to issue reports after activation of the Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) and to make improvements to network outage reporting. The act also requires the FCC to establish formal processes to take effect in instances when the FCC activates the DIRS.
• H.R. 6096, the “Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI) Act of 2020,” amends the Warning, Alert and Response Network Act to include emergency alerts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a type of alert that subscribers of mobile service may not block from their devices, as currently, alerts from the president may not be blocked.
• H.R. 6624, the “Utilizing Strategic Allied Telecommunications Act of 2020” or the “USA Telecommunications Act,” creates the Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Grant Program at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and authorizes up to $750 million in grants on a competitive basis to support the deployment and use of open radio access network (RAN) 5G networks. The legislation also requires a detailed report to Congress each year grants are made and a report detailing the current state of the 5G network supply chain within 180 days of enactment, and establishes an advisory committee consisting of the FCC, federal agencies and other representatives from the private and public sectors, to advise the NTIA on technology developments to help inform the strategic direction of the grant program.
• H.R. 4194, the “National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2019,” amends the Communications Act to designate 9-8-8 as the universal dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The bill also allows states to impose a fee or charge on voice service subscribers’ bills for the support or implementation of suicide prevention services.
• H.R. 5567, the “Measuring the Economics Driving Investments and Access for Diversity Act of 2020” or the “MEDIA Diversity Act of 2020,” requires the FCC to consider, with the input of its Office of Communications Business Opportunities, market entry barriers for socially disadvantaged individuals in the communications marketplace.
• H.R. 7310, the “Spectrum IT Modernization Act of 2020,” requires the NTIA to submit to Congress a report on its plans to modernize agency IT systems relating to managing the use of federal spectrum. The bill would also require the Government Accountability Office (GA) to conduct oversight over the implementation of the plans.

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