Legislation

View the two videos featured at the top this page and then explore the links for each Bill, including some completed Bill Summaries and analyses.

2017 US Federal Bills, Listed by Priority  |    2017 US Federal Bills, Listed by House/Bill Number

Also explore the companion Telecom Regulation page.

June 2017: President Trump Gets 5G Propaganda Pitch

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  • Trump asks few intelligent questions while being pitched a disastrous idea: installing only private fiber-optic cables to millions of private 4G/5G microwave transmitters that will be installed on public utlity/light poles — which creates a dangerous condition of public property and a transfer of huge liability from the Telecom companies to the states and local communities. This scheme will result in 4 to 6, unnecessary, overlapping cells of microwave radiation transmitted 24/7/365 at 15 to 50 feet from Americans’ bedrooms (where we sleep and heal). A MUCH BETTER solution is the one these obscenely profitable companies are trashing — to install one-set of publicly-owned, Title II fiber-optic cables to every home and business for 1,000 Mbps speeds for $30-$40 per month, over which private companies can offer their coveted, competing television/video services.
  • From Trump, not a single question about safer, better, more secure or more energy-efficient alternatives and no exploration of the many downsides of this scheme . . .
  • It’s that easy, folks. You just have to be in the room where it happens.

May, 2017: 4G/5G Wireless Microwave Radiation Hazards

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  • On 8/3/17, both US Senate bills mentioned in this video, S.19 and S.88, were passed by the Senate by unanimous consent (no roll call vote because there were no objections and no holds) and then sent to the House.
  • Call US House Representatives to urge them to Vote NO on these bills and the other bills, listed below. Tell them that Title II, shared Fiber-Optic cables to the Premises (FTTP) is the solution that can offer 1,000 Mbps download speeds, with low latency, high security and no microwave radiation hazards. One Big Dig for America could install 21st Century Conduit and create hundreds of thousands of jobs for America across the country.
  • Call US Senators to encourage them to embrace the same plan.

2017 US Federal Wireless Bills List, Priority Order

A List: Federal Bills to Oppose/Work for Amendments
  1. HR-4986 — Repack Airwaves/FCC Reauthorization Act of 2018(summary/analysis/bill text)

    • Sponsor: Rep. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN]
    • Committees: Senate Commerce Committee
    • Latest: 3/6/18 Bill voted through the House by voice vote unders suspended rules
  2. S.TBD — Small Cell Act Draft (summary/analysis/bill text)

    • Sponsor: Sen. Thune, John [R-SD] (Introduced 10/31/2017)
    • Committees: TBD
    • Latest:Discussion Draft
  3. S.1988 — SPEED Act (summary/analysis/bill text)

    • Sponsor: Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS] (Introduced 10/19/2017)
    • Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
    • Latest: Senate – 10/19/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
  4. S.19 — MOBILE NOW Act (summary/analysis/bill text)

    • Sponsor: Sen. Thune, John [R-SD] (Introduced 01/03/2017)
    • Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    • Committee Reports: S. Rept. 115-4
    • Latest: House – 08/04/2017 Held at the desk — was incorporated into HR.4986 (see link above)
  5. S.1682 — AIRWAVES Act (summary/analysis/bill text)

    • Sponsor: Sen. Gardner, Cory [R-CO] (Introduced 08/01/2017)
    • Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    • Latest: Senate – 08/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  6. S.174 — Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2017 (summary/analysis/bill text)

    • Sponsor: Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV] (Introduced 01/17/2017)
    • Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    • Latest: House – 08/04/2017 Held at the desk
B List: Federal Bills to Oppose/Work for Amendments
  1. S.1621 — Rural Wireless Access Act of 2017 (summary/analysis/bill text)

    • Sponsor: Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS] (Introduced 07/24/2017)
    • Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    • Latest: Senate – 08/02/2017 Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably
  2. S.102 — Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act of 2017 (summary/analysis/bill text)

    • Sponsor: Sen. Cantwell, Maria [D-WA] (Introduced 01/11/2017)
    • Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    • Committee Reports: S. Rept. 115-24
    • Latest: House – 09/12/2017 Held at the desk.
  3. S.604 — Highway Rights-of-Way Permitting Efficiency Act of 2017 (summary/analysis/bill text)

    • Sponsor: Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] (Introduced 03/09/2017)
    • Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
    • Latest: Senate – 03/09/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works
Other Federal Wireless Infrastructure Bills
  1. S.Res.242 — 5G networks deployment strategy resolution (summary/analysis/bill text)

    • Sponsor: Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS] (Introduced 8/2/2017)
    • Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    • Latest: Senate – 08/02/2017 Referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
  2. H.Res.53 — Get out of the way resolution (summary/analysis/bill text)

    • Sponsor: Rep. Latta, Robert E. [R-OH-5] (Introduced 01/13/2017)
    • Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
    • Latest: House – 01/25/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
  3. S.742 — Community Broadband Act of 2017 (summary/analysis/bill text)

    • Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] (Introduced 03/28/2017)
    • Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    • Latest: Senate – 03/28/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
  4. HR.3895 — Smart Cities and Communities Act of 2017 (summary/analysis/bill text)

    • Sponsor: Rep. DelBene, Suzan K. [D-WA-1] (Introduced 10/02/2017)
    • Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Science, Space, and Technology; Education and the Workforce; Foreign Affairs
    • Latest: House – 10/02/2017 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Science, Space, and Technology, Education and the Workforce, and Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Other FCC-Administration Bills
  1. HR.290 — Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2017 (summary/analysis/bill text)

    • Sponsor: Rep. Walden, Greg [R-OR-2] (Introduced 01/04/2017)
    • Committees: House – Energy and Commerce | Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    • Latest: Senate – 01/24/2017 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  2. HR.599 — Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2017 (summary/analysis/bill text)

    • Sponsor: Rep. Scalise, Steve [R-LA-1] (Introduced 01/23/2017)
    • Committees: House – Energy and Commerce | Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    • Latest: Senate – 01/24/2017 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Other Federal Wireless Spectrum Bills
  1. S.88 — DIGIT Act (tbd)

    • Sponsor: Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE] (Introduced 01/10/2017)
    • Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation | House – Energy and Commerce
    • Committee Reports: S. Rept. 115-90
    • Latest: House – 08/11/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
  2. HR.686 — DIGIT Act

    • Sponsor: Rep. Paulsen, Erik [R-MN-3] (Introduced 01/24/2017)
    • Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
    • Latest: House – 01/24/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce
  3. HR.1814 — Rural Spectrum Accessibility Act of 2017

    • Sponsor: Rep. Kinzinger, Adam [R-IL-16] (Introduced 03/30/2017)
    • Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
    • Latest: House – 03/31/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
  4. HR.1888 — Federal Spectrum Incentive Act of 2017

    • Sponsor: Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2] (Introduced 04/04/2017)
    • Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Armed Services
    • Latest: House – 04/24/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
  5. HR.2425 — Public Lands Telecommunications Act

    • Sponsor: Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2] (Introduced 05/16/2017)
    • Committees: House – Natural Resources; Agriculture
    • Latest: House – 06/27/2017 Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Unanimous Consent
Other Federal Rural/Digital Divide Bills
  1. S.96 — Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017 (summary/analysis/bill text)

    • Sponsor: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 01/11/2017)
    • Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    • Committee Reports: S. Rept. 115-6
    • Latest: House – 08/04/2017 Held at the desk
  2. S.1104 — Rural Wireless Access Act of 2017

    • Sponsor: Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV] (Introduced 05/11/2017)
    • Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    • Latest: Senate – 05/11/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  3. S.277 — Rural Telecommunications and Broadband Service Act of 2017

    • Sponsor: Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV] (Introduced 02/02/2017)
    • Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    • Latest: Senate – 02/02/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
  4. S.1676 — Broadband Rural Opportunities Act (B-CROP) Act

    • Sponsor: Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY] (Introduced 07/31/2017)
    • Committees: Senate – Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
    • Latest: Senate – 07/31/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
  5. HR.800 — New Deal Rural Broadband Act of 2017

    • Sponsor: Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2] (Introduced 02/01/2017)
    • Committees: House – Agriculture; Natural Resources; Energy and Commerce
    • Latest: House – 02/24/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit.
  6. HR.1546 — Rural Wireless Access Act of 2017

    • Sponsor: Rep. Loebsack, David [D-IA-2] (Introduced 03/15/2017)
    • Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
    • Latest: House – 03/17/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
  7. HR.2903 — Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Access Act of 2017

    • Sponsor: Rep. McKinley, David B. [R-WV-1] (Introduced 06/15/2017)
    • Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
    • Latest: House – 06/16/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
  8. S.1363 — Rural Broadband Deployment Streamlining Act

    • Sponsor: Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV] (Introduced 06/15/2017)
    • Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
    • Latest: Senate – 06/15/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  9. HR.600 — Digital GAP Act

    • Sponsor: Rep. Royce, Edward R. [R-CA-39] (Introduced 01/23/2017)
    • Committees: House – Foreign Affairs | Senate – Foreign Relations
    • Latest: Senate – 01/30/2017 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations
Other Federal Wireless Bills
  1. S.228 — Small Business Broadband Deployment Act of 2017 (summary/analysis/bill text)

    • Sponsor: Sen. Daines, Steve [R-MT] (Introduced 01/24/2017)
    • Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    • Latest: Senate – 01/24/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  2. HR.1591 — WiFi Capable Mobile Devices Act of 2017 (summary/analysis/bill text)

    • Sponsor: Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large] (Introduced 03/16/2017)
    • Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
    • Latest: House – 03/17/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
  3. S.993 — Restoring Internet Freedom Act

    • Sponsor: Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT] (Introduced 05/01/2017)
    • Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    • Latest: Senate – 05/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
  4. S.449 — DIGITAL AGE Act

    • Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 02/27/2017)
    • Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
    • Latest: Senate – 02/27/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations
  5. S.1013 — Gigabit Opportunity Act

    • Sponsor: Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV] (Introduced 05/03/2017)
    • Committees: Senate – Finance
    • Latest: Senate – 05/03/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
  6. HR.2870 — Gigabit Opportunity Act

    • Sponsor: Rep. Collins, Doug [R-GA-9] (Introduced 06/12/2017)
    • Committees: House – Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce
    • Latest: House – 06/16/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
  7. HR.2479 — Leading Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s America Act

    • Sponsor: Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6] (Introduced 05/17/2017)
    • Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Science, Space, and Technology; Transportation and Infrastructure; Ways and Means; Natural Resources
    • Latest: House – 05/26/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs
  8. HR.3414 — Disability Mobility Advisory Council Act

    • Sponsor: Rep. Harper, Gregg [R-MS-3] (Introduced 07/26/2017)
    • Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Latest: House – 07/27/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
  9. HR.2922 — PREPARE Act

    • Sponsor: Rep. Donovan, Daniel M., Jr. [R-NY-11] (Introduced 06/15/2017)
    • Committees: House – Homeland Security; Transportation and Infrastructure; Energy and Commerce
    • Latest: House – 06/28/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications.
  10. S.1410 — Safe DRONE Act of 2017

    • Sponsor: Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA] (Introduced 06/22/2017)
    • Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    • Latest: Senate – 06/22/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
  11. HR-3901) — Moving FIRST Act

    • Sponsor: Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark [D-CA-11] (Introduced 10/02/2017)
    • Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Latest: House – 10/03/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit

Same 2017 US Federal Wireless Bills List, Sorted by House and Bill Number

(All links to congress.gov)

  1. HR-290 — Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2017
  2. HR-599 — Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2017
  3. HR-600 — Digital GAP Act
  4. HR-686 — DIGIT Act
  5. HR-800 — New Deal Rural Broadband Act of 2017
  6. HR-1546 — Rural Wireless Access Act of 2017
  7. HR-1591 — WiFi Capable Mobile Devices Act of 2017
  8. HR-1814 — Rural Spectrum Accessibility Act of 2017
  9. HR-1888 — Federal Spectrum Incentive Act of 2017
  10. HR-2425 — Public Lands Telecommunications Act
  11. HR-2479 — Leading Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s America Act
  12. HR-2870 — Gigabit Opportunity Act
  13. HR-2903 — Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Access Act of 2017
  14. HR-2922 — PREPARE Act
  15. HR-3414 — Disability Mobility Advisory Council Act
  16. HR-3895 — Smart Cities and Communities Act of 2017
  17. HR-3901 — Moving FIRST Act
  18. HRes-53 — Get Out of the Way and Stay Out of the Way
  19. S-19 — MOBILE NOW Act
  20. S-88 — DIGIT Act
  21. S-96 — Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017
  22. S-102 — Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act of 2017
  23. S-174 — Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2017
  24. S-228 — Small Business Broadband Deployment Act of 2017
  25. S-277 — Rural Telecommunications and Broadband Service Act of 2017
  26. S-449 — DIGITAL AGE Act
  27. S-604 — Highway Rights-of-Way Permitting Efficiency Act of 2017
  28. S-742 — Community Broadband Act of 2017
  29. S-993 — Restoring Internet Freedom Act
  30. S-1013 — Gigabit Opportunity Act
  31. S-1104 — Rural Wireless Access Act of 2017
  32. S-1363 — Rural Broadband Deployment Streamlining Act
  33. S-1410 — Safe DRONE Act of 2017
  34. S-1621 — Rural Wireless Access Act of 2017
  35. S-1676 — B-CROP Act
  36. S-1682 — AIRWAVES Act
  37. S-1988 — SPEED Act
  38. Sres-242 — 5G networks deployment strategy resolution