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  • Commerce Science and Transportation Communications Technology Innovation and the Internet
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    Commerce, Science and Transportation: Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet

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    Hearings to examine advancing the Internet of Things in rural America.

  • Senators Receive Update on Emergency Response Broadband Network
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    National Public Safety Network

    Witnesses testified at a hearing on the deployment of FirstNet, a national public safety network for first responders. Among the witnesses testifying were FirstNet CEO Michael Poth, AT&T…

  • Hearing Focuses on the Public Safety Broadband Network
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    Public Safety Broadband Network

    State and federal officials testified at a hearing on the progress made on the deployment of the First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, a public safety broadband network created…

  • Updating Communication Networks
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    Communication Network Updates

    Internet industry experts testified on the implications of updating copper wire-based telephone service to Internet-based networks, also known as Internet protocol (IP) transition. They…

  • Reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act
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    Reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act

    WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet will hold a hearing on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 2:45 p.m. titled,…

  • Senators Study Future of Wireless Technology
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    Wireless Technology

    Witnesses testified on the state of wireless communications and future developments in the industry. In their testimony they said the need for more broadband spectrum was critical as…

  • Senate Subcmte Looks at State of Video
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    Television and Internet Video Distribution

    Witnesses testified about a proposed measure to provide a la carte cable and satellite television options to consumers. Among the issues addressed were the potential impact on the cost of…

  • Cable and Broadcast Television Carriage Negotiations
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    Cable and Broadcast Television Carriage Negotiations

    Witnesses testified on the rules for television negotiations and recent disputes over broadcast carriage. Fox’s parent company News Corporation pulled its channels from Cablevision systems…

  • Future of Journalism and Newspapers
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    Future of Journalism and Newspapers

    Witnesses testified about challenges facing the newspaper industry, how the media landscape has changed with the introduction of digital technology, and new models and improvements in…

  • Telecommunications Agenda
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    Telecommunications Agenda

    Senator Burns spoke about the telecommunications agenda for the Communications Subcommittee. Among the topics on the agenda were eliminating unwanted electronic mail known as spam,…

  • Electronic 911 Compliance
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    Electronic 911 Compliance

    An FCC official and industry representatives testified about wireless and cellular 911 services. They examined the implementation of the Wireless Communication and Public Safety Act and the…

  • FCC Reauthorization
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    FCC Reauthorization

    Senators heard testimony on the funding of the Federal Communications Commission. Among the topics discussed were Internet access for public schools, and cable television.

  • Telecommunications Technologies in Education
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    Telecommunications Technologies in Education

    The committee met to discuss telecommunications technologies and how they could be used to improve education in America. The witnesses testified on information about technological advances…

  • Telephone Solicitation
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    Telephone Solicitation

    The subcommittee heard testimony on legislation regulating telephone transmissions in the U.S., including unsolicited computer voice calls and long distance services billing procedures.…

  • Public Interest Obligations of Broadcasters
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    Public Interest Obligations of Broadcasters

    The subcommittee heard testimony on S. 217, the Fairness in Broadcasting Act of 1991, which would reinstate the fairness doctrine in broadcasting repealed in 1987. The fairness doctrine, along with the equal time…

  • Cable Television Reregulation
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    Cable Television Reregulation

    The committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 12, the Cable Television Consumer Protection Act of 1991. The bill was designed to regulate the prices and quality of cable television services, many…

  • Telephone Companies and Cable TV
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    Telephone Companies and Cable TV

    The subcommittee met to examine whether or not telephone companies should be permitted to originate video programming. The subcommittee was considering S. 2800, the Communications…

  • Digital Audio Tape Recorders
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    Digital Audio Tape Recorders

    The subcommittee heard testimony on the manufacture and distribution of audio tape recorders which do not meet technical specifications. New legislation would require that all tape recorder…

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