In a major development for the telecommunications sector that will likely trigger a significant lobbying battle, key House and Senate Democrats announced today that they are joining forces to craft legislation to update the 1934 Communications Act.
The move follows weeks of acrimony over the FCC's legal standing to implement core provisions of its sweeping national broadband plan after a federal appeals court issued a decision undermining the agency's regulatory authority.
Senate Commerce Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller, Senate Communications Subcommittee Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman, and House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., issued the announcement.
"As the first step, they will invite stakeholders to participate in a series of bipartisan, issue-focused meetings beginning in June," a joint news release said. The lawmakers added that a list of discussion topics and other details would be "forthcoming."