Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) recently attended an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology legislative hearing that focused on seven communications bills that update safety measures, promote access to spectrum, and increase accountability and availability of certain programs funded by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
“The bills that we reviewed in committee today are important measures designed to improve and update our communications laws to ensure efficiency and accountability,” said Guthrie.
H.R. 4889, the Kelsey Smith Act of 2016, H.R. 4167, the Kari’s Law Act of 2015, H.R. 3998, the Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act, and H.R. 2031, the Anti-Swatting Act of 2015, are designed to improve the safety of those in dangerous or emergency situations and place more stringent penalties on those who falsely initiate the assistance of law enforcement, known as “swatting.”
H.R. 4884, the Controlling the Unchecked and Reckless Ballooning of the Lifeline Fund Act (CURB Lifeline) strengthens accountability for the FCC’s Lifeline fund, an unchecked and expanding subsidy program that is in need of reform. H.R. 4111, the Rural Health Care Connectivity Act of 2015, ensures that skilled nursing facilities are considered “health care providers” under the Rural Health Care Program and therefore eligible for program support.
Finally, H.R. 4190, the Spectrum Challenge Prize Act of 2015, authorizes the Department of Commerce to conduct a competition for companies and organizations to propose technologies that improve spectrum efficiency and are capable of cost-effective deployment. Mr. Guthrie co-chairs the Congressional Spectrum Caucus along with Ms. Matsui.