House E&C Leaders: Communications Law Rewrite Coming

Among Priorities Outlined for Next Congress
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Fresh from convincing victories in their respective House races, House Energy & Commerce Committee chairman Fred Upton (R-Mi.) and Communications Subcommittee chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) outlined their priorities for the new Congress (the 114th), which includes beginning the rewrite of telecommunications law.

"We have also spent the past year gathering input and information to inform our work to bring the nation's communications laws into the 21st Century," they said in a joint statement Wednesday (Nov. 5). "Over the next several months, we will take what we have learned from our hearings and white papers to update the law to boost job creation and economic growth in the innovation era."

If past is prologue, that effort will take years, not months, but with Republicans in control of the Senate, it will likely be a more deregulatory proposal than if it had to negotiate a Democratic-controlled Senate. But the president could still veto any changes, like limiting FCC authority over broadband.

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