H.R. 1301, Amateur Radio Parity Act

H.R. 1301

Amateur Radio Parity Act

Date
September 12, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On­­­­ Monday, September 12, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 1301, the Amateur Radio Parity Act, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 1301 was introduced on March 4, 2015, by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, by voice vote on July 13, 2016.

Bill Summary

H.R. 1301 directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to amend regulations related to certain antenna structures. Under the legislation, the regulations would be amended to prohibit private land-use restrictions from prohibiting amateur radio operation. H.R. 1301 maintains existing law that permits community associations in deed-restricted communities to require that amateur operators obtain prior approval for equipment installation from the community association, to prohibit equipment installation on commonly owned property within the community, and to enforce community aesthetic requirements.

 

Background

Amateur radio is the use of radio frequency spectrum for the purpose of non-commercial exchanges of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, or emergency communication. There are more than 730,000 radio amateurs in the United States that are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the amateur radio services.[1]

The FCC currently limits the land use restrictions imposed by governments or homeowners associations on other pieces of communications equipment.[2] However, unique challenges exist for amateur radio licensees to comply with private land use regulations and community associations. H.R. 1301 seeks to prevent land use restrictions the have the effect of prohibiting amateur radio communications and directs the FCC to adopt regulations for the use of amateur radio equipment that ensure community restrictions are minimal and tailored to achieve a legitimate end.

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[1] See H.R. 1301.
[2] See Energy and Commerce Markup Memorandum on July 8, 2016 at 6.

Cost

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing H.R. 1301 would cost less than $500,000 to update agency rules. Moreover, the agency is authorized to collect fees to offset annual regulatory costs. Enacting H.R. 1301 would not affect direct spending or revenues, therefore pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply. Further, CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 1301 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.