H.R. 2844: Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2013

H.R. 2844

Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2013

Date
September 9, 2013 (113th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, September 9, 2013, the House will consider H.R. 2844, the Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2013, under a suspension of the rules.  The bill was introduced on July 26, 2013 by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 2844 amends Title I of the Communications Act of 1934 by directing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to publish on its website and submit to the Committee on Energy and Commerce a report on the state of the communications marketplace biennially by consolidating eight separate reports into one single report.  Each biennial report must assess:

  • The state of competition in the communications marketplace, including competition to deliver voice, video, audio, and data services among telecommunications providers, mobile service providers, broadcast stations, satellite providers, internet service providers, and other communications service providers
  • The deployment of communications capabilities, including whether advanced telecommunications capabilities are being deployed to Americans in a timely fashion
  • A determination of whether laws, regulations, or regulatory practices pose a barrier to competitive entry or expansion of current providers of communications services

Furthermore, the FCC is directed to compile a list of geographical areas that are not served by any provider of advanced telecommunications capability.  The FCC is permitted to use available data to draw comparisons between the U.S. and the international communications marketplace.  In addition, the Commission is directed to consider market entry barriers for entrepreneurs and small businesses in the communications marketplace.  Finally, this legislation repeals and consolidates twelve FCC reports that previously were authorized under the Communications Act of 1934.

Cost

The CBO estimates that implementing the provisions of H.R. 2844 would not have a significant net effect on the agency’s discretionary costs.  Enactment would not affect direct spending or revenues.[1]

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.