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Hearing on “Legislative Hearing on Four Communications Bills,” Subcommittee on Communications and Technology (March 22, 2018)

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 10:15am
2322 Rayburn House Office Building

The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at 10:15 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled “Legislative Hearing on Four Communications Bills.”




Key Documents

Memorandum from Ranking Member Pallone to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

Opening Statement of Ranking Member Pallone as prepared for delivery

Opening Statement of Subcommittee Ranking Member Doyle as prepared for delivery

Preliminary Transcript



H.R. 2345, National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2017, To require the Federal Communications Commission to study the feasibility of designating a simple, easy-to-remember dialing code to be used for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system.  

H.R. 2903, Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Access Act of 2017, To direct the Federal Communications Commission to promulgate regulations that establish a national standard for determining whether mobile and broadband services available in rural areas are reasonably comparable to those services provided in urban areas.  

H.R. 3787, Small Entity Regulatory Relief Opportunity (SERRO) Act of 2017,  To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to provide for streamlined procedures for waiver petitions seeking relief for small entities from regulations issued by the Federal Communications Commission, to require the Commission to defer the application of new regulations to small entities, and for other purposes. 

Discussion Draft, Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement (PIRATE) Act, To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to provide for enhanced penalties for pirate radio, and for other purposes. 



Mr. Tim Donovan
Senior Vice President, Legislative Affairs
Competitive Carriers Association
Mr. David Donovan
President and Executive Director
New York State Broadcasters Association
Mr. Robert Gessner
Massillon Cable TV, Inc. (MCTV)
Ms. Sarah Morris
Director of Open Internet Policy, Open Technology Institute
New America Foundation
Dr. Christine Moutier
Chief Medical Officer
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention