H.R.2844 - Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2013
To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to consolidate the reporting obligations of the Federal Communications Commission in order to improve congressional oversight and reduce reporting burdens.
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To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to consolidate the reporting obligations of the Federal Communications Commission in order to improve congressional oversight and reduce reporting burdens.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. COMMUNICATIONS MARKETPLACE REPORT.
‘SEC. 14. COMMUNICATIONS MARKETPLACE REPORT.
‘(a) In General- In the last quarter of every even-numbered year, the Commission shall publish on its website and submit to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report on the state of the communications marketplace.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) assess the state of competition in the communications marketplace, including competition to deliver voice, video, audio, and data services among providers of telecommunications, providers of commercial mobile service (as defined in section 332), multichannel video programming distributors (as defined in section 602), broadcast stations, providers of satellite communications, Internet service providers, and other providers of communications services;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) assess the state of deployment of communications capabilities, including advanced telecommunications capability (as defined in section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (
)), regardless of the technology used for such deployment, including whether advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink 47 U.S.C. 1302
‘(3) assess whether laws, regulations, or regulatory practices (whether those of the Federal Government, States, political subdivisions of States, Indian tribes or tribal organizations (as such terms are defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (
)), or foreign governments) pose a barrier to competitive entry into the communications marketplace or to the competitive expansion of existing providers of communications services;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink 25 U.S.C. 450b
‘(4) describe the agenda of the Commission for the next 2-year period for addressing the challenges and opportunities in the communications marketplace that were identified through the assessments under paragraphs (1) through (3); andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(5) describe the actions that the Commission has taken in pursuit of the agenda described pursuant to paragraph (4) in the previous report submitted under this section.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(c) Extension- If the President designates a Commissioner as Chairman of the Commission during the last quarter of an even-numbered year, the portion of the report required by subsection (b)(4) may be published on the website of the Commission and submitted to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate as an addendum during the first quarter of the following odd-numbered year.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) ASSESSING COMPETITION- In assessing the state of competition under subsection (b)(1), the Commission shall consider all forms of competition, including the effect of intermodal competition, facilities-based competition, and competition from new and emergent communications services, including the provision of content and communications using the Internet.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) ASSESSING DEPLOYMENT- In assessing the state of deployment under subsection (b)(2), the Commission shall compile a list of geographical areas that are not served by any provider of advanced telecommunications capability.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(3) INTERNATIONAL COMPARISONS AND DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION- The Commission may use readily available data to draw appropriate comparisons between the United States communications marketplace and the international communications marketplace and to correlate its assessments with demographic information.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(4) CONSIDERING SMALL BUSINESSES- In assessing the state of competition under subsection (b)(1) and regulatory barriers under subsection (b)(3), the Commission shall consider market entry barriers for entrepreneurs and other small businesses in the communications marketplace in accordance with the national policy under section 257(b).’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. CONSOLIDATION OF REDUNDANT REPORTS; CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.
(f) Triennial Report Identifying and Eliminating Market Entry Barriers for Entrepreneurs and Other Small Businesses- Section 257 of the Communications Act of 1934 (
(A) in the last sentence, by striking ‘If the Commission’s determination is negative, it’ and inserting ‘If the Commission determines in its report under section 14 of the Communications Act of 1934 that advanced telecommunications capability is not being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion, the Commission’; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(h) State of Competitive Market Conditions With Respect to Commercial Mobile Radio Services- Section 332(c)(1)(C) of the Communications Act of 1934 (
(A) in section 9(i), by striking ‘In the Commission’s annual report, the Commission shall prepare an analysis of its progress in developing such systems and’ and inserting ‘The Commission’; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) by striking ‘Within 1 year after’ and all that follows through ‘on means of assuring’ and inserting ‘The Commission shall issue such regulations as are necessary to assure’; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. EFFECT ON AUTHORITY.
SEC. 5. OTHER REPORTS.
Nothing in this Act or the amendments made by this Act shall be construed to prohibit or otherwise prevent the Federal Communications Commission from producing any additional reports otherwise within the authority of the Commission.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
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