Senate Commerce Eyes April 27 Markup of FCC Reauthorization, DIGIT Act

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By Lydia Beyoud

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee is planning an April 27 markup that tentatively includes action on the FCC Reauthorization Act (S. 2644) and the Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things Act (DIGIT) Act (S. 2607), according to committee information obtained by Bloomberg BNA on April 9.

Negotiations between Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) and ranking member Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) over the text of the reauthorization bill are ongoing, according to the committee information.

Thune plans to file a substitute amendment to the bill to form the base text to be considered later this month, according to the information. That substitute currently is likely to include a bill to make it easier to dial 9-1-1 for emergencies (S. 2553), known as Kari’s Law.

Several other bills filed as amendments at a March 16 markup session could be included “in some form or another” at the April markup, according to the committee information. Those include the FCC Process Reform Act (S. 421), a modified Small Business Broadband Deployment Act (S. 2283) and the Spoofing Prevention Act (S. 2558).