I. Legislative Branch Activity
A. Senate Committee Passes Three Telecom Bills.
On July 19, the Senate Commerce Committee approved three telecommunications bills: a broadband data bill (S-1492), a number porting measure (S-1769), and an indecency bill (S-1780). The broadband data bill, as passed by the Committee, directs the Commission to use Form 477 data to determine broadband service tiers, creating a separate tier for advanced services. The requirements for Form 477 would be altered to identify actual numbers of broadband connections associated with subscribers. In addition, the FCC would be allowed to choose whether to utilize 5-digit or 9-digit zip codes, or census tract information.