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Table of Contents - August 1, 2015

Lawmakers Raise Questions on LPTV, Channel 37 Rules, Reserve Trigger as Incentive Auction Tops Hearing Topics

Members of the House communications and technology subcommittee questioned FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Ajit Pai on a range of issues at a July 28 hearing, with a particular focus on the Commission's upcoming incentive auction, including the potential effect of repacking on low-power TV stations and translators, technical rules for devices operating on channel 37, and the reserve spectrum trigger for the auction.

Commissioners are tentatively scheduled to consider several auction-related items at their Aug. 6 meeting.

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Senate Appropriations Panel Bans FCC Rate Regulation

The Senate Appropriations Committee July 23 approved a fiscal year 2016 bill that would ban the FCC from regulating rates under its net neutrality order.

The policy rider drew objections from Democrats, who tried unsuccessfully on a party-line vote to strip the provision and other riders from the bill. The committee voted 16-14 to approve the legislation.

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