Key lawmaker wants to update wireless regulation

Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), as the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on communications, technology and the Internet, has great authority to create legislation affecting the wireless industry. And he plans on doing just that. In an interview with The Hill, Boucher said now is the time to modernize the regulatory environment for wireless services. "Those services are changing dramatically, and the regulatory regime needs to keep up," he said. "Also on the agenda is legislation that will establish consumer protections for wireless services at the national level." The lawmaker also held court on the FCC's national broadband plan, which is due next week, as well as the need for more wireless spectrum and Universal Service Fund reform. Article

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