I was very impressed to see Congress move forward on legislation to reauthorize the FCC entitled the RAY BAUM’S Act, which is named after the late Ray Baum who dedicated his life to public service in the telecommunications field.
Here at NTCA, we certainly applaud the bipartisan approval of legislation to reauthorize the FCC for the first time in 28 years. And it’s only fitting that this legislation would be named after Ray Baum – a man who devoted much of his life to public service and treated everyone with the utmost respect. He is sorely missed by all who knew him, but his legacy lives on through measures such as this and the many policies he helped to craft over his career. In addition to reforms aimed at addressing efficiency and transparency within the FCC and the inclusion of provisions from the Senate’s MOBILE NOW bill, the legislation also includes NTCA-supported provisions with respect to the administration of the FCC’s essential universal service programs. We are thankful for the hard work by members of the House and look forward to enactment of such legislation in the near future.
This compromise legislation would reauthorize the FCC for the first time in more than a quarter of a century as well as implement reforms for the FCC in addition to numerous other items that it will take address. Historic indeed in these times where finding a bipartisan path forward is something to be celebrated. Ray would be proud.