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It’s been a while since 1996, so Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the Communications Subcommittee, said Tuesday that it’s time to rewrite the Communications Act. The plan is to start generating hearings, white papers and the discussions necessary to start this process in 2015. This is a law that governs how communications infrastructure operates, and has its roots in railroad legislation from the 1800s. Since we’re moving beyond the dial-up modems of ’96 and into gigabit connections, an update makes sense. For those who want to follow the legislative action there’s a hashtag (#commsactupdate). Of course.

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  1. Sounds like a few people want to crank up the campaign contributions machine while looking busy. As if they really cared whether they improved communications policy. Oh, Lawdy! The laughter may bring me home to Jaysus!

  2. This is how NSA & Co. abusive actions will get constitutionally approved …. Vive la liberté!

  3. Watch them closely. I have a feeling they will tell us then need to tax internet use. Why not? they have taxed everything else in our lives.

    Just watch out.

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