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Senate Bill S.2881 Clears Senate Committee  (March 25, 2010)

The Senate bill introduced by Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) titled "The FCC Commissioners' Technical Resource Enhancement Act" has cleared the Senate Committee on Science, Commerce and Transportation. Only one change was made to the bill to include provisions of Senate bill S.3042, a bill also introduced by Sen. Snowe.

S.3042 provides for a study by the National Academy of Sciences on the technical policy decisions and technical personnel at the Federal Communications Commission. The bill now moves back to the Senate.

The bill's basic purpose is to provide greater technical resources to FCC Commissioners. A companion resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives by Jerry McNerney (D-CA). McNerney's resolution, R.4809, was the result of the Society of Broadcast Engineers visiting offices of House members in March to generate support of the issue.

Barry Thomas, CPBE CBNT, chairman of the SBE Government Relations Committee, said, "This legislation advances one of the Society's most long-standing and important goals, and will help ensure that broadcasting technical regulation is based on sound technical reasoning."

SBE President Vinny Lopez, CEV, added, "We expect this bill to continue on its fast track through Congress. The SBE encourages all broadcasters -- not just SBE members -- to contact their Senators or Representatives and urge support for this important legislation."


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