H.R. 3310 (112th): Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2012

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of May 30, 2012 (Passed the House (Engrossed)).

Status & Summary | PDF | Source: GPO

I

112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 3310

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to consolidate the reporting obligations of the Federal Communications Commission in order to improve congressional oversight and reduce reporting burdens.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2012.

2.

Communications marketplace report

Title I of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 151 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

14.

Communications marketplace report

(a)

In general

In the last quarter of every even-numbered year, the Commission shall publish on its website and submit to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report on the state of the communications marketplace.

(b)

Contents

Each report required by subsection (a) shall—

(1)

assess the state of competition in the communications marketplace, including competition to deliver voice, video, audio, and data services among providers of telecommunications, providers of commercial mobile service (as defined in section 332), multichannel video programming distributors (as defined in section 602), broadcast stations, providers of satellite communications, Internet service providers, and other providers of communications services;

(2)

assess the state of deployment of communications capabilities, including advanced telecommunications capability (as defined in section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (47 U.S.C. 1302)), regardless of the technology used for such deployment, including whether advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion;

(3)

assess whether laws, regulations, or regulatory practices (whether those of the Federal Government, States, political subdivisions of States, Indian tribes or tribal organizations (as such terms are defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b)), or foreign governments) pose a barrier to competitive entry into the communications marketplace or to the competitive expansion of existing providers of communications services;

(4)

describe the agenda of the Commission for the next 2-year period for addressing the challenges and opportunities in the communications marketplace that were identified through the assessments under paragraphs (1) through (3); and

(5)

describe the actions that the Commission has taken in pursuit of the agenda described pursuant to paragraph (4) in the previous report submitted under this section.

(c)

Special requirements

(1)

Assessing competition

In assessing the state of competition under subsection (b)(1), the Commission shall consider all forms of competition, including the effect of intermodal competition, facilities-based competition, and competition from new and emergent communications services, including the provision of content and communications using the Internet.

(2)

Assessing deployment

In assessing the state of deployment under subsection (b)(2), the Commission shall compile a list of geographical areas that are not served by any provider of advanced telecommunications capability.

(3)

International comparisons and demographic information

The Commission may use readily available data to draw appropriate comparisons between the United States communications marketplace and the international communications marketplace and to correlate its assessments with demographic information.

(4)

Considering small businesses

In assessing the state of competition under subsection (b)(1) and regulatory barriers under subsection (b)(3), the Commission shall consider market entry barriers for entrepreneurs and other small businesses in the communications marketplace in accordance with the national policy under section 257(b).

.

3.

Consolidation of redundant reports; conforming amendments

(a)

ORBIT Act Report

Section 646 of the Communications Satellite Act of 1962 (47 U.S.C. 765e; 114 Stat. 57) is repealed.

(b)

Satellite Competition Report

Section 4 of Public Law 109–34 (47 U.S.C. 703) is repealed.

(c)

International Broadband Data Report

Section 103 of the Broadband Data Improvement Act (47 U.S.C. 1303) is amended—

(1)

by striking subsection (b); and

(2)

by redesignating subsections (c) through (e) as subsections (b) through (d), respectively.

(d)

Status of Competition in the Market for the Delivery of Video Programming Report

Section 628 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 548) is amended—

(1)

by striking subsection (g);

(2)

by redesignating subsection (j) as subsection (g); and

(3)

by transferring subsection (g) (as redesignated) so that it appears after subsection (f).

(e)

Report on Cable Industry Prices

(1)

In general

Section 623 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 543) is amended—

(A)

by striking subsection (k); and

(B)

by redesignating subsections (l) through (n) as subsections (k) through (m), respectively.

(2)

Conforming amendment

Section 613(a)(3) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 533(a)(3)) is amended by striking 623(l) and inserting 623(k).

(f)

Triennial Report Identifying and Eliminating Market Entry Barriers for Entrepreneurs and Other Small Businesses

Section 257 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 257) is amended by striking subsection (c).

(g)

Section 706 Report

Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (47 U.S.C. 1302) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (b)—

(A)

in the last sentence, by striking If the Commission's determination is negative, it and inserting If the Commission determines in its report under section 14 of the Communications Act of 1934 that advanced telecommunications capability is not being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion, the Commission; and

(B)

by striking the first and second sentences;

(2)

by striking subsection (c);

(3)

in subsection (d), by striking this subsection and inserting this section; and

(4)

by redesignating subsection (d) as subsection (c).

(h)

State of Competitive Market Conditions with respect to Commercial Mobile Radio Services

Section 332(c)(1)(C) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 332(c)(1)(C)) is amended by striking the first and second sentences.

(i)

Previously eliminated annual report

(1)

In general

Section 4 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 154) is amended—

(A)

by striking subsection (k); and

(B)

by redesignating subsections (l) through (o) as subsections (k) through (n), respectively.

(2)

Conforming amendments

The Communications Act of 1934 is amended—

(A)

in section 9(i), by striking In the Commission’s annual report, the Commission shall prepare an analysis of its progress in developing such systems and and inserting The Commission; and

(B)

in section 309(j)(8)(B), by striking the last sentence.

(j)

Additional outdated reports

The Communications Act of 1934 is further amended—

(1)

in section 4—

(A)

in subsection (b)(2)(B)(ii), by striking and shall furnish notice of such action and all that follows through subject of the waiver; and

(B)

in subsection (g), by striking paragraph (2);

(2)

in section 215—

(A)

by striking subsection (b); and

(B)

by redesignating subsection (c) as subsection (b);

(3)

in section 227(e), by striking paragraph (4);

(4)

in section 309(j)—

(A)

by striking paragraph (12); and

(B)

in paragraph (15)(C), by striking clause (iv);

(5)

in section 331(b), by striking the last sentence;

(6)

in section 336(e), by amending paragraph (4) to read as follows:

(4)

Report

The Commission shall annually advise the Congress on the amounts collected pursuant to the program required by this subsection.

;

(7)

in section 339(c), by striking paragraph (1);

(8)

in section 396—

(A)

by striking subsection (i);

(B)

in subsection (k)—

(i)

in paragraph (1), by striking subparagraph (F); and

(ii)

in paragraph (3)(B)(iii), by striking subclause (V);

(C)

in subsection (l)(1)(B), by striking shall be included and all that follows through The audit report; and

(D)

by striking subsection (m);

(9)

in section 398(b)(4), by striking the third sentence;

(10)

in section 624A(b)(1)—

(A)

by striking Report; regulations and inserting Regulations;

(B)

by striking Within 1 year after and all that follows through on means of assuring and inserting The Commission shall issue such regulations as are necessary to assure; and

(C)

by striking Within 180 days after and all that follows through to assure such compatibility.; and

(11)

in section 713, by striking subsection (a).

4.

Effect on authority

Nothing in this Act or the amendments made by this Act shall be construed to expand or contract the authority of the Federal Communications Commission.

Passed the House of Representatives May 30, 2012.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk.