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H.R. 4986 (115th): RAY BAUM’S Act of 2018

About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 4986 reauthorizes the Federal Communications Commission for the first time in 28 years and establishes a number of reforms aimed at improving agency efficiency and transparency. The bill authorizes funding for broadcasters impacted by the Commission’s broadcaster repacking process and includes a section entitled “Making Opportunities for Broadband Investment and Limiting Excessive and Needless Obstacles to Wireless Act”, or the “MOBILE NOW” Act. The bill authorizes $333 million for FY 18 and $339 million for FY 19. Specifically, the bill includes the following provisions:

  • Natural Disaster Response – FCC is required to report on the public safety benefits, technical feasibility, and cost of making WiFi access points and other unlicensed spectrum technologies available to the public in times of emergency.
  • Consolidates redundant FCC reports and provides conforming amendments to …

Sponsor and status

Marsha Blackburn

Sponsor. Representative for Tennessee's 7th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 7, 2018
Length: 92 pages
Feb 8, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted.

This bill was incorporated into:

H.R. 1625: H.R. 1625: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President on Mar 23, 2018. (compare text)

1 Cosponsor (1 Republican)



Feb 8, 2018

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Feb 14, 2018
Ordered Reported

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Mar 6, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)

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Mar 6, 2018
Reported by House Committee on Energy and Commerce

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H.R. 4986 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4986. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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