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S. 96 (115th): Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017

About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

From the summary for the companion bill H.R. 460: H.R. 460 requires third-party intermediate providers who offer the capability of transmitting covered voice communication to register with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Third-party intermediate providers work by carrying long distance phone calls in rural areas between providers such as Verizon, AT&T;, and Sprint. The bill also requires the FCC to issue rules establishing service quality standards for those providers, in an attempt to increase phone service reliability in rural areas.

Sponsor and status

Amy Klobuchar

Sponsor. Senator for Minnesota. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 13, 2018
Length: 3 pages
Jan 11, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Feb 26, 2018

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on February 26, 2018.

Pub.L. 115-129

8 Cosponsors (4 Republicans, 3 Democrats, 1 Independent)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Senate Passes Three Thune-Sponsored Technology and Telecommunications Bills
    — Sen. John Thune [R-SD] (Co-sponsor) on Aug 3, 2017

McCaskill Demands Answers on Online Group Trading Suggestive Photos of Female Servicemembers, Spouses
    — Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO, 2007-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Oct 26, 2018

Cramer: house aids consumers with passage of telecommunications bills
    — Sen. Kevin Cramer [R-ND] on Feb 9, 2018

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates S. 96 will add $4 million in new spending through 2022.

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

H.R. 460: Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017

Passed House (Senate next) on Jan 23, 2017. 100% incorporated. (compare text)


Jan 11, 2017

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Jan 24, 2017
Ordered Reported

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Mar 21, 2017
Reported by Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

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Aug 3, 2017
Passed Senate (House next)

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Feb 9, 2018
Passed House

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Feb 26, 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 96 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 96. 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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