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Table of Contents - July 15, 2017

Trump Nominates FCC GC Carr to Fill Commission Vacancy

President Trump has nominated FCC General Counsel Brendan Carr to fill the last vacancy on the FCC.

Mr. Carr took over as the agency's general counsel when Ajit Pai became Chairman of the FCC in January. Before that, he was a legal adviser to Mr. Pai.

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Senate Committee Approves Voice Call Ban During Flights

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee has approved by voice vote Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization legislation (S 1405) that includes a provision requiring the Department of Transportation to issue regulations banning cellphone voice communications during scheduled flights, except by on-duty flight crew members, flight attendants, or federal law enforcement officers. The legislation also includes a provision that expresses support for an effort to analyze whether some spectrum used by the FAA could be freed up for commercial use.

As introduced last month, the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017 would have permitted DoT to ban in-flight voice communications but would not have required it. At a June 29 markup, however, the committee approved an amendment backed by Sens. Edward J. Markey (D., Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.), and Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) mandating such a ban.

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