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Sens. John Thune, Brian Schatz Reintroduce Small Cell Deployment Act

Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, are reintroducing legislation to speed up infrastructure assessments for small cell network access ahead of the planned 5G rollout. Thune’s office said in a press release published Monday that the "Streamlining the Rapid Evolution And Modernization of Leading-edge Infrastructure Necessary to Enhance Small Cell Deployment Act" revises the Communications Act of 1934 to include emerging requirements and better address challenges faced by small municipalities with less than 50,000 residents.

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Sens. Edward Markey, John Thune Call for Action on Proposed Drone Identification Rule

Sens. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and John Thune, R-S.D., are urging the Federal Aviation Administration to publish a proposed rule on remote identification of drones to prevent the entry of unauthorized drones in critical areas. Markey and Thune sent a letter to the Department of Transportation calling for action on the rule that would permit authorities and the public to remotely track unmanned aircraft systems and their operators during flight, Markey’s office said in a statement released Monday.

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Former Senate Staff Suzanne Gillen Appointed NASA Associate Legislative Affairs Administrator

Suzanne Gillen, former professional staff at the U.S. Senate, has been named associate administrator of NASA's Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. She holds 14 years of experience in the Senate, having contributed to policy for NASA, civil space and aviation areas under Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who chairs the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, the space agency said Friday.

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Senate Committee to Hold Infrastructure Modernization Hearing

Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota), chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, has announced that secretaries of five U.S. federal departments will participate in a congressional hearing about infrastructure modernization efforts. Thune’s office said Monday leaders at the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Labor and Transportation are scheduled to testify …

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Senate Committee Approves Bill Seeking Cybersecurity Resources for SMEs

The Senate Commerce Committee has passed a bill that would provide resources for small and medium companies to address cyber threats, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Joseph Marks writes the committee approved the Making Available Information Now to Strengthen Trust and Resilience and Enhance Enterprise Technology Cybersecurity Act  through a voice vote Wednesday after Sen. Brian …

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Reports: Senate Panel OKs Airwaves Reallocation Bill

A Senate panel has cleared a bill that would require federal agencies to give up some of their airwaves for use in commercial wireless communications, Bloomberg BNA reported Friday. Lydia Beyoud writes the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Thursday voted to pass the proposed Mobile Now Act that Sens. …

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Michael Huerta: FAA Progresses on NextGen Airspace System

Michael Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, told the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Wednesday that FAA has worked to modernize the U.S’ air traffic control infrastructure, The Hill newspaper reported Tuesday. Huerta said in a written testimony prepared for the committee hearing that the agency has …

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