Issues involving telecommunications come before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Technology and the House Committee on Energy & Commerce. Telecommunications is a vital part of the country’s infrastructure that is essential for contemporary business operations, and impacts every aspect of the U.S. economy. For purposes of committee jurisdiction, telecommunications includes telephones, cell phones, the Internet, commercial and noncommercial television, cable, satellite broadcast, satellite communications, wired and wireless broadband, radio, associated consumer electronic equipment, and public safety communications.
JFA has worked on telecommunications issues since landlines were the only option for reliable phone service, when three large TV networks dominated the airwaves, and when the Internet was only a futuristic dream. JFA’s efforts have encompassed every major innovation that has led to the revolutionized and ever evolving communications system that exists today.
Telecommunications issues are assigned to the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology & the Internet, chaired by Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas (Alaska Senator Mark Begich is a member), and to the House Subcommittee on Communications & Technology, chaired by Representative Greg Walden of Oregon.