Friday, February 22, 2013

ARRL Board Sets 2013 Legislative Agenda

One of the major actions of the ARRL Board of Directors at its January meeting was to set priorities for seeking legislative action in the 113th Congress, which will serve through 2013 and 2014. Top of the list is an attempt to get a bill through Congress to require the FCC to extend its "reasonable accommodation" rule for amateur antennas and towers to include private land use agreements (CC&Rs) in addition to state and local laws.

Also high on the list, according to the ARRL Letter, is opposition to legislation that "would lead to the reallocation of amateur spectrum or to sharing arrangements that reduce the utility of existing allocations," and to bills that would diminish the rights of licensed stations in favor of unlicensed technologies. That goal appears to be getting an immediate test (see next item).