The Senate Commerce Committee will take action next year on bills related to drones and broadband capacity, according to a report released today by the panel.

The committee, led by Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), said it will consider a forthcoming bill known as the Mobile Now Act, which would open up more federally owned spectrum for use by the private sector. The committee had planned to mark up the legislation in November, but it was delayed to give the Obama administration and stakeholders more time to review the measure.

The committee also said it will develop a legislative proposal to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration that includes changes to the laws covering drones. Congress has until March 31 to reauthorize the FAA.

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