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Alaska lawmakers consider bill on TSA pat-downs

Source: Associated Press/Washington Post

JUNEAU, Alaska — Airport security around the state could be affected by proposals up for consideration before Alaska lawmakers.

The House Transportation Committee on Tuesday is scheduled to discuss HB270, a bill that would require signs warning of physical searches and electronic devices that use radiation outside Transportation Security Administration checkpoints in airports and anywhere else similar procedures are used. [more]

Russia, Nations Agree on Retaliation to EU Airline CO2 Trade

Source: Bloomberg

Russia is considering limits on European flights over Siberia as countries approve possible retaliatory measures against the European Union’s move to force airlines to pay for carbon emissions.

Officials from 29 nations signed a declaration in protest against the EU law, Russia’s Deputy Transportation Minister Valery Okulov said today in Moscow during a two-day meeting of the opponents. The countries agreed on steps they may choose to take to protest the EU measures that came into effect this year. [more]

US: State Bill increasing 911 surcharge approved by House committee

Source: Rapid City Journal

A proposal to hike the state 911 surcharge is one step closer to becoming law.

A broad coalition of law enforcement, telecommunications companies and legislative leaders say that fee should rise to upgrade 911 technology and ease the burden on local taxpayers.

Under SB 174, the surcharge paid on peoples’ monthly phone bills would rise from 75 cents to $1. An extra 25-cent surcharge would apply for six years to pay for the installation of next-generation technology.

The bill would also apply the surcharge to prepaid cell phone purchases and centralize the collection and distribution of that surcharge with the state Department of Revenue. [Full story]

US: T-Mobile, Consumer Groups Ask FCC to Block Verizon Spectrum Deal

Source: PCMag.com

T-Mobile and several consumer groups have asked the Federal Communications Commission to stop Verizon from purchasing $3.6 billion worth of spectrum from the nation’s top cable providers.

In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, T-Mobile said the deal poses “a clear threat to competition” and urged the commission not to “rubber-stamp these questionable transactions.”

Separately, nine public interest groups submitted their own filing in which they argued that the spectrum sale “would fundamentally alter the nature of the telecommunications world in a manner utterly contrary to that intended by the 1996 Telecommunications Act.” [more]

India: Dept. of Space wants Dept. of Telecommunications to reserve spectrum for satellite service

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Source: The Economic Times

NEW DELHI:  The Department of Space (DoS) wants the government to reserve part of spectrum in the 2.5 GHz frequency band [in the new National Telecom Policy currently being formulated], being used for wireless broadband, for providing satellite services. [Full story]

US: Noisier jets to be phased out

Source: The Aspen Times

ASPEN — Legislation signed into law last week not only authorized funding for operation of the Federal Aviation Administration but also enacted a provision to phase out older, noisy private jets — something airport officials in Aspen and elsewhere have long advocated.

The Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 prohibits, starting in 2016, the use of jets that were exempted from a law Congress passed more than 20 years ago. They are jets that weigh 75,000 pounds or less and do not comply with quieter Stage 3 noise levels. [more]

UAE: RAK Ruler issues law regulating Department of Civil Aviation

Source: Emirates News Agency

Ras al-Khaimah, Feb 15th, 2012 (WAM)–H. H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and ruler of Ras al-Khaimah has issued law No. 1 of year 2012, on regulating the Department of Civil Aviation in the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah.

According to the new law, the Department of Civil Aviation in RAK will be administratively independent corporate body with independent budget to ensure achievement of its purposes.

The Department will represent the emirate in the General Authority of Civil Aviation and other relevant competent Civil Aviation authorities.  [more]

India: Air India loses exclusive rights on bilateral traffic

Source: The Economic Times

NEW DELHI: The civil aviation ministry on Tuesday allowed all domestic carriers to use bilateral air traffic rights to fly to foreign countries, bringing cheer to private operators hurt by months of policy paralysis. Domestic private airlines had been demanding permission to fly overseas routes, which under the existing policy were first offered to Air India. [more]