FCC Reform Bill Gains Momentum In House Of Representatives
December 10, 2013
House Republicans and Democrats reached an agreement on Monday on FCC reform legislation, which will be voted on tomorrow (12/11) by the full Energy and Commerce Committee. According to The Hill, Rep. Greg Warden (R-OR), who is Chairman of the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Communications and Technology and authored the bill, agreed to drop its most controversial provisions. Warden thereby won support from Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), the panel's top Democrat.
The new version of the bill does not restrict the FCC's ability to impose conditions on business mergers, nor would it force the Commission to run cost-benefit analysis for any proposed new rules. It would require the FCC to set timelines on completing its proceedings, and report to Congress on its progress. The FCC would also have to report its compliance with Freedom of Information Act requests.
"For the last three years this subcommittee has diligently worked to improve the transparency and predictability of FCC processes," Walden said in a statement. "I am pleased that we were able to achieve a bipartisan consensus on a path forward to give consumers and businesses with matters before the commission a more transparent and certain process."