FCC Process Reform Bill Introduced in Senate

Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) is taking another shot at reforming process at the FCC.  This week he introduced legislation intended to improve transparency and accountability at the agency, including requiring the publication of an exact rule before a vote on it.  Also notable, this FCC Process Reform Act would permit any FCC Commissioner to request a vote on orders issued by the FCC’s bureaus.  Senator Heller stated, “As the influence of the FCC continues to grow with innovation, it is imperative its actions not be clouded in opaqueness or secrecy… I believe consumers deserve more transparency in the FCC rulemaking process.”  In welcoming the legislation, House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) similarly noted, “Unfortunately, many of the issues that triggered our initial review have become more apparent in recent months. The FCC should be an open, transparent, and predictable agency - no matter who is in charge.”

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: February 13, 2015

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