FCC in the House This Week

The Communications & Technology Subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee this week hosted all five FCC Commissioners in an oversight hearing. While a number of issues, including allegations of waste and abuse within the Universal Service Lifeline program and hotly contested agency proceedings, were in particular focus at the hearing, full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) focused his remarks on reform at the agency.  Calling the commission “broken,” Chairman Upton observed that “honest and vigorous policy debate, compromise, and collegiality are by all accounts absent.” He added, “The agency has sadly become tainted by partisan politics, and seemingly lost its independence.”  Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) also zeroed in on process reform, but in response to a question about its progress, Commissioner Michael O’Reilly lamented, “We’ve gotten absolutely nowhere.”

  • Find full video and written testimony of this hearing here.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: July 15, 2016

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