House Panel to Review FCC Transparency Proposals

Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR), Chairman of the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee, has scheduled a hearing next Thursday on “FCC Reauthorization: Improving Commission Transparency.”  In addition to having another chance to publicly interact with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, as well as Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, members of the House panel will be reviewing three new proposals to change current practices at the agency.  Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) has prepared legislation that would require publication of items decided by FCC bureau staff in lieu of a vote by the Commissioners.  Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) plans to offer a bill that would require public disclosure of proceeding text the FCC Chairman circulates to the rest of the Commissioners in advance of a vote.  Finally, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) will suggest a bill mandating same-day publishing of newly adopted FCC rules.  Chairman Walden stated, “At our hearing next week, Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner O’Rielly’s testimony will help shine the spotlight on current commission practices as we take a look at three commonsense proposals to improve transparency at the FCC. At the end of the day, more transparency is always better.”

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: April 24, 2015

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