HOME > NEWSROOM > ARTICLES > House Panel Again Pursues FCC Reform

House Panel Again Pursues FCC Reform

The Communications Subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee this week renewed its pursuit of improving FCC operations. A subcommittee statement worried that while “[t]he communications marketplace is one of this country’s most vibrant sectors…. Poor process at the FCC… can produce flawed decisions and chill that vibrancy, particularly in this economy.”

Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) seeks to advance again The FCC Process Reform Act and The FCC Consolidated Reporting Act, both of which were passed by the House last Congress, only to be halted in the Democrat-controlled Senate. These bills are intended to prescribe rules for publication of, performance measures for, and a “shot clock” to act on FCC orders, as well as simplify reporting requirements.

“The last thing that we want to do is stifle an industry that is continually growing and innovating. Yet that is exactly what could happen if the FCC is not held to certain standards of decision-making,” stated Chairman Walden during a hearing on these bills. “The industry deserves an efficient and effective regulator we can truly call ‘expert,’ just as the public deserves a transparent and accountable federal government. These reforms are a good place to start.”

Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA), top Democrat on the full Committee, led Democrats in opposing the bill.  “It still undermines the ability of the FCC to act quickly and efficiently by putting in statute a dozen new mandatory process requirements, with each one subjecting the FCC to new court challenges,” he argued. “And it still alters fundamentally the agency’s authority to impose conditions during its transaction review process, effectively eviscerating the public interest standard that has guided the FCC for nearly eighty years.”

  • Find full coverage of this week’s hearing here and here.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: July 12, 2013

Latest News

60,000 Shoebox Gifts Airlifted to Children Displaced by ISIS Militants in Northern Iraq

Samaritan’s Purse recently airlifted 60,000 Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to Northern Iraq, where displaced Iraqi kids have been stripped of their homes and most possessions.

Aaron Shust Partners with Radio Outlets for Holiday Promotions That Help People in Need

Dove-Award winning Aaron Shust is teaming with radio outlets across the country to help make Christmas a little more merry to those in need.

Christian Radio to Give Free College Tuition to Full Time Staff

Positive Alternative Radio (PAR) is providing its employees innovative new benefits that include access to higher education, time off for community service, and financial counseling.

CTVN Announces New Roku Channel

Cornerstone Network (CTVN) is now available on Roku TV and able to stream programming to viewers live and on demand.

Christmas Reflections in Washington

While end-of-year debates on government appropriations, military policy, tax provisions, judicial nominations, and other issues continue their rough road to resolution in this lame-duck session of Congress, Christmas is in the air in the nation’s capital.

FCC Rules Against Church on Closed Captioning

The FCC recently denied a church’s request for a waiver from closed captioning rules, shedding more light on the agency’s approach to determining what may truly be an “economically burdensome” situation.

Senator Promises a Bill Broader than ENDA

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) announced this week that he intends to introduce legislation next year that will roll the controversial Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) into a broader...

White Paper Issued on Video Policy

Key leaders in the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week released a white paper on video policy as they continue their path toward a review and revamp the Communications Act.

NRB15 Worship Service on Wednesday, February 25, 2015; Open to the Public

The NRB Convention in 2015 will be a Monday-to-Thursday event rather than a Saturday-to-Tuesday event as in years before, but convention participants will still have an opportunity to worship together during the Wednesday evening worship service on February 25, 2015.

NRB to Host Regional Networking Event for Christian Film Pros, Jan. 10

Christian film professionals in the Baltimore, DC, and Richmond region are invited to attend a networking event next month at the NRB headquarters in Manassas, VA.

More News