House Panel Approves FCC Reform Bills

ApprovedThe Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee approved two bills aimed at improving FCC operations by “increasing transparency, predictability, and consistency,” according to a committee statement.  Among other reforms, Chairman Greg Walden’s (R-OR) FCC Process Reform Act (H.R. 3309) and Congressman Steve Scalise’s (R-LA) FCC Consolidated Reporting Act (H.R. 3310) would prescribe rules for publication of, performance measures for, and a “shot clock” to act on FCC orders, as well as simplify reporting requirements for the communications industry.  Democrats expressed concern that the Republican bills would hamper the FCC.  Full Committee Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-CA) stated, “We cannot support your FCC impairment bill, and you should not ram it through the Subcommittee in a partisan vote.“