Regulating the Regulator: FCC Reform
Taking advantage of the spotlight cast on in light of the Supreme Court’s decision on indecency standards, GOP Reps. Fred Upton (Mich.) and Greg Walden (Ore.) released a joint statement describing the importance of their bill to overhaul how the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) operates. The lawmakers said the ruling "highlights once again the need for the FCC to conduct its business through a more transparent and orderly process, allowing for better input and decision-making." The bill would slow the FCC’s ability to adopt new regulations by requiring the agency to demonstrate the necessity of new rules. It also restricts the types of conditions that could be imposed on corporate mergers and requires binding timelines for agency proceedings. Broadband for America Co-Chairman John Sununu testified on the committee’s reform legislation in 2011.The bill cleared the House earlier this year, but the Senate has no current plans to take up the legislation.
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