House panel tees up FCC again


U.S. CongressThe Subcommittee on Communications and Technology is convening Thursday 7/11/13 to take up the topic “Improving the FCC Process.” The hearing will basically put legislation which passed in the House but died in the Senate back on the table.

The aim, according to a release announcing the placement of the hearing on the schedule, is to “…improve transparency, efficiency, and accountability at the Federal Communications Commission.”

There were two bills passed by the Subcommittee, the full Energy and Commerce Committee, and the full House. It then went nowhere in the Senate, where it did not get so much as a committee hearing.

According to the release, draft versions of bills substantially the same as the previous bills, H.R. 3309, the FCC Process Reform Act, and H.R. 3310, the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act, will be put forward for review.

The session will kick off at 10:30 AM eastern. Witnesses have not yet been announced.

RBR-TVBR observation: There is absolutely no reason to think the result this time will be any different than it was last time.