House Passes FCC Rule Visibility Changes


House-of-RepresentativesThe House has passed a bill requiring the FCC to post to its Website details of any rule changes within 24 hours after adoption.

When someone objects to an item, the change must be posted within 24-hours after commissioners submit their dissenting statements.

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), sponsored HR 2589.

House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chair Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said of the measure: “Improving the process at the FCC so that it operates in an effective and transparent manner holds the FCC accountable and targets their struggle to make its newly adopted rules available to the public in a timely fashion.”

RBR+TVBR observation: Non-controversial and short items make it through the “visibility” process fairly quickly. It’s when items are lengthy and/or controversial that a lag time kicks-in between a vote and when the final text is publicly available.