House advances bipartisan FCC Process Reform Act


US CongressOn 3/11, The House of Representatives today approved H.R. 3675, the FCC Process Reform Act, by voice vote on 3/11. Authored by Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), this bipartisan legislation aims to increase transparency, predictability, and accountability to the commission.

“The communications sector is one of the most innovative, competitive, and robust sectors of our economy. But, for innovation and investment to continue in communications, we must not weigh industry down with needless red tape and delay,” said Chairman Walden. “Communications and technology companies, as well as consumers who enjoy their products and benefits deserve a transparent and responsive government agency. While agency process has improved under recent chairmen, this legislation will ensure that reforms remain in place from one administration to the next.”

“The communications industry represents a promising sector of our economy that has fostered widespread investment, innovation, job creation, and greater consumer choice,” added subcommittee Vice Chairman Bob Latta (R-OH). “As members of Congress, we have to ensure that businesses and entrepreneurs are equipped with the opportunity and flexibility to continue making that sustained progress. The FCC Process Reform Act should facilitate this effort.”

The FCC Process Reform Act now heads to the Senate where it will join the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act, which was approved by the full House in September by a vote of 415-0, in waiting for consideration. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) has introduced Senate companion legislation to both bills.

The Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act aims to increase transparency and predictability at the commission. The FCC recently weighed on in the debate when it released its Report on FCC Process, which similarly focuses on improving the commission’s operations.

There are a number of proposed reforms that are shared by both H.R. 3675 and the FCC’s report. Among them are: