Panel Approves FCC Reform Bill


U.S. CongressH.R. 2583, the FCC Process Reform Act, is on its way to the full House of Representatives. The measure is primarily the work of Greg Walden (R-OR) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).

“We have long worked to improve accountability and transparency in government – and a little more sunshine at the FCC is a good thing,” said full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). “No matter the administration or party, a commission operating in full view of the American public is always preferable to operating behind closed doors under a shroud of secrecy. We can always do better when it comes to transparency and today’s vote is a positive step in the right direction.”

Added Walden. “I want our federal government to be more open, more transparent, and more accessible to the public. And I won’t stop until we get this done.”

Communications Subcommittee Ranking Member Anna Eshoo (D-CA) wasn’t on the same page. She predicted the bill would ultimately fail. “What I cannot support are attempts to stack this bill with partisan amendments that have the effect of tying the FCC in knots. Proposed under the guise of improved agency transparency and accountability, what these bills actually do is prevent the FCC from being fast, efficient and transparent.”

NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton indicated the Association’s support for the measure. He said, “NAB applauds the House Energy & Commerce Committee for its efforts to advance FCC process reform bills at this morning’s markup. Creating a more efficient and transparent FCC is vitally important to helping radio and television broadcasters fulfill their mission of serving local communities. We look forward to working with all Members of the Committee to modernize the FCC and ensure it can perform its duties in an expeditious, fair and data-driven manner.”