House Advances Bipartisan FCC Process Reform Act

The House of Representatives approved HR 3675, the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act, by voice vote.

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.

“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.

[March 11]

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