FCC Reform

Congress is investigating Federal Communications Commission regulatory procedures to determine if they are being conducted in a fair, open, efficient, and transparent manner. Follow the debate here.

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Thune Not Rushing Into FCC Reauthorization

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States

One priority for Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) is reauthorizing the Federal Communications Commission, which hasn’t happened since 1990.

FCC Announces Initial Launch of the National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

By this Public Notice, the Federal Communications Commission announces the states that will be part of the initial launch of the National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier (National Verifier).

Net Neutrality Advocates Fear Implications of FCC Reauthorization

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

A Republican effort to reauthorize the Federal Communications Commission for the first time in 27 years has network neutrality advocates nervous as they worry that stronger congressional control over the agency would hamper its oversight of internet providers.

How Commissioner Carr Can Modernize The FCC

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Commissioner Carr of the Federal Communications Commission should lead the drive to bring the FCC into the 21st century by adopting necessary and recognized reforms.

Senate Passes Six Technology and Telecommunications Bills

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States

On August 3, the passed the following technology and telecommunications bills ...

Markup on FCC, NTIA Nominations and Bills

Aug 2 2017 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location:
Hart Senate Bldg, Constitution Avenue and 2nd Street, NE Room 216, Washington, 20510, United States

The Senate Commerce Committee will hold an executive session on Wednesday, August 2 at 10:00 a.m. in Hart 216 to consider legislative measures and nominations.

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Net Neutrality Headlines FCC Oversight and Reauthorization Hearing

Location:
House Commerce Committee, 45 Independence Ave SW 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States

The House Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee held a hearing on July 25, 2017. Lawmakers came to talk Federal Communications Commission oversight; they came to talk FCC oversight; but as with most telecommunications policy discussions these days, network neutrality grabbed the headlines.

Bill Reining In Chevron Deference Introduced

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

In what is being billed as a bicameral effort, a group of Republican Sens and Reps—including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), have introduced a bill, the Separation of Powers Restoration Act, that takes aim at the Chevron deference accorded federal agency expertise.

Oversight and Reauthorization of the Federal Communications Commission

Jul 25 2017 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location:
House Commerce Committee, 45 Independence Ave SW 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States

A hearing with FCC Commissioners to continue rigorous oversight of the agency and discuss the agency’s efforts to facilitate broadband deployment and streamline regulations to reflect the realities of the internet age.

Hill Democrats Question FCC’s Cybersecurity Protocols

Location:
Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St., NW, Washington, DC, 20548, United States

Congressional Democrats are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to review its cybersecurity protocols following a May cyberattack that knocked the agency’s commenting system offline, and ahead of online activism in support of net neutrality.

House Appropriators Move on Trump’s FCC Budget Cut Request

Location:
House Committee on Appropriations, 45 Independence Ave SW 2359 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States

The House Appropriations Committee June 28 released a draft measure that would cut the Federal Communications Commission’s budget to the level sought by the White House.

FCC’s Pai, Clyburn Butt Heads Over Cost Cutting at Senate Budget Hearing

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Federal Communications Chairman Ajit Pai told members of the Senate that the Commission is moving ahead with cost-cutting initiatives that are already on track to save $1.1 million annually. But while Chairman Pai touted efforts to slash costs, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said the FCC is operating with a skeleton crew of employees, noting staffing levels are at their lowest point in 30 years.

Ajit Pai: How the US can win the digital future

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

In order for us to expand prosperity and extend economic opportunity to more Americans, we must remain on the cutting edge. This means that government at all levels must focus on removing barriers to innovation and ensuring that technological advances aren’t strangled by bureaucratic red tape.

FCC Chairman Pai Defends FCC Budget Cut

Location:
Senate Committee on Appropriations, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Dirksen Senate Office Building 138, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said the commission can do more with less—102 fewer full-time employees, for example—and his budget reflected that philosophy while still being able to serve the FCC's core mission of protecting the public interest and closing the digital divide.

Regulatory ‘Reform’ That Is Anything But

Location:
Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, United States

After decades of failed efforts to enact “regulatory reform” bills, Congress appears to be within a few votes of approving reform legislation that would strip Americans of important legal protections, induce regulatory sclerosis and subject agencies that enforce the nation’s laws and regulations to potentially endless litigation. This is not reform.

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for June Open Meeting

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the following items are tentatively on the agenda for the June Open Commission Meeting scheduled for ...

Creating an economics-sensitive zone at the FCC

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
1

One less-publicized initiative of new Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai may have profound impact on the agency’s policymaking agenda. Chairman Pai announced that he would be creating an Office of Economics and Data (OED) at the FCC. This office will combine economists and other commission staff to provide better input on rulemaking proceedings and transaction reviews, along with enhanced support for data management and research activities.

FCC's Ajit Pai too focused on deregulation

Location:
Penn State University, State College, PA, 16801, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Pai exudes charm even as he operates an aggressive deregulatory weed wacker that favors arcane administrative safeguards for phone companies over other matters, such as the long past due reduction in extortionate calling rates paid by prison inmates.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai At The American Enterprise Institute: The First 100 Days: Bringing The Benefits Of The Digital Age To All Americans

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
4

.I thought it would be helpful this morning to highlight some of the actions we’ve taken and explain how they fit into a broader strategic vision. That vision includes five important goals: closing the digital divide, modernizing our rules, promoting innovation, protecting consumers and public safety, and improving the agency’s operations.

Five Rule Changes the FCC Should Consider

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Communications attorney Jack Goodman says now that the Federal Communications Commission is focused on deregulation, his wish list includes changes to ownership reports, must carry/retransmission consent elections, children’s programming reports, ancillary services reports and the local public notice rule.

Chairman Pai Addresses National Association of Broadcasters

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The biggest reason I’m bullish about [broadcasting] is that broadcasting’s strengths—its values—are timeless. I’m talking about localism, diversity, and public service. I’ll work aggressively to modernize the Federal Communications Commission’s rules, cut unnecessary red tape, and give broadcasters more flexibility to serve their audiences.

Remarks of FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly 2017 NAB Show Panel "FCC: You're Fired?"

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Pai brings with him a love of broadcasting, a love of small businesses, a love of Kansas, and so much more. His selection may prove the catalyst for the regulatory golden age of our nation’s broadcasters.

Essential Principles for Contemporary Media and Communications Policymaking

Location:
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, 13 Norham Gardens Department of Politics and International Relations University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recommendation:
3

This report proposes principles to guide contemporary media and communications policymaking in democratic countries seeking to improve the contributions those operations and systems make to society.

Podcast: New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has policy views that trace back to Kansas

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

An interview with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai.

Make Economics at the FCC Great Again

Location:
New York University School of Law, 161 6th Avenue Brennan Center for Justice, New York, NY, 10013, United States
Recommendation:
3

In the years ahead, the Federal Communications Commission will likely have to employ more rigorous analysis to meet its statutory mandate to act in the public interest. At the very least, it will have to evaluate whether its regulations do more good than harm. To this end, an Office of Economics and Data is welcome.

Will Chairman Pai resurrect economics at the Federal Communications Commission?

Location:
aei, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai recently announced that he is forming the Office of Economics and Data (OED) at the FCC. This is a good first step. But what we need is a change that makes it nearly impossible for the agency to return to the situation of the past few years, where letters from senators and videos from the White House were the primary sources of economic analysis.

Will Chairman Pai resurrect economics at the Federal Communications Commission?

Location:
aei, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai recently announced that he is forming the Office of Economics and Data (OED) at the FCC. This is a good first step. But what we need is a change that makes it nearly impossible for the agency to return to the situation of the past few years, where letters from senators and videos from the White House were the primary sources of economic analysis.

Remarks Of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai At The Hudson Institute, The Importance Of Economic Analysis At The FCC

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
4

I’m here to discuss the role of economics at the Federal Communications Commission.

Improved Staff Openness & New Priorities

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

One of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s most welcomed, yet least noted, process reforms has been his unequivocal direction that staff should be completely up front with all Commissioners, not just the Chairman.

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Why Radical Deregulation Is Happening So Fast At The FCC

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

President Donald Trump has moved quickly to use Executive Orders and other plenary powers to deliver on some of his major campaign promises on issues such as immigration, the Dakota Access pipeline and appointment of a conservative Supreme Court Justice. For the most part, however, his promised deregulatory assault on what his chief strategist Steven Bannon calls the “Administrative State” has not advanced as quickly. Hundreds of top-level positions at Executive Branch agencies remain vacant, and the process of rescinding regulatory policies can be cumbersome and time consuming. There is at least one important exception - media and telecommunications regulation at the Federal Communications Commission. Within weeks after taking office, newly-designated FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has moved aggressively and with unprecedented speed to overturn many recent FCC decisions and changed some longstanding policies. While some of these actions are more symbolic in nature, others have had immediate and significant impact. Many more such actions are likely to be unveiled in the weeks, not to mention months, to come.

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