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- Earlier this week, three draft bills were unveiled by members of the U.S. House subcommittee on communications and technology designed to improve the transparency of the FCC. Below are comments from the prime sponsors of the package. The subcommittee also announced a public hearing on the matter scheduled for April 30th and entitled “FCC Reauthorization: Improving Commission Transparency.”

“This common-sense legislation is crucial to ushering in much-needed transparency at the FCC. By requiring the FCC to publish approved rules on their website within 24 hours of passage, we are holding this commission of unelected bureaucrats accountable for the policies they advance. The bottom line is that the public has a right to know what policies the FCC is enacting. Today’s legislation puts an end to the agency’s standard excuses and delays when it comes to openly publishing their policies and instead strengthens accountability at the FCC.”

Representative Renee Elmers (R-NC)

“We’ve got a trifecta for transparency. These bills are excellent next steps for our Communications Act update as we continue work to reform the FCC. At our hearing next week, Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner O’Rielly’s testimony will help shine the spotlight on current commission practices as we take a look at three commonsense proposals to improve transparency at the FCC. At the end of the day, more transparency is always better.”

Representative Greg Walden (R-OR).

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai applauded the bill introductions, admitting that “The American people are too often left in the dark when it comes to agency decision-making.”



The above is a quote from the April 24, 2015, issue of the PTA Friday Report. To view the full issue, please log into the Active Members Only Section of this site (telcos only) or contact sue.carter@patel.org to be added to the distribution list (members only)


 

 


2015 Meetings
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APRIL 29 & 30
PTA SPRING CONFERENCE
State College, Pa


JUNE 4
PTA Small Company Meeting
State College, Pa


JULY 13-15
PTA's 113th ANNUAL CONVENTION
Hershey, Pa


SEPTEMBER 3
PTA Small Company Meeting
State College, Pa


FALL 2015
PTA/NYSTA Showcase
New York - Time and Location TBA

NOVEMBER 19
PTA Small Company Meeting
State College, Pa

 

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