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House Communications Subcommittee Approves FCC Reform Bills

Reported favorably to full committee by voice vote 7/25/2013 10:43:01 AM Eastern

The Republican-led House Communications Subcommittee voted
out two
FCC process reform bills
Thursday, reporting them favorably for mark-up in
the full committee.

But Democrats still had issues with the FCC Process Reform
Act and signaled there would need to be compromises in full-committee markup.

There was less disagreement on the FCC Consolidated Reporting
Act, which would combine a number of FCC reports.

"I support the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act of 2013
which recognizes that there are opportunities to streamline many of the
outdated reporting requirements Congress has placed on the FCC," ranking
committee member Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) said in a statement following the vote.
"At a time in which agency resources are limited, we should ensure the FCC
is maximizing its staff time."

And while she praised revisions to that bill that suggested
to her a willingness by the majority to find common ground, she said it was no
surprise should could not support provisions in the bill she says "guts
the FCC's ability to protect the public interest in media and telecom
mergers."

The bill would, among other things, limit the conditions the
FCC can impose on media mergers.

Similar
bills also passed out of committee last session
and were approved by the
full House before failing to gain traction in the Democratically controlled
Senate.

 

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