• House Republicans Seek To Reform FCC Rulemaking
  • May 20, 2009 | Authors: Jennifer L. Richter; Jennifer A. Cetta; Dean M. Dilley
  • Law Firm: Patton Boggs LLP - Washington Office
  • House Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Joe Barton (R-TX) and House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee Ranking Member Cliff Stearns (R-FL) introduced legislation on Thursday intended to improve the commission's regulatory practices. The measure would permit public review of proposed rules before FCC adoption and would require the agency to provide sufficient time for comments. It also would ensure that commissioners are granted sufficient time to review proposals and would require the agency to notify Congress about delays involving the publication of its actions and reports.

    "As the pace of competition and technological change increases in our country's communications markets, sound decision-making at the FCC and faith in how it makes those decisions become all the more important," Barton said in a statement. "Not only are the issues far more complex, they affect far more Americans and American businesses than ever before."