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House Passes First Measure to Overhaul FCC Powers

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Nov 17, 2011, 1:23 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

The House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee on Wednesday approved the FCC Process Reform Act, which aims to curtail the Federal Communication Commission's ability to create new industry regulations. The bill, backed by republicans, will make it more process-intensive for the FCC to enact new legislation of its own. For example, if the bill is passed in its current form, the FCC will have to gather public opinion about issues before starting rule-making procedures; clearly show where harm to consumers might occur; and detail how any new regulations would be cost-effective to enact. "Consistency and transparency from the FCC will not only produce better decisions, they will help create confidence and certainty that will promote increased investment, innovation, and jobs," said Michigan Republican Fred Upton in a statement. "Expecting transparency and accountability from Congress and from federal agencies should be a nonpartisan issue." The draft bill was passed in a vote of 14-9, with democrats dissenting. Some group and corporations believe that the FCC has over-stepped its mandate in recent years, citing the FCC's proposed net neutrality regulations as a prime example.

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As long as... mycool Nov 17, 2011, 1:42 PM
This will probably be dead on arrival mycool Nov 17, 2011, 1:44 PM
Republicans are backing this legislation MakaiOokami Nov 17, 2011, 8:17 PM
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