House Communications to Mark Up FCC Reform Bills
The House Communications Subcommittee has scheduled a mark-up July 24 and 25 for two FCC reform bills. Opening statements will be July 24, followed by the mark-up July 25. Marking up a bill means amending and, usually, voting on reporting the bill out to the full committee (Energy & Commerce) for its vote.
In a hearing on the bills two weeks ago, witnesses were divided over the proposals, and the panel remained poles apart, politically. The bills, the FCC Process Reform Act and the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act, would put shot clocks on decisions, limit merger conditions, consolidate FCC reports and much more.
They will likely make it through the Republican-controlled subcommittee and full committee and even the House, but they are similar to bills that went nowhere in the Senate in the last Congress and are not expected to make it to law this time around either.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.