House Government Oversight Wants Undredacted FCC E-Mails

The chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee wants Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler to turn over unredacted copies of e-mail exchanges with John Podesta, counselor to the president; Jeffrey Zients, director of the National Economic Council; and Jason Furman, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, and he wants them by no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23.

That is according to a Feb. 20 letter to Wheeler from Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who heads the committee currently investigating the FCC's process in coming up with new, Title II-based network-neutrality rules, which were urged by the White House.

Chaffetz said two weeks ago that he was interested in hearing the FCC's side of the story, but also warned the agency to preserve a raft of documents in anticipation of a request for them from the committee.

In the Feb. 20 letter, he points to the release of "heavily redacted" versions of those e-mails via a Freedom of Information request and wants undredacted versions so the committee can review them.

Chaffetz said the e-mails are relevant to the investigation and covered by a document request he had already made.

John Eggerton

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.