House Commerce Committee Approves FCC Consolidated Reporting Act
August 1, 2013 at 4:44 AM (PT)
The House Energy and Commerce Committee has approved the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act, sending the bill to the full House for a vote. The committee marked up the bill, sponsored by Reps. GREG WALDEN (R-OR), STEVE SCALISE (R-LA), and ANNA ESHOO (D-CA), on WEDNESDAY (7/31).
The bill would streamline reporting of FCC action to Congress, combining what are now eight separate reports into a single biennial Communications Marketplace Report. The bill as marked up included an amendment to allow for extra time for the report in the event a new Chairman takes office just before the deadline, a nod to TOM WHEELER, who awaits confirmation for Chairman.
Commissioner AJIT PAI said, "I commend the House Energy and Commerce Committee for passing the Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act and applaud Subcommittee Chairman WALDEN, Ranking Member ESHOO and Representative SCALISE for their leadership in sponsoring this common-sense piece of legislation. The FCC’s reporting requirements are numerous, burdensome, and sometimes obsolete. Replacing these disparate obligations with a single biennial Communications Marketplace Report will make better use of limited Commission resources. It will also provide Congress and the public with a comprehensive and far more useful set of data that better reflects the realities of today’s converged marketplace. I hope that this bipartisan legislation will soon be signed into law."