Congress Passes Bill On FCC Rule Change Publication
May 25, 2016 at 4:07 AM (PT)
The FCC reform bill passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee last month has been passed by the full House. The bill, HR 2589, introduced by Rep. RENEE ELLMERS (R-NC) requires the FCC to publish rule changes on the same day as they are adopted and publish the changes to its website no later than 24 hours after their adoption.
It was one of three House Communications and Technology Subcommittee bills passed by the House on MONDAY (5/23), including KARI'S LAW, the bill requiring multi-line and PBX phones to allow 911 calls without the need to dial 9 for an outside line, and the Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act, regarding mobile network emergency service.
Subcommittee Chairman GREG WALDEN (R-OR) said, “This bill requires the FCC to publish text of the rules voted on within 24 hours of the filing of the last dissenting statements. Improving the process at the FCC so that it operates in an effective and transparent manner holds the FCC accountable and targets their struggle to make its newly adopted rules available to the public in a timely fashion.”