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Bill Would Boost FCC Tech Expertise

Warner, Snowe renew an ongoing effort

Two U.S. senators, one from each party, have renewed a push to increase technical know-how at the Federal Communications Commission.

According to Broadcasting & Cable magazine, Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) this week introduced a bill to allow commissioners to appoint technical advisers and require the National Academy of Sciences to study the FCC’s technical policy and policymaking decisions and the personnel that inform those decisions.

“At a time when citizens are demanding more effective and efficient government, this legislation will ensure the FCC is sufficiently equipped, both legally and technically, to craft sound policy,” B&C quoted Snowe.

The FCC Technical Expertise Capacity Heightening (FCC TECH) Act would allow commissioners to appoint an electrical engineer or computer specialist to consult on technical issues.

The senators described “glaring technical deficiencies at the FCC.”

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