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FCC Reform Passes House

Measure would consolidate reports agency must submit to Congress

The House has passed a bill to consolidate the number of reports the FCC must submit to Congress each year.

Proponents say the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act (H.R. 74) will help the commission be more efficient.

Authored by Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), and Ranking Member Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), the legislation aims to reduce the reporting workload and increase efficiency at the FCC. The legislation would consolidate a number of existing reports required by law into a single, comprehensive report on the state of the communications marketplace.

The bill, passed by the house with a 411 to 0 vote, reduces the FCC’s workload and “streamlines the reporting process that for years and years has been outdated,” said Scalise.

The House passed similar legislation in both the 112th and 113th sessions of Congress, however it didn’t pass the Senate, where this measure now goes.