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FCC Tries To Plug Leaks

FCC Tries To Plug Leaks

FCC commissioners, tired of reading in the press what they’re going to do before they do it, have clamped down on information leaks. The agency has passed an order that requires anyone that conducts business with the commission the commission, such as lobbyists, lawyers and consultants, who obtain nonpublic information to return it without disseminating it.
The rules have always prohibited unauthorized releases of private information by employees, but now, the rules spell out what happens to those who are “leaked” material.
Commissioner Michael Powell agreed with cohort Harold Furchtgott-Roth that leaks are part of the FCC culture and that must change. However Powell voted for the item while Furchtgott-Roth opposed it, saying the old rule was clear and the commission shouldn’t legislate a solution.
Leslie Stimson