Public to Get More Advance Notice of FCC Voting Topics

The idea is to make the agency’s processes more visible.
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The FCC will begin posting topics to be voted on at its monthly open meeting three weeks in advance.

Chairman Kevin Martin made the announcement. The idea is to make the agency’s processes more visible.

We previously reported that the chairman had planned to take this step and was discussing it with his colleagues. Unknown until now was what form the notice would take.

Other commissioners and industry observers had complained of a murky voting process, and a congressional committee began a review of the FCC’s processes.

Under the Communications Act the commission is required to meet at least monthly. Up until now, the agency has been issuing a notice of its agenda one week before a monthly meeting. The FCC said it would still issue that notice and now also list items slated for a vote on its Web site.

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