House Leaders Call for Oversight Updates from FCC Chairman
U.S. Reps. Frank Pallone and Mike Doyle say House Energy and Commerce Committee is “reassuming its traditional role of oversight” of the FCC.
2/8/2019 12:15 PM
Energy and Commerce Chairman U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., D-N.J., and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., are requesting documents from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai relating to the FCC’s current workload, the work of its bureaus and offices, and the FCC’s interactions with the public through its handling of consumer complaints and Freedom of Information Act requests, according to a news release.
Pallone and Doyle issued a letter to Pai with the request Feb. 4.
“When you were nominated for the chairmanship almost two years ago, we shared some thoughts on how to achieve success at the FCC. While much has changed during that time, our advice to you remains the same—to be responsive to members of Congress on both sides of the aisle; to drive towards consensus on all major FCC actions; and to respect the invaluable expertise of the career staff, which gives the FCC the credibility it needs to carry out its regulatory mission. Unfortunately, this has not happened,” they write in the letter.
As part of their request, Pallone and Doyle wrote that the committee was reassuming its traditional role of oversight to ensure the agency is acting in the best interest of the public and consistent with its legislative authority.
The letter includes a request that Pai provide information updating the committee on FCC activities, including consumer complaints the FCC has received on various topics, including: robocalls/spoofing, privacy, open internet/internet service speed, wireless service coverage/availability, access for individuals with disabilities, billing, rural call completion, telemarketing and unwanted calls, according to the news release from the Energy and Commerce Committee. Similar requests were made to Pai’s predecessor.
Pallone and Doyle requested written responses to their questions by no later than March 4, 2019.
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