White House Meddling in Open Internet Rulemaking Latest Sign of Broken Process
WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders yesterday launched an investigation into the deliberative process of the Federal Communications Commission. In a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA), request documents and information related to the commission’s decision-making processes.
“There is no substitute for sound process. Whether in the halls of Congress or the walls of federal bureaucracy the public is best served when processes are fair, open, and transparent,” said the leaders. “Unfortunately, there are far too many instances where good process has been cast aside at the FCC and American consumers and job creators suffer as a result. This investigation is another step forward in raising the curtain at the FCC as we work to ensure an open and transparent government working on behalf of all Americans. Although communications laws may be complicated, the public can easily recognize when the process is broken.”
In making this request, the leaders laid out a number of process failures documented over recent months including delayed information-sharing with commissioners and the use of delegated authority on commission-level decisions.
The letter asks that the commission reply with information and documents by February 27, 2015.
Click HERE to read the letter.