WASHINGTON, DC – Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rescinded a number of orders that the FCC adopted at the end of Chairman Wheeler’s term.
“We commend Chairman Pai for yet another step toward much-needed reform at the FCC. For too long, the commission has used the ability to delegate authority to its bureaus as a way to bypass the hard work of coming to consensus on difficult issues,” said Walden and Blackburn. “Chairman Pai’s readiness to rescind those hastily issued bureau decisions is an encouraging turn for the better, and we’re confident that the new FCC will work quickly, efficiently, and transparently to resolve any questions that remain.”
Chairman Blackburn added, “I am particularly pleased to see the FCC moving forward to reverse the ownership reporting requirements for non-commercial and educational television. I believe that the burden posed by those regulations to non-profit, non-commercial stations will be appropriately considered by the full commission.”