Tuesday, January 17, 2017

FCC Remake Reportedly in New Administration’s Plans

Big changes in how the FCC does its job could be on the horizon. The incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly okayed a proposal by the agency’s transition team to restructure the Commission’s bureaus, reports Broadcasting and Cable.

The changes would relax the “silos” that currently separate telephony, broadcasting, satellite and other industries and parcel out to other agencies duties that are duplicative, according to the account. The proposal is related to comments made by two transition team members — Jeffrey Eisenach and Roslyn Layton — in 2014, in their role as scholars of the conservative think tank the American Enterprise Institute, according to the account. They have both said that a “more coherent and streamlined” FCC would better serve the goals of consumers, competitors and Congress. Continue Reading

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