Senator Dean Heller Welcomes Talks on Process Reform at FCC Open Meeting



(Washington, D.C.) – At its Open Commission meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continued much-needed conversation on reforming processes at the agency.  U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV), who has been working with his colleagues on legislation to address this issue, applauded the FCC’s focus on this important area.

“I appreciate Chairman Wheeler’s embrace of process reform at the Federal Communications Commission, and commend the Commission for pledging to take congressional perspectives on this issue into consideration,” Heller said following the meeting.

“It is clearly beyond time for the Senate Commerce Committee to engage, and assist the FCC in achieving their stated goals of increasing transparency, reducing unnecessary reports and providing faster service to all who come before the commission. I see no reason why the Senate Commerce Committee should not have a full and robust discussion that many, including FCC Chairman Wheeler, believe should be addressed. I have introduced legislation on process reform in the past and, after receiving additional input, will introduce a bill next week on this issue. Considering that these ideas have received bipartisan support in the U.S. House of Representatives, I look forward to additional action on this issue in the Senate Commerce Committee,” said Senator Dean Heller

In July, Heller introduced the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act along with Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR), Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA). The FCC Consolidated Reporting Act (S. 1379) combines eight annual reports into a single biennial Communications Marketplace Report, and repeals the annual Telegraph Report, which was signed into law in 1934.