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PublicInterestLetterHR3309

PublicInterestLetterHR3309

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The undersigned groups are united in our opposition to the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform
Act (H.R. 3309) and the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act (H.R. 3310). These bills would severely hinder the
FCC’s ability to carry out its congressional mandate to promote competition, innovation and the availability of
communications services.
The undersigned groups are united in our opposition to the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform
Act (H.R. 3309) and the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act (H.R. 3310). These bills would severely hinder the
FCC’s ability to carry out its congressional mandate to promote competition, innovation and the availability of
communications services.

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February 9, 2012The Honorable Fred UptonChairmanCommittee on Energy and Commerce2125 Rayburn House Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20515The Honorable Henry WaxmanRanking MemberCommittee on Energy and Commerce2322A Rayburn House Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20515Dear Chairman Upton and Ranking Member Waxman:The undersigned groups are united in our opposition to the Federal Communications Commission Process ReformAct (H.R. 3309) and the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act (H.R. 3310). These bills would severely hinder theFCC’s ability to carry out its congressional mandate to promote competition, innovation and the availability of communications services. We urge the Committee to cancel its proposed markup of these two bills as currentlydrafted, and consider more suitable reforms to the FCC that focus on protecting consumers and limiting the undueinfluence of corporate lobbyists.The Process Reform Act would wrap the FCC in red tape and give industry lobbyists and lawyers new ways todrown out the voices of everyday people. The bill would create insurmountable hurdles to the FCC’s rulemakingprocess and prevent the agency from protecting consumers. Corporations seeking to avoid oversight would havenew grounds to sue the FCC just because they disagree with the agency’s reasoning. The legislation would alsoprevent the Commission from making predictive judgments based on good evidence to prevent probableconsumer harm. This means the agency would have to wait for consumers to get hurt in the marketplace beforebeing able to promulgate rules. This is akin to waiting until
after 
the BP oil spill to adopt safety standards in off-shore drilling.The Consolidated Reporting Act would eliminate reporting requirements the FCC currently has in place to assesseverything from how cable prices affect consumers to how broadcasters meet the public interest obligations thatcome with their use of public airwaves. It would also gut the Broadband Data Improvement Act, a 2008 law thatpassed with overwhelming bipartisan support and requires the FCC to conduct detailed comparisons between theU.S. and other broadband markets across the globe.The public is rightly concerned about the concentration and influence of corporate power in Washington, but thebills before the Committee would enshrine into law corporate capture at the FCC. We fear they would stop theFCC from promoting economic development and protecting consumers in the face of self-interested industryopposition. We urge the Committee to reconsider H.R. 3309 and H.R. 3310 as currently drafted and instead adoptmore sensible reforms.Sincerely,Access HumboldtAkaku: Maui Community TelevisionAlliance for Communications DemocracyAlliance for Community MediaAppalshopBoston Neighborhood Network 

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