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House Report Investigates FCC Problems Under Martin
Washington - Dec 9, 2008 - A majority staff report prepared for the House's Committee on Energy and Commerce titled Deception and Distrust: The Federal Communications Commission Under Chairman Kevin J. Martin was released to address accusations of misconduct by the commission chairman. A bipartisan investigation was begun because of allegations that Martin abused FCC procedures by manipulating or suppressing reports, data and information. The allegations were made by current and former FCC employees, telecommunication industry representatives and other commissioners.
The 100-page report outlines five points:
It was expected that the investigation would lead to a congressional hearing, but it appears that this report is the only action. Further, the report is a majority staff report, not a report of the entire House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Two specific allegations of interest to radio broadcasters include ignoring complaints of interference from and suppressing engineering reports about broadband over power lines, and micromanaging FCC staff and demoting or forcing retirement by FCC staff who do not agree with Chairman Martin. There is no mention of the recent approval of the unlicensed use of TV white spaces.
The entire report is available at this link.
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