COMMISSIONER AJIT PAIRe:
Report to Congress Regarding the Open-Market Reorganization for the Betterment of
International Telecommunications Act (ORBIT Act), IB Docket No. 13-13.
Section 646 of the Open-Market Reorganization for the Betterment of International
Telecommunications Act (ORBIT Act) requires the Commission to annually update Congress on the
agency's progress in implementing the Act, even though that statute's goal--the privatization of the
satellite companies INTELSAT and Inmarsat--has long since been achieved. This fourteenth report
exemplifies why I support efforts in Congress to pass the Federal Communications Commission
Consolidated Reporting Act (Consolidated Reporting Act). That legislation would modernize and
streamline the Commission's numerous disparate reporting obligations by, among other things, repealing
the ORBIT Act's obsolete reporting requirement. The Consolidated Reporting Act would enable the
Commission to make better use of its limited resources. It would more closely align the Commission's
responsibilities with today's marketplace. And it would give Congress and the public a one-stop shop for
(more) relevant and comprehensive data, facilitating better oversight and more informed policymaking.
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