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Pai Statement on Congressional Hearing on FCC Process Reform

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Released: July 11, 2013

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July 11, 2013
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STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI

ON CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ADDRESSING FCC PROCESS REFORM

I am pleased that today the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on
Communications and Technology is examining ways to improve FCC processes. Process often
dictates outcomes. Unfortunately, this means that FCC rules and policies can impede investment
and innovation in the communications sector. Legislation reforming FCC processes is an
important way to address this problem, and I look forward to working with Members of
Congress on statutory solutions, including consolidating the many redundant reports that the
Commission must produce each year. In the meantime, there is much that we at the Commission
could do right now to improve and modernize our operations. For example, by creating more
internal deadlines, adopting sunset clauses, weighing costs and benefits, streamlining our review
of transactions, and enhancing transparency, the Commission could better serve the American
people. I hope that today's hearing portends progress in updating FCC processes to reflect the
realities of today's marketplace.

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