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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
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STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI
ON INTRODUCTION OF FCC COLLABORATION ACT OF 2013
I commend Representatives Anna Eshoo, John Shimkus, and Mike Doyle as well as
Senators Amy Klobuchar and Dean Heller on the introduction of the Federal Communications
Commission Collaboration Act of 2013 (“Act”). Whether it is Congress or state commissions,
companies or consumers, we at the FCC hear a common refrain: our processes need reform. In
particular, we have heard that—to quote the Act—“[n]umerous regulatory matters have been
pending before the Commission for years, and continued inaction on these issues has the
potential to hinder innovation and private investment in the domestic communications industry.”
We must be as nimble as the communications industry we oversee. The FCC
Collaboration Act would help us do that by allowing greater interaction among the
Commissioners. We could respond better and more quickly to everyone with business before the
FCC, from broadcasters in Illinois to technology companies in California. The Act also would
help us meet deadlines set by Congress and the shot clocks we set for ourselves. Finally, the
FCC Collaboration Act would facilitate a more fruitful dialogue about the potential costs and
benefits of Commission action.
This legislation is one of the many steps needed to put the FCC on the right procedural
track. Other good ideas can be found in the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act of 2012 and the
FCC Process Reform Act of 2012. I look forward to working with Congress as it considers ways
to improve the Commission’s internal procedures.