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Walden, Stearns Request Update on FCC’s Backlog

Legislators want updated on what’s happened since July with regard to petitions, complaints and license applications.
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WASHINGTON: Two House lawmakers continue to push the Federal Communications Commission on its backlog. House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) are requesting an update from FCC chief, Julius Genachowski.

The House Commerce Committee last month released a report on the FCC’s workload that outlined several pending at items based on July data obtained from the commission. The legislators now want updated on what’s happened since July with regard to petitions, complaints and license applications.

“There is growing consensus that the FCC processes needs to be reformed,” Stearns and Walden wrote. “Under both Democratic and Republican chairmen, the FCC has fallen into practices that weaken decision-making and jeopardize public confidence. The data reported to the Committee on Energy and Commerce in July 2011 demonstrated that there have been substantial improvements in the handling of the commission’s workload since Chairman Genachowski joined the commission.

“Nevertheless, the commission still faces significant challenges in its work, including a significant backlog of unanswered petitions and unheard consumer complaints. For example, the commission had 5,328 petitions, more than a million consumer complaints, and 4,185 license applications that had been sitting for more than two years as of July 2011. This letter seeks updated data regarding the FCC’s current workflow.”