Congressional Republicans have had enough of the Federal Communications Commission (FFC) acting in an arbitrary and less-than-transparent manner, so they're pushing efforts to rein the agency in.
Keep in mind that one of the four sitting commission members is Mignon Clyburn, a South Carolina native whose father is Congressman Jim "JC Hammer" Clyburn.
In addition to preventing last-minute "data dumps" of FCC data before controversial votes, legislation pushed by House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) would rein in other practices by the agency, forcing it to be adopt more business-friendly practices:
Under the reform proposal, the agency would face a new burden-of-proof requirement in order to enact any “economically significant” rules. Specifically, the commission would have to justify rules by identifying market failure or consumer harm and performing a cost-benefit analysis.
On top of the analysis requirement, the proposal would force the commission to survey the state of the marketplace before even starting a rule-making process. This would ensure the agency “has an up-to-date understanding of the rapidly evolving and job-creating telecommunications marketplace,” Republicans maintain.
Ms. Clyburn's prior work experience was serving on the state Human Affairs Commission after working as the manager of a weekly newspaper. She holds a B.S. degree from USC in Banking, Finance & Economics in 1984. So we guess she's qualified - or Daddy got her the job. Whichever you believe.
Just like the Sixth District Congressman hired the highly-qualified John Rickenbacker fresh out of federal prison to handle constituent outreach.