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Reauthorization: FCC process reform comes again before Congress

In these dog days of summer, it appears that Congress’ attention is again turning to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Yesterday, House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee Chairman Greg Walden invited top executives at leading broadband and internet companies to participate in a September 7 hearing on “ground rules for the Internet ecosystem.” This hearing could be a welcome first step toward congressional clarification of the FCC’s role in governing the internet ecosystem, an intervention that both sides of various broadband policy debates have suggested is long overdue.