The House Energy and Commerce Committee launched an investigation of the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday with a letter of intent to the FCC.
The Committee is going to determine if the regulatory procedures “are being conducted in a fair, open, efficient, and transparent manner.” It will also look into a “growing number of allegations received by the Committee relating to management practices that may adversely affect the agency’s operation.”
This isn’t a great surprise. Chairman Martin has been described as a friend of the industry – and the recent vote on media ownership received a lot of attention.
I suppose it’s normal procedure – but I was surprised to see that the letter mentions the whistleblower protection. It’s clear that there is a partisan schism in the FCC and I’d love to be a fly on the wall of some of the conversation that will be happening there in the following months.