Bill Consolidating FCC Reports Is on Move

Senate Version Teed Up; House Version to Get Full Committee Markup Next Week

Momentum was gaining Friday for at least one piece of process reform, the Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2013.

It would consolidate eight FCC annual reports on Congress, including its cable price and video competition reviews, into a single biennial report.

The bill has bipartisan support -- and appears to be on a fast track.

House and Senate versions of the bill, which was approved earlier in the week by the House Communications Subcommittee, are teed up for action. The House bill is scheduled for full Energy and Commerce Committee markup next week, while the Senate version Friday was scheduled to be introduced by Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) on Monday, July 29.

The reports being consolidated into one super report include the satellite competition report, the international broadband data report, the video competition report and the cable industry price report.

The other primarily Republican-backed bill, the FCC Process Reform Act, is less likely to be approved without major compromises. It also passed out of subcommittee this week and is being marked up next week in the full committee.