Potential FCC ‘Overhaul’ in the Works?

Hillicon Valley today reports that the House Energy and Commerce Committee is going to draft new legislation this week to overhaul how the Federal Communications Commission operates. New legislation would require the FCC to “identify a market failure, consumer harm or regulatory barrier before adopting new regulations” [new laws about new laws?], and to demonstrate how benefits of any proposed regulations would outweigh their costs. That thinking seems a little after the fact to me. Given all of the current hubbub over Google’s new privacy policy, I guess I’ve been expecting more legislative action on privacy, but it looks like we may not see any real action on that for a while.

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