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Table of Contents - April 1, 2015

Open Internet Sparring Continues As Commissioners Face Lawmakers In FCC Oversight Hearings

The FCC's five Commissioners sparred over the justification for the Commission's recent open Internet order, its likely effects, and the legitimacy of the processes that led to its adoption in a series of appearances on Capitol Hill in FCC oversight hearings.

Although the open Internet dominated the discussion, lawmakers also raised a host of other issues, including potential abuse of the FCC's "designated entity" rules, Lifeline reform, and the FCC's processes and procedures.

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Chaffetz Reveals OIG Investigation

Republican members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee took FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to task at a March 17 hearing for changing his approach to the agency's open Internet order in the wake of White House advocacy, and for failing to post the draft order before the agency's Feb. 26 vote.

Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) informed the FCC Chairman that the agency's Office of Inspector General has opened an investigation into the process leading up to the adoption of the order. Mr. Wheeler said he had not known about the investigation and said that "of course" he would cooperate.

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