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FCC Reorganization Spawns New Bureau

17 Jan, 2002 By: Hive News

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reorganized its bureaus to improve the technical and economic analysis for decisionmaking and better reflect the issues that come before the commission.

The reorganization, approved yesterday and still subject to congressional notification before they become effective, includes creation of a Media Bureau to oversee the policy and licensing programs for media services, including cable television, broadcast television and radio. It will handle matters pertaining to multichannel video programming distribution, broadcast radio and television, direct broadcast satellite service policy, and associated matters. It will conduct rulemakings, resolve waiver petitions and adjudications, and process applications for authorization, assignment, transfer and renewal of media services, including AM, FM, TV, the cable TV relay service and related matters.

The Bureau will comprise staff and functions from the current Mass Media Bureau and Cable Services Bureau and will consist of the following organizational units: Management and Resources Staff; Office of Communications and Industry Information; Policy Division; Industry Analysis Division; Engineering Division; Office of Broadcast License Policy; Audio Division; and Video Division.

The Enforcement Bureau will handle pole attachment complaints and some multichannel video and cable television services complaints previously handled in the Cable Services Bureau. It will also handle common carrier audit functions. The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau will handle instructional television fixed services and multipoint distribution services matters previously handled in the Mass Media Bureau.

Other new bureaus under the reorganization include a Wireline Competition Bureau, responsible for the policy programs of communications common carriers and ancillary operations (other than wireless telecommunications services). It will conduct rulemakings, resolve waiver petitions and adjudications, determine the lawfulness of carrier tariffs, act on applications for authorizations, administer accounting requirements for incumbent local exchange carriers, review carrier performance, and administer reporting requirements.

The International Bureau will be realigned along functional lines, with consolidation of the international policy and spectrum rulemaking functions, and intergovernmental and regional leadership and planning functions, which are currently distributed throughout the Bureau.

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