GAO Report: FCC Should Do Fewer Cable and Video Reports

Price and competition annual reports not needed

Apparently the reports on the cable industry and video marketplace the Federal Communications Commission is required periodically to conduct are a giant time suck and resource hog. That was the overall conclusion of a report on competition in the video marketplace prepared for the FCC by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. 

After surveying the video distribution marketplace in 38 pages, the GAO concluded that an annual study of the marketplace is a waste of time, mostly because the GAO found little change year to year.

"These reports may not be needed on an annual basis, especially given demand on FCC's staff's time for other monitoring and regulatory duties," the report concluded.

The FCC has had a tough time as it is meeting its report deadlines. According to the GAO, since 1992, the FCC has failed to publish the cable industry price report in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2010. It didn't publish the video competition report in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011.

However, the FCC may not be able to unilaterally make any changes in its reporting frequency since the reports were statutorily required by Congress. And your bureaucracy at work: the GAO further recommended that the FCC "study the advantages and disadvantages of different reporting frequencies."

Publish date: June 26, 2013 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT