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Senate bill would add high-tech brain power at FCC

Members of the Federal Communications Commission could get more high-tech expertise if the Senate passes a new bill aimed at increasing funding for technical resources at the agency.

Sens. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced a bill on Monday that would allow each of the five FCC commissioners to hire one additional staff member — an electrical engineer or computer scientist. Currently, commissioners are permitted to appoint only three professional assistants and a secretary. Historically, these professional assistants have been legal advisers covering the wireline, wireless, and cable/media sectors, according to a statement released by Snowe and Warner.

“This legislation is a common-sense initiative that will guarantee each Commissioner has a technical expert on staff to provide detailed analysis on some of the most cutting-edge issues affecting the communications industry today," said Snowe, a senior member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, which has jurisdiction over the measure.

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 15, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  FCC  
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