FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is proposing significant changes to the agency’s processes, including releasing draft items weeks before a vote is taken. The moves are aimed at improving transparency, but Womble Carlyle Telecom attorney Mark Palchick tells Law360 that how the changes play out remain to be seen.
For example, Palchick said that staff may be more hesitant to put ideas in draft form, knowing this information could become public.
“More transparency in government is always good,” Palchick tells Law360. “The concern is that this could result in less transparency because of the need to more fully polish something before it’s released.”
Mark Palchick has been an attorney in the communications field since 1975. He is experienced in matters relating to the domestic and international cable industry, international copyright, negotiations of program affiliation agreements, E-rate funding, pole attachment matters, interconnection agreements between private carriers and other FCC regulatory matters. In 2013 he was honored by the Cable Television Industry and inducted into the Cable Pioneers.