Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., says Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has done a "decent" job, but some of the most significant actions by the agency seem to be driven by a partisan agenda.
Speaking at a National Journal Live event on Wednesday, Terry said FCC actions on net neutrality Internet competition rules as well as efforts to reform a fund to promote broadband development have suffered from preconceived opinions and a lack of transparency.
"The critique would have to center around... net neutrality that looked like an agenda was driven rather than good policy," said Terry, vice chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
Efforts to reform the Universal Service Fund to pay for new broadband services, meanwhile, are opaque, Terry said. "There's an order out there and I have no Idea what it says."
Terry said unpublicized agency orders and "document dumps" can make it appear that FCC leaders are "abusing the process." House Republicans are leading a push to reform the FCC, with a markup on reform legislation scheduled for Wednesday morning.
Chairmen of the FCC need to work to cultivate a good relationship with Congress, former Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., said /at Wednesday's event.
"The chair needs to understand that his entire role in life is to carry out Congress's will," he said.