Broadcasting and Cable reported Thursday that the agency was expected to release more documents on LightSquared in the coming weeks to the House Energy and Commerce Committee as a way around the impasse. The agency recently released 13,000 documents on LightSquared in response to a Feb. 28 request by House Energy & Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, Communications subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden and Oversight and Investigations subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns.
“Even when the agency started producing documents recently for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, those documents already had been public for months, with the exception of a few newly unredacted items that are hard to identify,” said Grassley. ”This is not transparency.”
“It’s important to remember that the FCC’s accelerated treatment of LightSquared in the first place is what attracted scrutiny,” he continued. “The FCC’s resistance to answering basic questions about its decision-making is unacceptable for a public agency.”
TheDC previously reported that the FCC gave special treatment to LightSquared at the expense of other broadband businesses. LightSquared is now facing potential bankruptcy following the suspension by the FCC of its plans to build out its network.
The FCC declined TheDC’s request for comment. CREW was unable to respond to TheDC’s request for comment by the time of publication.