Mission Critical Reports: Lawmakers Question Effect on Public Safety of Closing 16 FCC Field Offices

House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders requested information about FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to close 16 of the commission’s 24 field offices across the country.

“The commission has represented to Congress and the American people that it will ‘preserve the integrity of public-safety communications infrastructure by taking action on 99 percent of complaints of interference to public-safety communications within one day,’ yet your proposal to reduce the geographic footprint of the commission appears to ignore the impact this might have on the commission’s public interest goal,” said a letter from full committee Chairman Fred Upton, Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy and Rep. Mike Pompeo.

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