E-Gov & Citizen Engagement

More Public Input at Public Hearings

In addition to ample warning of a public hearing, the FCC should ensure such hearings are conducted after normal business hours so more people can attend.

 

Scheduling meetings during the hours of 8-5 means that only people who can afford to take off work (or whose work is lobbying the FCC) will be able to attend. This skews the input toward those with money and away from those without.

 

If the FCC wants to hear from the working poor or the middle class (ok, that's a big if), they should be willing to listen when these people can talk without risking their jobs or taking vacation hours.

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Idea No. 101