COMMENTARY BY KEVIN GOLDBERG

Ain’t No Sunshine: The FCC Collaboration Act

Nearly 50 years ago, Congress passed the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), giving all of us citizens access to the records of every executive branch agency. A decade later, in the wake of the Watergate scandal, Congress passed the Government in the Sunshine Act, again seeking to ensure the public’s right to know. The Sunshine Act gives us all access to the meetings of certain executive branch agencies, much as the FOIA give us access to those agencies’ written records. Maybe not for long, though, at least as far as the FCC is concerned.