O’Rielly wants more openness at the FCC.

In FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly’s latest blog post, he harkens back to the Wheeler years at the FCC, when things were “frustrating indeed” despite the “wonderful, professional staff.” He noted, “Reticence sometimes seemed to be the order of the day, rather than a free-flowing exchange.” He spoke highly of Chairman Pai’s culture, in which “staff should be completely up front with all commissioners, not just the chairman.” He also made the point that there should be “a realization from everyone that those priorities of the past Commission—not directly required by statute—should not necessarily be the focus of staff time. With resources at such a relative premium, staff attention should be spent pursuing outdated goals.”