Media Bureau Says Goodbye To Engineering Division


WASHINGTON, D.C. — There’s an organization change in order at the FCC’s Media Bureau. In a move made because the Commissioners believe it will serve the public interest, improve operations and streamline the Media Bureau’s organization, a division within the Bureau is no more.

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Specifically, the Engineering Division has been dissolved, with the work done by its staff  — and those responsible for it — now folded into the Media Bureau’s Industry Analysis Division (IAD).

Why did the Commissioners vote for the Order? Changes in the Engineering Division’s duties and in the organizational structure of the Commission are to thank.

“By incorporating the work and staff of the Engineering Division into IAD, we can better ensure that the Bureau’s technical expertise is integrated more fully into the Bureau’s adjudicatory matters and policy proceedings,” the Commission said. “We therefore conclude that this organizational change is warranted and amend the Commission’s rules accordingly to reflect this new structure.”

The current composition of the Engineering Division and the IAD stem back to the
creation of the Media Bureau in 2002. But, the Commission explained, “As the
industry has transitioned from analog to digital and from paper to electronic filing processes, and as the Commission has engaged in dozens of proceedings to modernize its rules, the Engineering Division’s tasks have diminished.”