When the Federal Communications Commission votes on something at a public meeting, the document they are voting on isn't necessarily for public consumption, the agency said Wednesday.
Commissioners unanimously rejected an appeal by the Associated Press for a copy of a document that was approved by a 4-1 vote at a July 31 public meeting.
The document was an order establishing rules that would govern the conduct of a planned auction of television airwaves that would later raise nearly $20 billion.
While commissioners approved the rules in a public vote, staff requested "editorial privileges." A formal document was not released until Aug. 10.