FCC Reviewing Media Regulations

Last month, the FCC approved a public notice to begin a full-scale review of media regulations. The commission is seeking input on which rules are still useful and which ones should be considered for modification or repeal. During the agency’s open meeting launching the proceeding, Chairman Ajit Pai said, “One of the most powerful forces in government is regulatory inertia. A rule that might have been necessary at one time can become yellowed and obsolete with age.” He added, “We want to modernize our rules in order to better promote the public interest and clear a path for more competition, innovation, and investment in the media sector. This is simply good government.”

In a relevant article in Radio World last week, NRB member Joe Chautin, a managing partner of Hardy, Carey, Chautin & Balkin, LLP, highlighted this public notice and listed a number of broadcast rules that may be worth a closer look. He said, “It’s summertime, so make a top ten list of FCC rules that should head to the trash heap (or at least be updated). And then let the FCC know.”

More information about this proceeding is available from the FCC here.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: June 9, 2017

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