FCC Abandons Controversial Study

At last week’s NRB International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, the NRB Board of Directors, a body of approximately 100 key leaders in Christian media, unanimously approved a Resolution calling on the FCC to “suspend its plans to purse the ‘Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs’ study (the ‘CIN Study’), thereby affirming that the FCC will jealously guard the First Amendment rights of all broadcasters and communicators and communications-related industries that are within its regulatory jurisdiction.” FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai had identified this study as a “first step down the same dangerous path” of the infamous Fairness Doctrine, and key leaders on the House Energy & Commerce Committee referred to the CIN study as a “Fairness Doctrine 2.0.”

Notably, last Friday afternoon the FCC announced it would abandon this study. Commissioner Pai noted his approval of this cancellation and stated, “In our country, the government does not tell the people what information they need. Instead, news outlets and the American public decide that for themselves.”

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: March 7, 2014