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FCC Chairman Wheeler Confirms: The FCC Will Not Regulate Broadcasters’ Speech, Through “Community Information Needs” Study or Otherwise

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, First Amendment, Program Content
In response to a December 2013 letter sent by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Wheeler has publicly confirmed that the FCC “has no intention of regulating the political or other speech of journalists or broadcasters.”  Chairman Wheeler’s letter response and an accompanying statement were issued in response… Continue Reading

Members of Congress Question FCC on “Critical Information Needs” Study, Suggesting Attempt to Revive Fairness Doctrine

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Program Content
UPDATED On December 10, 2013, Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and several other members of the Communications and Technology subcommittee (including subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR)) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler asking about the FCC’s announcement that it would soon commence a field… Continue Reading

What the Media Industry Needs to Know About the Communications Act Rewrite

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Legislation
Earlier this week, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) announced plans to hold hearings and commission white papers next year in preparation for a wholesale rewrite of the Communications Act in 2015.  For the media industry, a Communications Act rewrite could substantially alter… Continue Reading