Future of Video, FCC Oversight Hearings Slated
First House E&C visits for new commissioners Ajit Pai and Jessica Rosenworcel
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 6/14/2012 3:16:03 PM
"Since the passage of the 1992 Cable Act, there has been a sea change in the way that consumers gain access to video content," said Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) in announcing the hearing. "On June 27, the subcommittee will examine how advances in consumer electronics, broadcasting, cable, satellite, the Internet and other platforms are changing how consumers access video content, how those changes are impacted by existing regulations, and what type of regimes should apply going forward."
The FCC has just gotten reply comments in its request for help in deciding what, if any, access and programming carriage/exclusivity regs should apply to over the top video, while DOJ is investigating cable operators over allegations they are disfavoring online video.
No witnesses have been announced for the hearing.
Also, confirming a report in B&C/Multichannel News, the full committee has scheduled an FCC oversight hearing for July 10.
It will be the committee's first chance to hear from the two new commissioners, as well as to catch up with the others.
"This hearing will allow the subcommittee to hear from all five commissioners, including recently confirmed commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai," said Walden, "and to examine current proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC's regulatory process, and the agency's progress in implementing congressional priorities."
The chairman was a driving force behind FCC reform legislation that passed the House last March.
Retransmission consent legislation is totally outdated and has become a club for broadcasters to beat cable and satellite providers with. Programmers who are not vetically intergrated are abused by the large MSOs,AT&T, and satellite. This largely due to broadcasters abusing them. Their margins which 20 years ago were above 50% have been gutted by retrans fees as broadcasters play catch up. Hopefully these hearing will shine a light on the unfairness which up until now has been protected by the broadcast lobby effort.
Kevin Gaffney - 6/18/2012 11:52:18 AM EDT
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