FCC's O'Rielly: We're Already Behind On 2014 Quadrennial Ownership Rules Review
January 28, 2014 at 3:57 AM (PT)
In his remarks to the HUDSON INSTITUTE on MONDAY (1/27), FCC Commissioner MICHAEL O'RIELLY addressed the Commission's tardiness in complying with the Congressionally-mandated quadrennial ownership rules review requirement, noting that the agency has not yet released its 2010 order and "is arguably behind on its 2014 review."
"Let’s face it," O'RIELLY said, "the media landscape has changed dramatically. We no longer live in a world where Americans obtain information solely from local broadcasters and newspapers. We have satellite providers, cable networks, the Internet, and mobile platforms. I am open to thoughtfully updating the Commission’s rules to reflect the realities of today’s media marketplace."
Other topics touched upon by the newest FCC Commissioner in his speech were his views on how the Commission should approach regulation ("There is no place in the rules for policies -- even ones that are well-meaning -- that have no basis in the statute. The Commission exists to implement the statute—no less and certainly no more... the benefit of regulation must outweigh the burdens"), the transition of voice communication from POTS to VOIP, updating Universal Service programs, and incentive auctions.