FCC Will Take Up Quadrennial Ownership Rules Review At March 31st Open Meeting
March 10, 2014 at 6:33 PM (PT)
The FCC's MARCH 31st open meeting will indeed consider a notice initiating the 2014 quadrennial review of the broadcast ownership rules. The review will take up a proposal that would restrict television Joint Sales Agreements by making partner stations attributable for ownership cap purposes.
Also on the tentative agenda for the meeting, scheduled for 10:30a (ET) and to be webcast, are changes to the television retransmission consent rules, elimination of the television network non-duplication and syndicated exclusivity rules, rule changes to make 100 megahertz of 5 GHz UNII-1 band unlicensed spectrum "more useful for consumers and businesses" and reduce interference, and opening for auction 65 mHz of AWS-3 spectrum for flexible use services, including mobile broadband.
Commissioner MIKE O’RIELLY reacted swiftly to the JSA proposal, which he called "flawed and not in the public interest" in a statement released TODAY (3/10).