Reps. Upton, Walden Rip FCC Media Bureau For Policy Change On TV JSAs, LMAs, SSAs
March 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM (PT)
Add House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman FRED UPTON (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman GREG WALDEN (R-OR) to the list of people taking a dim view of the FCC Media Bureau's issuance of a policy change regarding the Commission's treatment and scrutiny of broadcast television transactions involving LMAs, JSAs, and shared services agreements.
A statement issued by UPTON and WALDEN said, “Coming on the heels of the House's overwhelming bipartisan approval of the FCC Process Reform Act MONDAY evening, the FCC Media Bureau's action not only flies in the face of reform, it reveals an alarming disregard for process. This effort raises questions about Chairman WHEELER’s stated commitment to process reform. This end-run around the full commission is a step back for transparency and reform, and sadly, consumers are the ones who stand to lose the most."