FCC's O'Rielly Criticizes Commission On Ownership Rules Review, Process Reform At NAB Event
February 25, 2015 at 4:12 AM (PT)
At the NAB State Leadership Conference in WASHINGTON WEDNESDAY (2/25), FCC Commissioner MIKE O'RIELLY criticized his own agency for ignoring Congress' requirement that the Commission conduct an "ongoing review and adjustment of media ownership rules."
In the course of updating broadcasters on agency action, O'RIELLY noted, “The 2010 quadrennial review was never completed, even as the 2014 review has commenced, but as a result of this backlog, the ownership rules haven’t been reviewed since the 2006 proceeding. So the industry continues to be saddled with many restrictions, like the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rule, that seem downright quaint from a 2015 perspective. It is certainly a disappointing impasse."
O'RIELLY said that he will keep pushing his colleagues to comply with the Congressional mandate.
Referring to the Net neutrality law up for a vote TOMORROW (2/26), O'RIELLY also took on the issue of process reform, telling the broadcasters, "It is time to take transparency past the buzzword stage and make public all FCC items to be considered at our Open Meetings. Far from being a rare or isolated circumstance, Commissioners must 'vote on it before you can see what’s in it' every single month. While this problem has gotten more attention recently in relation to a certain very high-profile item (Net neutrality) before us this week, the reasoning applies across the board for every item we consider, and this is why I have been a strong advocate of reform throughout my time at the Commission ... There is only one way to stop the he-said-she-said and put everyone on the same playing field. Post the documents and let everyone see exactly what is up for a vote."