Interview With FCC's Martin: Nothing New On Indecency, Ownership Rules
October 25, 2005 at 1:18 PM (PT)
In an interview with BUSINESS WEEK, FCC Chairman KEVIN MARTIN reiterates what he's been saying in other venues about the Commission's indecency backlog, that "the Commission should focus on enforcing its rules and providing as much clarity as it can.... I'm trying to work with colleagues to see if we can put together an order that deals with a large number of cases that were pending." MARTIN has previously indicated that the FCC will deal with the backlog of indecency cases, possibly in one large avalanche of fine notices, in the near future.
MARTIN, asked about the issue of media ownership rules, repeats that the FCC "needs to be responsive to the courts, which said we didn't provide enough justification for some of the changes. The commission is going to have to open up a new proceeding to gather additional information from outside parties to make sure our decisions are based on the record gathered." The new proceeding has been expected for several months but has repeatedly been delayed or dropped from the Commission's open meeting agenda.
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