Conyers Letter Grills FCC's Martin
November 27, 2007 at 5:41 AM (PT)
HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE Chairman JOHN CONYERS (D-MI) has sent a letter to FCC Chairman KEVIN MARTIN asking pointed questions about MARTIN's methods in operating the Commission and pushing for a la carte channel offerings by cable television.
The NOVEMBER 21st letter asks MARTIN, among other things, to disclose the cases in which MARTIN has announced or circulated draft rules before, or shortly after, public comment periods were completed, and asks when MARTIN has discussed rule changes with the press before the rules were adopted. CONYERS also wants to know if the FCC will return to its prior practice of announcing agendas for all FCC meeting dates for the year at the beginning of 2008 rather than shortly before each meeting.
The letter reflects discontent in some quarters over what critics perceive is MARTIN's disregard for public input or opposing viewpoints.