House Republicans Say FCC Has August Target For Elimination Of Fairness Doctrine
June 29, 2011 at 4:50 AM (PT)
Reps. FRED UPTON (R-MI) and GREG WALDEN (R-OR) announced TUESDAY that FCC Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI has set AUGUST as a target date for elimination of the Fairness Doctrine and other expired and outdated regulations from the Commission's rules, reports THE HILL.
"We are pleased that Chairman GENACHOWSKI has finally set a target for striking the Fairness Doctrine from the rulebooks once and for all," said UPTON, the Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman, and WALDEN, Chair of the Telecommunications subcommittee. "The rules are outdated, unnecessary, and needlessly endanger our sacred freedoms of speech and the press ... The committee appreciates Chairman GENACHOWSKI's agreement that burdensome regulations -- even those not subject to President OBAMA's Executive Order -- should be subject to a rigorous cost-benefit analysis before adoption. The committee urges the FCC to coordinate its plans to review and repeal job-crushing regulations with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA)."