12.02.2002 12:00 PM
Commerce Committee to tackle key broadcast issues in 2003

Incoming Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) wasted no time in signaling his interest in several major —and controversial — broadcast industry issues when the new 108th Congress resumes in January.

Among the hot button issues McCain said will be addressed by the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in 2003 are media consolidation, public interest requirements for broadcasters, the digital transition, ownership diversification, cable rates, online and offline consumer privacy, FCC reorganization, spectrum policies, broadband deployment and local competition and consumer uses of digital content.

“The Committee also will assess whether broadcasters are meeting their public interest obligations, including the availability of the lowest unit rate charge in the 2002 elections, and will consider legislation to provide free air-time to political candidates,” McCain said.

McCain, a long-time critic of the U.S. television broadcasting industry and the NAB, their lobbyists, replaces Sen. Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.) as chairman of the Commerce Committee, the main overseer of broadcasting issues in the U.S. Senate.

For more information www.senate.gov.

Back to the top

Post New Comment
If you are already a member, or would like to receive email alerts as new comments are
made, please login or register.

Enter the code shown above:

(Note: If you cannot read the numbers in the above
image, reload the page to generate a new one.)

No Comments Found

Tuesday 06:00 AM
Eleven FCC Scenarios for The 600 MHz Band Plan
I suspect that the estimated $44 billion of auction proceeds do not take into account the fact that some spectrum the FCC will buy cannot be resold because it must be used as guard intervals in the 600 MHz band plan.~ Charles W. Rhodes

Zazil Media Group /   Thursday 11:07 AM
NAB 2015 Preview: Dalet Spearheads the Facility of the Future
Wall Street Communications /   Thursday 07:36 PM
Digital Alert Systems 2015 NAB Show Preview

Featured Articles
Discover TV Technology