At today’s House Commerce Committe hearing on spectrum usage, Rep. Greg Walden described a paper by top FCC spectrum adviser Stuart Benjamin that recommends regulating TV broadcasting out of business as “a real abomination.”
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) today called a paper by top FCC spectrum adviser Stuart Benjamin that recommends regulating TV broadcasting out of business “a real abomination.”
Speaking at a House Energy & Commerce Committee hearing on spectrum usage, the congressman said, “I hope this committee will look at some of the things he’s had to say.”
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced last week that he had brought in Benjamin, on leave from the faculty of Duke Law School, as an adviser on spectrum and the First Amendment.
Before getting the job, Benjamin published a paper that says the FCC should favor regulations that tend to accelerate the demise of broadcasting so that its spectrum could be put to better uses.
As Walden noted, it also says the FCC should also avoid regulations that would tend to entrench broadcasting on the spectrum.
“In other words, he is calling for the death of free, over-the-air broadcasting, which I think is a real abomination,” Waldman said.
Walden is a broadcaster. He owned Columbia Gorge Broadcasting, which operated five radio stations, but sold them in 2007 to avoid any conflict of interest that might arise with his congressional duties.