The congressman is ticked at Julius Genachowski, saying the FCC chairman hasn’t given him a “substantive response” to his questions about the proposed spectrum auctions.
Today, Congressman John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski rebuking him for failing to provide a substantive response to Dingell’s June 17 inquiry about voluntary incentive auctions of broadcaster spectrum.
In his Aug. 3 response, Dingell’s office said, “Chairman Genachowski failed to respond to Dingell’s detailed questions, instead writing that releasing information about the predictive model the Commission has used to predict the outcome of incentive auctions is still ‘very much a work in progress’ and would ‘potentially damage the commission’s deliberative processes.’ ”
“I am deeply disturbed that an agency created by Congress so often and so willfully fails in its duty to respond in a substantive manner to Congressional requests for information,” said Dingell. “With respect to voluntary incentive auctions, it is imperative that members of Congress know what effect they will have on the broadcast industry and their constituents’ ability to receive free, over-the-air local programming.”
NAB President-CEO Gordon Smith issued a statement on the matter: “It is deeply disappointing that a member of Congress as distinguished and long-serving as John Dingell would not receive an answer from the FCC to a question so vital to his constituency.
“Every day, free and local television provides news, entertainment and lifeline emergency weather information to tens of millions of Americans. Under NAB’s analysis of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, local television’s future could be irreparably diminished, and Congressman Dingell’s concern clearly arises from the fact that Detroit citizens could lose access to all of their local TV stations because of U.S. treaty obligations with Canada.
“If the FCC has evidence proving that NAB’s analysis is incorrect, it should make it available, and quickly.”
Click on the following links to view copies of Dingell’s letter sent on June 17; Chairman Genachowski’s response sent on Aug. 3; and Dingell’s letter sent on Aug. 16, as well as a zip file of the three letters.