The influential Democratic senator from New York Chuck Schumer tells FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that his proposed changes to the network non-duplication and syndication exclusivity rules are a mistake and no changes should be made without a comprehensive and "broad public dialogue with Congress and all the relevant stakeholders."
Schumer To Wheeler: Keep Exclusivity
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is asking FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler “not to move forward with your proposal changing the network nonduplication and syndication exclusivity rules.”
Schumer went on to say that Wheeler’s argument that the rules are outdated and need to be reviewed “may very well be correct” and that “the time has come for a closer look at the complex regulatory and statutory scheme that governs the broadcasting industry, including the interplay of broadcasting regulation with copyright law. It is very clear that technological and market innovations have changed the nature of broadcasting dramatically.
“And, certainly, no party to the current system is entirely happy with how it is working. However, that look must be comprehensive, and must include a broad, public dialogue with Congress and all the relevant stakeholders.
“It is not appropriate or consistent with congressional intent for the commission to unilaterally disrupt one aspect of the current regulatory and statutory regime outside of the context of that broader debate.
“I would encourage the commission to work with members of Congress on these issues; we would welcome your input and expertise. In the interim, however, I hope that you will refrain from moving forward with a proposal that does not have adequate input from relevant stakeholders and will foster controversy rather than consensus.”