Senators Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) sent an open letter to Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez on Monday, inquiring about the current state of ad fraud.
Twelve lawmakers told the FCC today they are “extremely disturbed” to learn that the FCC is conditioning grants of station transfer on broadcasters’ terminating JSAs before they would otherwise have to. The 12 said they were all supporters of the law grandfathering JSAs until 2025.
The chairman tells Senate members who oppose his plan to drop the FCC’s network nonduplication and syndicated exclusivity rules that the rules are unnecessary and may actually hinder “the market from operating in a fair and efficient manner” and could aggravate “the harm to consumers during retransmission consent disputes.”
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.”