GOP Inquisitor Goes Hard After Genachowski

Issa Wants Info On FCC White House Visits

In a letter to the FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, Rep. Darrell Issa, who heads the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, says the FCC answers on the net neutrality rule process were not sufficient.

Genachowski Defends FCC Budget On Hill

The FCC chairman is scheduled to appear before the Republican-led House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies on March 30. The FCC’s budget has been targeted by some House Republicans as a way to defund the commission’s new network neutrality rules and to zero out funding for its chief diversity officer position.


Retrans Ruminations For Your Weekend

Another week has gone by, and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has yet to step into the middle of the bitter Fox-Cablevision retrans feud. Good for him. ~~ Cablevision seems to have lost its mind with some of its tactics. ~~ It’s funny that neither side is spending more time encouraging consumers to put up antennas. ~~ Fox’s hard line shows the driving determination to get paid for its programming and I’ll bet that later Fox affils will be trying hard to hang on to their own retrans dollars when affiliation renewals contracts come up. ~~ Broadcasters may start to feel an unexpected retrabs backlash as cable operators begin to challenge the legality of duopolies.