FCC Committee Disses ‘Effective Competition’

The FCC’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC) has come out against commission’s proposal that  all cable systems should be assumed to have effective competition for their services in local markets. The IAC, which advises the FCC on telecommunications issues of interest to state and local governments, wrote that assuming pay TV has effective competition in each market “is contrary to the public interest,” and the proposal would make “it likely that all of the important consumer safeguards that go along with such finding will be lost.”