Schumer To Wheeler: Keep Exclusivity

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."

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Schumer went on to say that Wheeler’s argument that the rules are outdated and need to be reviewed “may very well be correct” and that “the time has come for a closer look at the complex regulatory and statutory scheme that governs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.”

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Ellen Samrock says:

October 2, 2015 at 4:20 pm

A “dialogue with Congress.” Is Schumer kidding? Tom Wheeler and his buddy Barak are all about doing the sidestep dance around Congress and avoiding it. Wheeler will dialogue with Congress after he and his fellow Democrat commissioners have voted it into law.

Andrea Rader says:

October 2, 2015 at 6:48 pm

Fortunately, many of the stakeholders are based in New York.

Joe Jaime says:

October 3, 2015 at 9:03 am

Good News for Broadcasters..we all know how slowly things move thru Congress

Dante Betteo says:

October 3, 2015 at 12:50 pm

I fell we don’t have three branches of government, rather we have three different countries of government.