FCC votes to allow some broadcasters to buy more TV stations

FCC Approves BDS Reform Item

In some form of twisted logic, this FCC has determined these market conditions constitute "intense", "robust" and even "vigorous" competition.

Pai, who joined with the FCC's other Republican on a 2-1 vote approving the order, rejected that criticism.

But Clyburn said the UHF discount "had outlived its purpose" and reinstating it would allow a broadcast station group to reach up to 78 percent of the nation's TV households.

Pai countered that the FCC's original decision to eliminate the discount had been too hasty and had led to companies that had been under the cap suddenly going over it.

"Backward-looking regulations that encourage resale by making it cheaper will only serve to transfer wealth from small incumbents to often large (and growing) 'competitors, ' which hardly seems like an appropriate regulatory goal", USTelecom, a powerful trade association, said in an FCC filing at the time of Wheeler's original proposal.

Two top congressional Democrats, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco and Rep.

Following a transition period, ILECs in counties meeting the competitive market test will no longer be required to file tariffs with the FCC.

Markey has been one of Pai's most outspoken opponents in Congress.

In August, the FCC, under former Chairman Tom Wheeler, voted to end the UHF discount. He gave up on the attempt to stiffen regulations on the $45 billion market after the November election when Republican lawmakers urged him not to push controversial measures in the weeks before party control of the FCC switched.

As expected, the FCC has declared the broadband business data services market generally competitive and is deregulating the rates incumbent providers (former Bell operating companies) like AT&T and CenturyLink can charge for services like wireless backhaul, credit card readers, ATMs and institutional hookups to schools and libraries.

Pai said FCC price controls were preventing existing providers from expanding their networks and discouraging new entrants, such as cable companies. "In reality, price regulation threatens competition and investment". "Businesses today have more options for data services at better prices than at any other time in history, and we want the market to remain competitive and innovative for both the benefit of business customers and consumers", David Cohen, sr evp and chief diversity officer for Comcast, said in a statement.

The FCC added 50 percent of the buildings in a county are within a half-mile of a location served by a competitive provider.

The proposed change, which has the support of all three commissioners at the agency, also has been praised by upstart internet service providers that have had trouble gaining access to utility poles in areas dominated by major networks.

"Instead of taking action to promote competition and deployment, serve the public interest, and prevent the exercise of market power that is a drag on the USA economy, Chairman Pai and Commissioner O'Reilly have approved an Order that doubles down on incumbent market power, forcing businesses, hospitals, schools, and ultimately consumers to pay more for essential connectivity".

"The ... American people deserve access to this information, whether it involves a commercial or noncommercial station using the public airwaves", she said.

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