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21 Avril 2017

"I could not be more pleased with Chairman Pai's leadership of the FCC in the short time he has taken the helm", Johnson added.

Former Democratic Commissioner Michael Copps, who is now with the public interest think tank Common Cause, called the UHF discount a "huge handout to big broadcasting" that would lead to higher cable rates.

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, the sole Democrat on the FCC, dissented. She opposed both regulatory changes Thursday. He said the test for determining whether a market is competitive is "sound" and that existing statutes "will serve as safeguards" with regard to DS-1 and DS-3 pricing.

"The overall approach is pretty simple _ it's not to deregulate or over-regulate", Pai told reporters after the meeting.

Citing a Government Accountability Office report, Clyburn said it "specifically affirms data from NCE stations is needed to have a comprehensive picture of ownership diversity, including representation from women and minorities". That discount will let broadcasters count only half of viewers of stations in UHF spectrum toward the rules that limit companies to owning stations that reach 39 percent of the total TV households in the U.S. He said companies that were calling for a delay were the same ones calling for the FCC to act when the reform proposal was that of his predecessor, Democratic chair Tom Wheeler.

Pai, however, argued that the elimination of the discount needed to go hand-in-hand with an examination of the media ownership cap.

The FCC plans to readdress the issue later this year.

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WASHINGTON-The UHF discount is back, the national audience reach cap is on the table, noncommercial TV stations can do third-party fundraisers and the members of their governing boards can keep their private data to themselves. Frank Pallone of New Jersey, wrote to Pai this week opposing the change.

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

By now, most people understand that the residential broadband market simply isn't very competitive. Although the commission undertook a major data collection process created to inform any decision about business data services regulation, the FCC also drew upon other data sources, including outside databases of cable provider data, in crafting today's order. 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.

He said that the FCC would start just such a proceeding later this year.

"Price regulation - that is the government setting the rates, terms and conditions for special access services - is seductive", Pai said. "In reality, price regulation threatens competition and investment because regulators will struggle to set the right price". The changes will be phased in over three years.

"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".

FCC Votes to Allow Broadcasters to Buy More TV Stations