The Future of TV Coalition IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: National Urban League, Reps. Clarke & Green praise effort to require FCC to study impact of mandate

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: National Urban League, Reps. Clarke & Green praise effort to require FCC to study impact of mandate

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   June 9, 2016

Yesterday, National Urban League President Marc Morial sent a letter to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee praising language included in the FY 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill that would require the FCC to complete a study on the impact its proposed set-top box mandate would have on minority programming.  In making the case for requiring further study before rushing forward to a final vote, Mr. Morial said:

“There is widespread agreement across both sides of the aisle that this proceeding threatens minority programming and vital consumer protections. This is not a partisan issue. More than 150 bipartisan Members of the House of Representatives have weighed in to express concern over various issues with the FCC’s set-top box proposal— including not only minority content concerns, but also copyright, consumer privacy, piracy, advertising, and security.”

Earlier today, Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) and Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) echoed this praise for the language included in the underlying bill that was marked up today.  In a joint statement, they said:

“Given the breadth of opposition and the likely harm that would result to consumers, Congress is right to insist that the FCC suspend its artificial timetable and conduct an independent review that will fully examine the potential unintended consequences that would likely result from the Chairman’s proposal.”

During today’s markup, no member of either party made any effort to oppose or strip the language requiring a study on the impact of the FCC’s proposed mandate.  The underlying bill was approved by a 30-17 vote with this language included in the bill. 

The full text of Rep. Green and Rep. Clarke’s joint statement is included below.

 

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Reps. Green, Clarke Statement on FCC’s Set Top Box Rule

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Gene Green (TX-29) and Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (9th – NY) released the following statement today in response to the decision to consider language in the FY 2017 Financial Services and General Government (FSSG) Appropriations Bill, which would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to complete a study on the impact of its proposed set top box rule on consumers and the telecommunications ecosystem.

“Today, the House Appropriations Committee is considering the Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Services and General Government (FSSG) Appropriations Bill. We commend the Committee for including in the underlying bill, language requiring the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to complete a study on the impact of its proposed set top box rule on consumers and the telecommunications ecosystem.

The FCC’s proposed rule has the potential to detrimentally impact consumer privacy, creative rights, diversity of voices, cybersecurity, energy efficiency and the consumer experience. This is why we, along with 175 Members of Congress, have raised these concerns. In April, 53 House Democrats joined our letter to the FCC, calling for the Commission to push the “pause button” on its proceeding while these serious concerns are thoroughly examined in a peer reviewed report.

Regrettably, the FCC seems intent upon moving forward, and has been dismissive of the legitimate concerns raised by Congress, as well as numerous civil rights organizations, content providers, minority programmers, labor unions, and hundreds of thousands of ordinary citizens. We ask why does it appear as though the FCC is so determined to finalize this rule. Given the breadth of opposition and the likely harm that would result to consumers, Congress is right to insist that the FCC suspend its artificial timetable and conduct an independent review that will fully examine the potential unintended consequences that would likely result from the Chairman’s proposal.”

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