Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on Chairman Wheeler's media ownership proposal:
"I welcome the Commission's decision to consider changes to its broadcast ownership rules. In particular, I strongly support the Chairman's proposal to bring broadcast television's attribution rules for Joint Services Agreements in line with broadcast radio. I am also pleased with the Chairman's plan to examine shared services agreements. While there are many instances where broadcasters sharing resources is appropriate, such sharing arrangements should not be used to circumvent the FCC's ownership rules and undermine localism, competition and diversity over the public airwaves.
"I also support new rules that would prohibit, or create a presumption against, separately owned broadcast stations in a local market jointly negotiating retransmission consent agreements. Any time there is potentially collusive behavior, it needs to be closely scrutinized. Chairman Wheeler has struck a good balance with these rules and I look forward to working with the Chairman and FCC Commissioners in ensuring the adoption of these critical reforms."