FCC Seeks To Update Recordkeeping Rules

…On Cable Operator Interests In Video Programming


By Cyber Era Staff

The Federal Communications Commission February 28,  adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on whether to eliminate or modify its rules that require cable operators to maintain records in their online public inspection files regarding their interests in video programming services, as well as their carriage of these services on cable systems they own.  The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking reflects comments received in the Commission’s Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative

These recordkeeping rules were originally adopted to aid compliance with FCCcable channel occupancy limits, which were reversed and remanded by the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2001. 

Accordingly, the Commission is seeking comment on whether there is any remaining purpose for these recordkeeping rules, whether there are other potential sources for similar information, the burdens this requirement places on cable operators, and possible modifications to the rules.  This is the FCC’s 20th proceeding as part of the Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative to eliminate or modify media regulations that are outdated, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome. In the Action by the Commission by Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 20-19) was approved by Chairman Pai with Commissioners O’Rielly and Carr approving with Commissioners Rosenworcel and Starks concurring.  Chairman Pai, Commissioners O’Rielly, Rosenworcel, and Starks issued separate statements.

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