The focus of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski may or may not benefit broadcasters, but it does seem to be having the effect of putting broadcast issues on at least somewhat of a back burner. The latest piece of evidence is the upcoming meeting of the Consumer Advisory Committee 9/10/09. Often a venue for discussing broadcast public interest requirements, ownership caps and diversity and other matters, the next meeting will primarily be devoted to the national broadband plan.
RBR/TVBR observation: We’re certain that a lot of material is percolating away within the walls of the FCC. But when the Commission’s top executives and staff and even the consumer advisors are thinking about broadband, they aren’t imposing onerous new rules on broadcasters. And that’s a good thing.