Democrats sitting on the Federal Communications Commission believe that the declaratory ruling on TV coverage and audience reach was a clarification. The Republicans weren’t so sure. And one commissioner questioned the ability to keep the auction on schedule.
Chairman Tom Wheeler observed that this was no big deal, and said that only in Washington is it possible to get wound up by whether an item is a clarification or a modification. “This does not modify the treatment of coverage areas. This does explain how the report and order meets the statute.”