How Will Regulatory ‘Modernization’ Change Media In 2019?



WASHINGTON, D.C. — Think about how you consumed audio and/or video programming today. Did you put on a radio station, or enjoy a podcast? Were you watching something on a TV, via an over-the-channel, or on a tablet device through an “over the top” (OTT) platform?

The end of the 2010s has ushered in technological advancements in how Americans, and the world, listens to and watches programming that was once largely exclusive to radio and TV stations. As such, a review of the FCC’s rules pertaining to these media has been unleashed, a hallmark of the agency under Chairman Ajit Pai.

With children’s television programming rules likely set to erode, in detractors’ minds, or evolve with the times, supporters argue, the stage is set for the Commission to determine how, if at all, it will amend its local ownership rules.

How all of this could impact the broadcast media business is top of mind for Hogan Lovells attorney Trey Hanbury.

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