The FCC and Congress: Is Everything ‘Fine’?


RBR + TVBR featured columnist Ken Benner is perhaps one of the staunchest advocates of fair FCC fines and cost to broadcasters. In his view, the Commission continues to turn to broadcasters to fund much of its operations. This has been going on for more than a decade, he believes, and powerful members of Congress have now questioned whether or not the FCC is overstepping its legislative power. If Congress isn’t pleased with the FCC’s fund funnel, what do broadcasters who have to pay climbing fees and costly fines think?  


Back in 2002, I stumbled upon a bizarre item published by the FCC. It was MM Docket No. 98-204.

At the time, it was the most disturbing item I had ever seen in my life.

It was soon to become one of the most time-consuming, burdensome and costly items ever imposed on the broadcasting profession.

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