FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to reduce the number of FCC field offices and agents, as a money-saving device enabled by advanced technology. Broadcasters aren’t so sure it’s such a good idea and Congress will look into it.
According to Broadcasting and Cable, House Communications and Technology Chair Greg Walden (R-OR) will schedule the hearing for Thursday 6/11/15, and will call in at least on witness from the FCC.
Radio broadcasters are concerned that the lack of field agents will exacerbate the problems already caused by FM pirates.
Television broadcasters have their own worries about various types of interference they may be subjected to in the post-repacking world being spurred by the incentive auction.