FCC quietly kills controversial newsroom study
“The FCC will not move forward with the Critical Information Needs study,” an FCC spokesperson said in a statement. “The Commission will reassess the best way to fulfill its obligation to Congress to identify barriers to entry into the communications marketplace faced by entrepreneurs and other small businesses.”
The FCC acknowledged last week that some of those questions “overstepped the bounds of what is required.” It shelved a proposed pilot study and made clear that this and any future studies would not involve interviews with “media owners, news directors or reporters.”
this news was not enough to quell the conspiracy theorists / republicans :
Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., head of the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee, said Tuesday that he’d bring forward a bill, and hold a hearing, aimed at completely stopping this and any similar studies in the future. It’s unclear whether the bill and hearing will now go forward.
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