Pressure Forces FCC To End Study
The FCC's plan to study newsroom issues will not continue. It had been receiving a lot of criticism and cries of a new Fairness Doctrine. Even FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai was against the Critical Information Needs study. On Friday, this short statement was released by the Commission: “The FCC will not move forward with the Critical Information Needs study. 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.”
Commissioner Pai releaseda statement of his own, expressing his relief the study will not move forward. Pai said, "I am pleased that the FCC has canceled its Critical Information Needs study. In our country, the government does not tell the people what information they need. Instead, news outlets and the American public decide that for themselves. I look forward to working with my colleagues to identify and remove actual barriers to entry into the communications industry. This newsroom study was a distraction from that important goal."