September 29, 2016

Cárdenas Continues to Stand Up for Consumers and Content, Renews Call for FNPRM

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) released the following statement in response to the Federal Communication Commission’s elimination of the set-top box item from the September 29, 2016 Open Meeting agenda:

“I appreciate that Chairman Wheeler has been receptive to the concerns of consumers and the content industry, and that we now have the opportunity to make improvements to the proposed rule. I agree that competition in the set-top box market is important, and believe there is a way to do this while still supporting our nation’s vibrant creative economy, which is responsible for 5.5 million jobs in the copyright industry.

“I had a productive conversation with Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel yesterday. She understood the concerns of Congress and content creators regarding the FCC’s jurisdiction on copyright issues, and I am confident she has been an instrumental voice throughout this process.

“I look forward to working with Chairman Wheeler, and hope he will heed the concerns of more than 200 Members of Congress and allow stakeholders and the public to weigh in by issuing a further notice of proposed rulemaking.”

On September 22, 2016, Congressman Cárdenas sent a letter to the FCC signed by 64 Democrats calling for a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to address content community concerns.

His notice of Ex Parte Communication following his conversation with Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel can be found here.

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