Dingell Says FCC Overstepping Its Authority

April 29th, 2007 by Andy in Media and Democracy

He’s not the only one saying it. Kevin Martin (husband of Cheney and Rove’s personal aide Catherine Martin) did it this time when he decided to write new law via regulatory statute. But then, that is nothing new in the history of American governance, unfortunately. Its just that this time the effects of it may spell the end of public, educational and government access television.

The chairman of the congressional panel that oversees the Federal Communications Commission accused the agency of overstepping its authority in approving an order meant to create more competition and lower prices in the cable television industry.

Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., who heads the House Commerce Committee, said at an occasionally rancorous subcommittee meeting Wednesday that “the FCC is not a legislative body - that role resides here in this room with the people’s elected representatives.”

Dingell said he supports competition and lower prices in cable, but that “the commission must work entirely within the existing laws to achieve that goal.” He added: “That did not happen and the commission chose to ignore the well-settled divisions of responsibility.”

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  1. on May 3rd, 2007 at 11:30 am

    […] But then there’s the other FCC, the one that sounds a whole lot like an uninformed yokel, who arbitrarily fines DJ’s, declares that the word “Dick” better mean “Richard”, and generally acts like a bully only barely overshadowed by Homeland Security (but at least those guys are trying to take actions with the intent to save lives).  On almost a daily basis, I see through my variety of feeds and newsletters articles discussing how the FCC is playing in territory that should clearly be outside their “turf”.  Two recent examples: Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., who heads the House Commerce Committee, said at an occasionally rancorous subcommittee meeting Wednesday that “the FCC is not a legislative body - that role resides here in this room with the people’s elected representatives.” - source […]

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