[opendtv] News: Senators Plan Reg Road Show

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  • Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 11:42:23 -0500


Senators Plan Reg Road Show

By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 12/13/2004 5:45:00 PM

In a move that evokes the public-interest town meetings of Federal 
Communications Commission Democrat members Michael Copps and Jonathan 
Adelstein, two of the most influential legislators regarding 
telecommunications policy will be going on the road, too.

Inouye (D-Hawaii) told the Honolulu Star-Bulletin that he and Ted 
Stevens (R-Alaska.), will hold six such meetings across the country 
to let the public weigh in on possible changes to the 
Telecommunications Act.

As the ranking democrat and chairman, respectively, of the Senate 
Commerce Committee, Inouye and Stevens will preside over a planned 
rewrite of the Act. Inouye has expressed reservations about whether 
the new act should give cable the "breaks" it got the first time 
around when it was "in its infancy." Inouye also points out that the 
1996 rewrite of the act does not address the internet.

Of the town hall meetings, Inouye told the paper: ""We are going to 
begin in January after the inauguration, and continue in February. 
Inouye, who has expressed reservations about loosening broadcast 
ownership rules, says that issue will come up in the act review as 

  "Now there are people expressing concern, and this will be one of 
the questions we will be inquiring into," Inouye said.

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