FCC Commissioner Opposes Blackout Policy, Supports Public TV Access

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Ajit Pai has just called for the FCC to vote on getting rid of the FCC's blackout policy, which prohibits cable or satellite companies from airing non-sold out NFL games if local broadcasters can't show them.

"I think whatever validity the rule might have had back in 1975 when we adopted it, it's outlived its usefulness and it harms fans all across the country," he says.

Pai opposed the new rules on net neutrality that were proposed earlier this year. And he says he supports protecting public TV along with local broadcasters in next year's incentive auction of licenses for airwaves in the low bands of the spectrum - especially since he says he's aware that in some areas public broadcasting is the only local outlet.

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