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FCC Commissioner Opposes Blackout Policy, Supports Public TV Access

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The Federal Communications Commission is an agency that deals in very complex regulations, but with issues that are crucial to most media consumers. One of the five commissioners was in Ohio today, and Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler sat down him to talk about some of the big issues the panel is facing.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 5:36 pm

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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