Latta Statement on Continued Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission
Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), Vice-Chairman of the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee, joined colleagues in a hearing to continue its oversight of the Federal Communications Commission.
“The Federal Communications Commission plays an integral role in telecommunications policy and fosters a dynamic sector of our economy. Given the economic significance of these industries, it is the duty of Congress to provide oversight of the regulatory policies produced by the Commission,” said Latta. “While there are numerous proceedings pending at the FCC, I am most concerned with the recent set-top box proposal that seeks to replace the failed CableCARD regime with yet another government-dictated standard. When Congress eliminated the integration ban, we intended to rid the marketplace of an outdated technological mandate. Unfortunately, the FCC’s proposal will obstruct the future of pay-TV with unnecessary government involvement rather than allowing consumer demands and competition to shape the industry. This proposal will impede innovation and limit choice for consumers.”