Well, it won’t happen, but it would be a Good Thing nonetheless. Case in point: Commissioner McDowell took on the current chairman’s plans for regulation of the cable industry in remarks before the Media Institute yesterday, saying:
“I have a lot of questions that need answering. Why is the FCC suddenly changing its evidentiary standard and methodology just for this one industry? How will this abrupt and radical departure affect other analyses and proceedings? Doesn’t this shift weaken arguments for updating the cross ownership ban? Does our proposed change affect our analysis of the proposed XM-Sirius merger? How do we reconcile decades of data showing more convergence and more competition among more delivery platforms with this sudden reversal? I am searching for credible answers to these and many other questions—thus far to no avail.”
He also defended the FCC’s moves to reform media ownership, ridiculing the idea that after 11 years of deliberation, it is rushing to judgment on this issue.
Here’s the whole speech.