President Obama nominated two individuals late Monday to fill open slots on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). With one vacant seat and another expected shortly, Obama nominated Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel and Republican Ajit Varadaraj Pai to the Commission. read more
There’s been some buzz around FCC Chairman Kevin Martin’s public backing of the XM-Sirius satellite radio merger, but we at FMC think that terrestrial radio is still worth making noise about. read more
Kevin Martin is god-darn angry. The FCC chairman has lashed out over a ruling this week by a New York Appeals Court that overturned his agency’s citing of several major networks for on-air expletives uttered by Nicole Richie, Cher, a contestant on “Survivor,” and others. Interestingly, his own statement is laced with expletives.
The court rebuked the FCC Commission for being “divorced from reality.” It’s not hard to see why: the commission ruled the mere utterance of certain words like “shit” or “fuck” implied that certain obscene excretory or sexual acts were carried out. Of course — in reality — these words are often used as simple exclamations. read more