Thune Thumps Wheeler At FCC Hearing

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By Adam R Jacobson
RBR + TVBR


The verbal jabs from the head of the Senate Commerce Committee directed to the leader of the Federal Communications Commission continued yesterday, with committee Chairman and South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune assailing Tom Wheeler by labeling him as a leader who has “too often pursued a highly partisan agenda.”

The three-hour committee hearing on the “Oversight of the FCC,” which also saw Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, Michael O’Rielly, Ajit Pai and Jessica Rosenworcel providing testimony to the Senators, was largely focused on wireless issues, spectrum, and the much-discussed open set-top box proposal up for a full Commission vote on Thursday, Sept. 29.

However, there were key moments that radio executives should take note of, including an endorsement of AM radio from a Montana senator.


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Adam R Jacobson is a veteran radio industry journalist and advertising industry analyst with general, multicultural and Hispanic market expertise. From 1996 to 2006 he served as an editor at Radio & Records.