WASHINGTON, DC – Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today issued the following statement on FCC Chairman Pai’s decision to reverse the conditions imposed on Charter Communications.
“Today’s announcement by Chairman Pai reversing the mandatory overbuilding imposed on Charter Communications as part of the FCC’s merger approval is a big step toward restoring faith in the merger review process. We have long said that merger conditions should not be used to make an end run around the rule-making process to achieve unrelated policy goals,” said Chairman Blackburn. “As we work to ensure that all Americans have access to broadband, we should focus on targeting service to areas that are truly unserved, not attempting to manufacture competition through government mandated buildout. Today’s action will result in consumers in unserved areas benefitting from new broadband connectivity, and that’s something we should all celebrate.”