The new sheriff on the Hill has apparently sought the counsel of
broadcasters on what regs they would like to see deep-sixed, but has not
yet made the same request of a key cable operator trade group.
to a source familiar with the letter, the National Association of
Broadcasters was one of some 150 or so associations and individuals
contacted by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), incoming chair of the House
Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
The source said that the letter asked for suggestions on eliminating regulations that could take a toll on jobs. "NAB
received a letter from Chairman Issa, and we look forward to responding," confirmed NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton.
NAB President Gordon Smith, himself a former senator, wants to lobby
directly against specific regulations, he is free to do so now that he
is no longer under a lobbying restriction for former legislators.
Issa has confirmed reports
Wednesday that he had reached out to trade groups and others, telling
CNN correspondent Dana Bash in an interview Wednesday that there was
nothing untoward about asking businesses what regulations they would
like to get rid of. Some Democrats have criticized what they see as
assembling a deregulatory wish list from industry.
making such inquiries behind closed doors or at fund-raisers, Boehner
said Wednesday, the Republicans were doing it in the open as part of an
open government effort and "just the opposite" of business as usual.
A spokesman for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association says it was not contacted by Issa.
the regulations in House Republicans' sites is the FCC's newly-minted
network neutrality rules, though they will not take effect for a couple
more months at least. They must first be published in the Federal
Register--which could trigger Republican congressional action--but would
still not take effect until 60 days after the Office of Management and
Budgets signals--also in the Register--that the rules do not create
unnecessary paperwork.NAB Contacted by Rep. Issa About Eliminating Regs