FCC's O'Rielly to Speak at ACA Summit

FCC commissioner Michael O'Rielly, now in the majority with the Donald Trump Administration in place, will speak at the upcoming American Cable Association annual policy summit in Washington, D.C., March 29.

"ACA is thrilled Commissioner O'Rielly will join us at Summit24," said ACA president Matt Polka. "ACA members are eager to hear from this legal and public policy expert about the FCC's new agenda and how he plans to translate his ideas into action."

Polka noted O'Rielly's support of reducing regulatory burdens on the approximately 750 small and midsized cable operators his association represents.

For example, O'Rielly joined FCC chairman Ajit Pai in supporting a five-year extension of the small business waiver from enhanced Open Internet Order transparency requirements and upping the waiver trigger from systems with 100,000 or fewer subs to systems with 250,000 or fewer subs, a waiver ACA had pushed hard for.

The item is scheduled to be voted, and almost certainly approved, at the FCC's February public meeting.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.