O'Rielly Not High on Over-The-Top NPRM

FCC Commissioner Michael O'Reilly is not rolling out the welcome mat for a Media Bureau Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the works that would classify linear over-the-top video providers as MVPDs.

At a speech to NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association Monday, O'Rielly said that while he applauded modern regulatory treatment of new services, that didn't mean "subjecting new technologies, services, and applications to the various Titles of the Communications Act."

He gave several "for instances."

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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.