By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 6-16-20

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly told the Senate Commerce Committee June 16 that there continues to be a disconnect between the Department of Justice’s approach to antitrust and the realities of the competitive video marketplace.

For example, when negotiating settlements with TV stations over sharing competitively sensitive ad information, Justice said the relevant competition was other broadcasters, not the wider world of video providers.

That came in his nomination hearing for a new, five-year hitch on the Commission during questioning by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).

O’Rielly said he didn’t think that either the FCC’s rules or the Justice Department’s approach reflected what was actually happening in the competitive marketplace.  » Read More