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Schatz Statement On FCC Chairman’s Response To Trump’s Threat Against Broadcaster

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, released the following statement on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s comments about President Trump’s threat against NBC.

“This statement is better than nothing, but it is merely a reiteration of the FCC’s authorities under the law. What we needed is a full-throated defense of the independence of the FCC against political interference. When the president announced his intent to retaliate against a broadcaster based on content, the FCC should have rejected it.”