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-“In the STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014, Congress issued a clear mandate to provide administrative relief for small cable operators.  Today, while I approve steps to reduce burdens on smaller providers, I cannot support the broader relief proposed because it is not in line with Congress’s intent, it may harm consumers with increased prices and it unnecessarily burdens local franchising authorities.

Currently, cable providers must overcome a presumption that local franchise areas lack effective competition.  However, rather than tailoring the relief to reduce the burden on smaller providers as Congress directed us to do, the Report and Order completely flips the presumption for all cable providers and the justification for this shift is STELA.  Based on the plain reading of the statute, however, such broad relief goes beyond what is necessary to effectuate Congress’ intent.  Moreover, the record raises significant questions as to the possibility of unintended consequences based on the solution proposed here (i.e. that a universal presumption of effective competition could lead to an increase in cable rates).  I cannot support relief to larger providers particularly when doing so could harm consumers and unnecessarily increases the burdens on our local franchising authorities.

As a result, I vote to approve the Report and Order insofar as it provides relief to small cable operators, but dissent as to its proposal to go beyond that group of providers.”

-           “The title of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization Act of 2014 may be complicated, but the direction Congress provided in this legislation is clear.  In Section 111 Congress charged the Commission with establishing “a streamlined process for filing . . . effective competition petition[s] for small cable operators[.]”  To the extent that we do so here, this Order has my support.

However, the Commission inexplicably races past this straightforward statutory directive and instead provides all cable operators—from the biggest to the smallest—with an expedited process to avoid oversight.  This is contrary to what Congress asked us to do, at odds with the recommendation of the Commission’s own Intergovernmental Advisory Committee, and provides no clear benefit to consumers.  Consequently, to the extent that the Commission acts beyond the direction of Congress in Section 111, I dissent.”

The respective statements of FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel regarding

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