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Chairman Wheeler Statement on DISH-Sinclair Decision to End Blackout

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Released: August 26, 2015

Media Contact:

Neil Grace, (202) 418-0506
neil.grace@fcc.gov

For Immediate Release

STATEMENT OF FCC CHAIRMAN TOM WHEELER ON DISH AND SINCLAIR

DECISION TO END THE BLACKOUT, RESTART NEGOTATIONS

Washington, August 26, 2015

– After Chairman Wheeler directed the Media Bureau to convene
an emergency meeting with DISH Networks and Sinclair Broadcasting, the parties announced
today they would extend their retransmission negotiations and end the blackout affecting 129
television stations in 79 markets – the most markets ever impacted. The following statement can
be attributed to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler:
“On behalf of more than 5 million consumers nationwide, I am pleased DISH and Sinclair have
agreed to end one of the largest blackouts in history and extend their negotiations. The FCC will
remain vigilant while the negotiations continue.”
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Office of Media Relations: (202) 418-0500

TTY: (888) 835-5322

Twitter: @FCC

www.fcc.gov/office-media-relations
This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order
constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

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Chairman Wheeler Statement on DISH-Sinclair Dispute

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Released: August 26, 2015

Media Contact:

Neil Grace, (202) 418-0506
neil.grace@fcc.gov

For Immediate Release

STATEMENT OF FCC CHAIRMAN TOM WHEELER ON RETRANSMISSION

DISPUTE BETWEEN DISH NETWORKS AND SINCLAIR BROADCASTING

Washington, August 26, 2015

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Chairman's Statement on Decision to Deny Bidding Credits

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Released: August 17, 2015

Media Contact:

Shannon Gilson, (202) 418-0505
Shannon.Gilson@fcc.gov

For Immediate Release

STATEMENT OF FCC CHAIRMAN TOM WHEELER ON THE DECISION

TO DENY AUCTION 97 BIDDING CREDITS

TO SNR WIRELESS AND NORTHSTAR WIRELESS

Washington, August 17, 2015

– Today, the Commission voted to deny Auction 97 bidding
credits to SNR Wireless and Northstar Wireless. The following statement can be attributed to
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler:
“Small businesses require an on-ramp into the mobile marketplace to provide more choices for
consumers. Our competitive bidding rules were designed to do just that – give bona fide small
businesses an opportunity to acquire valuable spectrum. Today, our review of two winning
bidders in the recent AWS-3 auction has concluded that they in fact are not eligible for bidding
credits. I’m proud that our thorough, fact-based analysis ensures that bidding credits only go to
the small businesses our rules aim to serve.”
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Office of Media Relations: (202) 418-0500

TTY: (888) 835-5322

Twitter: @FCC

www.fcc.gov/office-media-relations
This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order
constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

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Commissioner Pai Statement on Resignation of FTC Commissioner Wright

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Released: August 17, 2015

Media Contact:

Matthew Berry, (202) 418-2005
matthew.berry@fcc.gov

For Immediate Release

FCC COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI STATEMENT

ON THE RESIGNATION OF COMMISSIONER JOSHUA WRIGHT FROM THE

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, August 17, 2015. I am saddened to learn that Commissioner Joshua Wright is
resigning from the Federal Trade Commission. Commissioner Wright leaves the agency with a
tremendous legacy. He brought to the FTC’s decision-making groundbreaking economic
analysis, such as his opinion in Ardagh/St. Gobain that the government should evaluate possible
merger efficiencies under a standard of proof similar to that applied to predicted anticompetitive
effects. He proposed and reached across the aisle to accomplish major reforms, such as the
FTC’s recent clarification of its Section 5 authority to police “unfair methods of competition”
(something the agency had never done in its century-long existence). And he was gracious
enough to collaborate with me on several issues, such as Internet regulation.
Consumers across the country are better off for Commissioner Wright’s efforts. I wish him the
best as he returns to George Mason University to teach law and economics.
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Office of Commissioner Ajit Pai: (202) 418-2000

Twitter: @AjitPaiFCC

www.fcc.gov/leadership/ajit-pai
This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official
action. See MCI v. FCC, 515 F.2d 385 (D.C. Cir. 1974).


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Commissioner Pai Announces New Staff Appointment

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Released: August 5, 2015

Media Contact:

Matthew Berry, (202) 418-2005
matthew.berry@fcc.gov

For Immediate Release

FCC COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI ANNOUNCES NEW STAFF APPOINTMENT

WASHINGTON, August 5, 2015.—FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai today announced the
appointment of Alison Nemeth as his Interim Legal Advisor for media issues. Chief of Staff Matthew
Berry, who currently handles media issues, will assume the wireline portfolio while Nick Degani,
Wireline Legal Advisor, is out of the office on paternity leave.
Alison joins Commissioner Pai’s office on detail from the Video Division of the Commission’s
Media Bureau. An Honors Attorney, she has worked on a variety of legal and policy issues relating to
broadcast television, including licensing, transactions, and the upcoming Incentive Auction. Previously,
Alison worked as a law clerk in Commissioner Pai’s Office.
“I am delighted that Alison has agreed to rejoin our office. She excelled during her prior stint
with us, and I look forward to benefiting from her expertise in the weeks ahead,” said Commissioner Pai.
Alison received her J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and
obtained a certificate from its Institute for Communications Law Studies. During law school, Alison
gained experience interning for PCIA—The Wireless Infrastructure Association, the FCC’s Office of
General Counsel, Comcast Corporation, and Verizon. Alison received her undergraduate degree from
Lafayette College.
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Office of Commissioner Ajit Pai: (202) 418-2000

Twitter: @AjitPaiFCC

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Pai and O'Rielly Stmt on Charter/Time Warner/Bright House Review

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Released: July 30, 2015

Media Contact:

Matthew Berry, (202) 418-2005
Matthew.berry@fcc.gov
Robin Colwell, (202) 418-2013
Robin.colwell@fcc.gov

For Immediate Release

STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONERS AJIT PAI AND MICHAEL O’RIELLY

On Beginning Review of Charter/Time Warner Cable/Bright House Transaction


WASHINGTON, July 30, 2015 – “We are deeply dismayed that the FCC’s leadership seems unwilling to
begin the formal review of the Charter Communications/Time Warner Cable/Bright House Networks
transaction until Commissioners agree to change the FCC’s procedures for protecting confidential
information. We don’t plan to allow this maneuver to deter us from giving careful scrutiny to the
important item in front of us, which if adopted, would apply not only to future transactions but all
Commission proceedings. Among other things, we believe that the better course would be for the
Commission to seek public input on these proposed procedures before moving ahead.
Thus, while we are still reviewing the order on circulation, we believe that the Commission
should follow the direction that the D.C. Circuit previously provided in a similar case: “The agency has
access to the relevant documents at issue in this matter and can continue to evaluate the proposed
merger....” So let’s start the ‘aspirational’ merger review shot clock and get on with the process.”
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Office of Commissioner Ajit Pai: (202) 418-2000

Twitter: @AjitPaiFCC

www.fcc.gov/leadership/ajit-pai

Office of Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: (202) 418-2300

Twitter: @mikeofcc

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Cmmrs Clyburn and O'Rielly Joint Statement on 100 Percent Overlap Rule

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Released: July 29, 2015

Media Contacts:

Rebekah Goodheart, (202) 418-2100
Rebekah.Gooodheart@fcc.gov
Robin Colwell, (202) 418-2300
Robin.Colwell@fcc.gov

For Immediate Release

JOINT STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONERS

MIGNON CLYBURN AND MICHAEL O’RIELLY

ON THE WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU’S IMPLEMENTATION OF

100% OVERLAP RULE
Washington (July 29, 2015) -- “Today, we support the Bureau’s Public Notice to
implement the phase out of universal service support for rate-of-return carriers in service
areas fully served by a competitor that does not receive such subsidies. Providing
support to a carrier that is in essence using it to compete against an unsubsidized provider
is not the best use of our scarce federal universal service dollars, as it distorts the market,
fuels inefficiency, creates an un-level playing field and is not the intent of universal
service. While today’s action is a significant first step, we have more to do to address
wasteful or excessive spending that is an undue burden on all consumers that contribute
to the program. Further reforms are necessary to ensure we target finite universal service
funds to areas that will not have broadband without such support.”
The Public Notice is available at https://www.fcc.gov/document/100-percent-overlap-pn.
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Office of Commissioners Mignon Clyburn: (202) 418-2100; and Mike O’Rielly: (202) 418-2300

Twitter: @MClyburnFCC @MikeOFCC

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Commissioner O'Rielly Statement on the AT&T/DIRECTV Merger Application

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Released: July 23, 2015

Media Contact:

Robin Colwell, (202) 418-2300
Robin.Colwell@fcc.gov

For Immediate Release

STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER MICHAEL O’RIELLY

ON THE AT&T/DIRECTV MERGER APPLICATION

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015. — After reading the Order as prepared by Commission
staff, reviewing the voluminous record in the proceeding, and listening to interested
parties, I voted the item this afternoon. To be clear, this process shouldn’t have taken this
long, and we shouldn’t have been so cavalier with the Commission’s merger review “shot
clock,” but at least we have arrived at this final stage.

I will release a substantive statement at the conclusion of my colleagues’ review and final
consideration of the item.
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Office of Commissioner Mike O’Rielly: (202) 418-2300

Twitter: @MikeOFCC

www.fcc.gov/leadership/michael-orielly
This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes
official action. See MCI v. FCC, 515 F.2d 385 (D.C. Cir. 1974).

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Chairman Wheeler On Recommendation Concerning AT&T/DIRECTV Transaction

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Released: July 21, 2015

Media Contact:

Kim Hart, (202) 418-8191
Kim.hart@fcc.gov

For Immediate Release

STATEMENT OF FCC CHAIRMAN TOM WHEELER ON RECOMMENDATION

CONCERNING AT&T/DIRECTV TRANSACTION

Washington, July 21, 2015

Media Contact:

Kim Hart, (202) 418-8191
Kim.hart@fcc.gov

For Immediate Release

STATEMENT OF FCC CHAIRMAN TOM WHEELER ON RECOMMENDATION

CONCERNING AT&T/DIRECTV TRANSACTION

Washington, July 21, 2015

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Commissioner Pai Statement on Incentive Auction Procedures Delay

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Released: July 15, 2015

Media Contact:

Matthew Berry, (202) 418-2005
matthew.berry@fcc.gov

For Immediate Release

STATEMENT OF FCC COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI

On the Decision to Delay Consideration of the Incentive Auction Procedures Order

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