FCC Commissioner Michael O’Reilly released the following statement late today about the proposed Critical Information Needs study. The study has drawn ire and national attention during the past week, particularly that portion that would have had researchers interviewing newsroom personnel.
“House and Senate Republicans, along with Commissioner Ajit Pai, have voiced their serious concerns about the Commission’s Critical Information Needs (CIN) study. While I was not at the Commission when the study was authorized, I share those concerns. I appreciate the Chairman’s willingness to make revisions, but I am afraid that tweaking it is just not enough. If any value was ever to come from this particular exercise, that ship has sailed. It is probably time to cancel the CIN study for good.”
– FCC –