The following is a press release from Sen. Ed Markey’s office:
WASHINGTON DC – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA.), a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, yesterday, June 29, led his Senate colleagues in calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to abandon its proposed rulemaking on the “Kid Vid” rules, which require free, over-the-air TV broadcasters to air a minimum of three hours of children’s educational programming per week.
Senator Markey sent this letter following the Commission’s publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which includes proposals that would significantly revise rules enacted in accordance with the Children’s Television Act.
Senator Markey and his colleagues urge the FCC to revise its proposal and instead make it a Notice of Inquiry, which would allow for a thorough fact-gathering process to inform any future proposed rule changes.
Also signing the letter are Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fl.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.).
“In the absence of key information about how American children access educational programming on television and how significant changes to the ‘Kid Vid’ rules would affect this access, the Commission’s proposed rulemaking is premature,” write the Senators in their letter to all FCC Commissioners. “The Commission should not act in haste to revise rules that can negatively impact children in our country.”