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Sununu Opposes FCC 'Tech Mandates'

Republican Sen. John Sununu wants to keep the FCC from imposing "technology mandates" on the communications industry, apparently including an audio flag.
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Republican Sen. John Sununu wants to keep the FCC from imposing "technology mandates" on the communications industry, apparently including an audio flag.

He plans to push a bill that would be based on an amendment of his that was approved in Senate Commerce Committee action last year. It would prevent the commission from requiring or imposing a specific technology, technological standard, solution or product on industry.

"The FCC seems to be under the belief that it should occasionally impose technology mandates," he said in a statement released on his Web site. "These misguided requirements distort the marketplace by forcing industry to adopt agency-blessed solutions rather than allow innovative and competitive approaches to develop. ... Whether well-intentioned or not, the FCC has no business interfering in private industry to satisfy select special interests or to impose its own views."

Web publication internetnews.com quoted a Sununu spokesman saying the senator would oppose any legislation authorizing the FCC to impose broadcast and audio flags. "If the items looked like they have in the past, yes, he would oppose them," it quoted the spokesman.

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