Senator Kerry didn't get the chance to question the head of FCC but he did send a letter. In the government, letters do carry weight.
Kerry says in the letter obtained by USA TODAY he has "serious concerns" about the proposed deal, which he believes "reduces consumer choice and competition."
"Fans who want to purchase Extra Innings will be forced to pay whatever DirecTV charges, and those who cannot subscribe to DirecTV, like some apartment building residents, will have no option at all," wrote Kerry in the letter to the FCC's Martin.
"In short, MLB and DirecTV will pocket millions of dollars at the expense of millions of American consumers and real competition in the marketplace."
Oh, should your television coverage have said something along these lines (and over 100 did):
That isn't quite right. It is true that the FCC doesn't censor cable or satellite programs the way it does the free airwaves but that doesn't mean they still aren't the regulating authority.
The Enforcement Bureau (EB) is responsible for enforcement of provisions of the Communications Act 1934, FCC rules, FCC orders, and terms and conditions of station authorizations. Major areas of enforcement that are handled by the Enforcement Bureau are consumer protection, local competition, public safety, and homeland security.
The Media Bureau (MB) develops, recommends and administers the policy and licensing programs relating to electronic media, including cable television, broadcast television, and radio in the United States and its territories. The Media Bureau also handles post-licensing matters regarding direct broadcast satellite service
DirecTV already has a license and therefore falls under the FCC in one form or another.