FCC Commissioner Nathan Simington would like the commission to take “a fresh look” at some of its rules that may be burdensome to small, family-owned broadcast stations.

He made the comment in a virtual “fireside chat” during the National Religious Broadcasters convention, which was held this past week in Nashville.

“Many broadcast rules apply identical burdens to organizations of five full-time staff, and of 500 full-time staff,” Simington said, according to a summary released by his office.

“While a license to broadcast on the airwaves is held in trust for the benefit of the American people — and consequently some standards of operations must be met by every broadcaster — I would support a fresh look at some of the commission rules considered most burdensome to small, family-owned broadcast stations to see if public interest is served by their equal application to every broadcast organization.”

NRB also posted a summary of the session.

[Read RW’s recent interview and profile of Simington.]

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