The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and state broadcast associations worked to prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from eliminating broadcast TV exclusivity rules. While there is a suggestion that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has placed his exclusivity order on "indefinite hold," the Chairman’s proposed repeal still remains up for a vote before the four other commissioners.
Several top members of Congress expressed concern over eliminating the existing rules. Leadership of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees noted that without making additional changes to the compulsory copyright system, eliminating the rules would change the way the copyright system is intended to function, disrupting both broadcasters and viewers. This concern was shared by other senators and leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). Eliminating exclusivity rules would harm local TV stations' ability to deliver the local news, emergency information and weather updates that viewers rely on each day.