The FCC routinely, at the request of Congress, does a study of the Video Marketplace. That study is submitted to Congress so that Congress can use it as a factual basis for any legislative issues that may come up dealing with the TV marketplace. The FCC has not previously done this sort of routine study of the audio marketplace. However, in recent legislation, Congress included a requirement that the FCC, in the last quarter of every even numbered year, provide such a report. Yesterday, the FCC released a Public Notice asking a number of questions about the marketplace, to which they seek information to be included in the report.
The questions asked include:
- The identification of players in the audio marketplace, and a description of their business models and competitive strategies
- The trends in service offerings and consumer behavior
- Whether or not there is competition between the players in the marketplace
- Ratings, revenue and subscriber information about players in the market
- Information about investment in the market, and the deployment of new technologies
- Information about what is needed for entry into the market
- Information as to who has recently entered the market, and who has exited it
- Regulatory barriers to entry and competition in the marketplace
The FCC is looking for data from 2016 and 2017, as well as any new information that is available from this year. What will this data be used for?
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