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Senate Approves Overturn of FCC Rules

In a bid to reverse what many consider a bad initiative by the FCC, the Senate passed (55 to 40) a bill of disapproval, that would initiate a rollback of broad rule changes that gave media companies looser ownership restrictions for multiple outlets in the same market. The premise of the argument is that the new rules would have encouraged media companies to act in a heightened oligopolistic manner. Details of the FCC rule changes in question were covered in a June 2nd article. Senator Dorgan (D - N.D.) expressed his concern on the matter: “We’re telling the FCC to do it over and do it right. Reverting back to June 2 is not catastrophic as far as I’m concerned.”

Posted by Stephen VanDyke at September 16, 2003 6:07 PM