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Court Rejects FCC Attempt to Weaken Media Ownership Rules
Date: Thursday, July 07, 2011 @ 23:36:06 UTC

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued its long-awaited verdict on the Federal Communications Commission's disputed media ownership rules. The court threw out FCC rules that would have allowed one company to own a newspaper and broadcast stations in the same market and upheld the FCC's decision to retain its other local broadcast ownership restrictions. The court also instructed the FCC to better consider how its rules will affect and can promote ownership by women and people of color. "Today’s decision is a sweeping victory for the public interest," said Corie Wright, policy counsel of Free Press. "In rejecting the arguments of the industry and exposing the FCC's failures, the court wisely concluded that competition in the media – not more concentration – will provide Americans with the local news and information they need and want." Complete Article







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