NAB Urges Congress Not to Block FCC’s Media Ownership Changes

Jun 24, 2008  •  Post A Comment

The National Association of Broadcasters is urging Congress not to stop the Federal Communications Commission from implementing its proposed easing of media ownership rules.
As the House Appropriations Committee prepares to vote on legislation that would stop the FCC from acting, NAB President-CEO David K. Rehr is asking the full committee to reverse course.
He’s calling the FCC’s December decision, which would allow newspapers and broadcasters in a given market to buy each other in some circumstances, “a modest relaxation” that “would result in stronger and more sustainable service, as localism is best preserved by permitting broadcasters to compete effectively in the digital multichannel marketplace.”
“There is no reason to rescind this modest reform,” Mr. Rehr said. “First, the ban—adopted in 1975 and never reformed—is outdated. Second, the FCC’s decision was made after conducting a number of proceedings over more than a decade. Failure to consider and reform the restriction would have violated the agency’s statutory obligation.”
Language to block the FCC from spending any money to implement the change was added to the appropriations bill last week by U.S. Rep. José Serrano, D-N.Y., during a meeting of a panel of the House Appropriations Committee. The full committee considers the bill on Wednesday.

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