FCC Pushes Out Media Ownership Rules

Proposal codifies newspaper-TV combos held by Tribune and News Corp.

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Once again, the Federal Communications Commission decided to move forward a major regulatory rule just before the holidays. Last year at this time, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski annoyed GOP lawmakers and even some of his fellow commissioners with the vote to pass net neutrality.

This year, to give outgoing commissioner Michael Copps one last chance to rail against media consolidation, the FCC circulated and voted on a notice of proposed rule making on broadcast media ownership rules.

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