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Does the Federal Communications Commission have it in for local broadcasters? Some insist that's the case.
As expected, the FCC will vote on new rules next month that will make it a lot harder for TV stations to operate joint sales agreements, particularly in smaller and medium sized markets.
Plus the FCC's pending auction of spectrum is dependent on broadcasters giving up lots of that spectrum—another piece of evidence to those sensing hostility.
Positioning the new rules as closing "loopholes" in the media ownership rules, the FCC will vote at the March 31 meeting to make joint sales agreements between TV stations count as owned under the current ownership rules.