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Press Release of Senator Cantwell
Cantwell: We Must Turn Back New FCC Rules Leading to More Media Consolidation
FCC Continues to Ignore Consumers by Removing Diversity and Localism of Station Ownership
Wednesday, March 05,2008
“I am all for moving as quickly as possible on this and making sure our media sources stay diverse and independent,” said Cantwell. “Increased media consolidation is not consistent with the public interest. The FCC's new rules will lead to increased cross ownership of newspapers and broadcast outlets that will open the gates to increased media consolidation in media markets of all sizes. Today’s resolution is a step in the right direction, and I will continue working to make sure independent voices aren't drowned out."
Cantwell, an original co-sponsor of the legislation, has expressed directly to Chairman Kevin Martin of the FCC her concerns that the FCC’s proposed new rules will increase media consolidation and hurt competition, diversity, and localism. The resolution of disapproval is the first in a series of actions to have the FCC restore a deliberative and inclusive process to its media ownership rulemaking.
Chairman Martin introduced his proposed rules on November 13, 2007, four days after the FCC held a public hearing on media ownership in
The legislation has 13 co-sponsors including Senators Snowe, Kerry, Collins, Dodd, Obama, Harkin,
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