The Critical 'I'

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Thursday, October 03, 2002

A'TUMBLING DOWN
the battering ram
The Federal Communications Commission under Michael Powell seems hell-bent on, essentially, dismantling itself. I mean, what else would be the logical conclusion if all the de-regulation in ownership rules being proposed actually goes through? The FCC would have little to do in such a radically changed media business landscape.

Some observers note that the resultant industry consolidation would be bad business for advertisers and (by the way) consumers. And for a microcosm study, the radio industry is a good place to start. (Of course, you could argue that new competition would emerge from other avenues, ala satellite radio.)