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Sunday, July 27, 2003

CONGRESSIONAL FCC ROLLBACK
(blogathon 2003)
I can't believe I didn't get around to this earlier in the week, but the House of Representatives improbably voted to nullify a component of the FCC's recent media ownership rules reforms. The increased cap of network ownership of broadcasting stations from 35% to 45% was rolled back; despite efforts to reverse the cross-ownership rules concerning newspapers and television stations in the same metro market, that one remained in place.

While the 45% rule is viewed as the most crucial component of the FCC's changes, I have a feeling that, ultimately, the cross-ownership one will be the most impactful. It's almost like the 45% rule is being offered up as a sacrificial lamb--with even the threat of a Presidential veto in the background--to deflect attention from the other provisions.