Dorgan, Feingold Call on Congress to Re-Draft Ownership Rules

Dorgan, Feingold Call on Congress to Re-Draft Ownership Rules
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Democratic Sens. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin say Congress should overturn the FCC's new media ownership rules. In a letter to the Chicago Tribune, the lawmakers state, "By invoking the Congressional Review Act, Congress can abolish these new rules and require the FCC to re-draft them in the public interest. That's what we intend to do."
They point to radio consolidation since passage of the 1996 Telecom Act as what's in store for all media if the new laws are enacted. They call the evaluation process "frustrating."
"The FCC's media ownership proceeding has been open for a long time, but only in mid-May did the outlines of what the commission actually planned to do begin to come out through news reports. In a very real sense, the hundred of thousands of public comments the FCC received were just concerned citizens taking shots in the dark."

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