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Ownership Extension Draws Criticism

Ownership Extension Draws Criticism

The FCC has extended when comments are due for the broadcast ownership proceeding by 30 days, to Jan. 2 and Feb 3. But Commissioner Michael Copps said he was “disappointed and alarmed” by the short extension, which he says is inadequate.
In publicizing the extension, Mass Media Bureau Chief Ken Ferree said the core concepts of broadcast ownership are not new, and interested parties will have adequate time to comment.
The comission established a media ownership working group to “develop a develop a solid factual and analytical foundation for media ownership regulation that can withstand judicial scrutiny. During this time, Ferree said, “interested parties have had the opportunity to pursue their own studies on issues raised by the courts or other issues related to media ownership regulation.”