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Philly Court Keeps Ownership Case

Philly Court Keeps Ownership Case

A federal appeals court in Philadelphia won’t give up jurisdiction of a case involving the FCC’s new media ownership rules. The court earlier stayed the new rules pending judicial review. Now, the court has ruled it will not transfer the case to the appeals court in Washington, which previously ordered the FCC to eliminate the rules or have better justification for them.
Several TV networks asked for the case to be transferred, but the Philadelphia judges said they were just as qualified to decide whether the commission acted in the public interest in developing the new media ownership rules.
Oral arguments were reportedly set for Nov. 5.
The Prometheus Radio Project, a grass-roots group that supports LPFM, challenged the FCC’s new media ownership rules in the appeals court. In a statement, the group said its pleased with the decision.