Powell Likes McCain's Tweaks to FCC Process

Powell Likes McCain's Tweaks to FCC Process
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In a recently-introduced bill to reauthorize the FCC, Commerce Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain incorporated several ideas supported by commission Chairman Michael Powell.
The measure would change how often the FCC reviews media ownership rules from every two years to every five years. The Republican from Arizona also would modify the review standard specifically to allow the agency to "repeal, strengthen, limit or retain media ownership rules." Courts have found the current standard only lets the commission relax or eliminate the rules.
Powell praised the clarifications and stated they will make the FCC a more effective agency.
The measure would reauthorize the agency through fiscal year 2007. McCain has slated a June 19 vote.

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