Congressman Writes FCC Criticizing Proposed Localism Mandates
May 7, 2008 at 7:45 AM (PT)
Rep. MIKE MCINTYRE (D-NC) joins the chorus of lawmakers telling the FCC to back off of the proposed localism mandates, writing a letter to Chairman KEVIN MARTIN TUESDAY (5/6) saying that the "processing guidelines are, in effect, programming quotas that give certain types of speech the government stamp of approval. The First Amendment was written to prevent this kind of action by our government, and it should prevent the Commission from pushing forward with these old and unnecessary rules."
"Marketplace incentives have driven Commission policy for the last 25 years," added MCINTYRE, "and there is little reason to change that policy today." Twenty-eight senators and about 130 members of the House have written to the Commission with similar concerns.
To read MCINTYRE's letter, click here.