Rep. Upton: End Crossownership Ban
February 16, 2006 at 3:53 PM (PT)
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman FRED UPTON (R-MI) told a MEDIA INSTITUTE audience THURSDAY that media crossownership rules should be relaxed.
UPTON said that the "explosion of media sources" means that there is no longer a lack of diverse voices in the media and such growth "more than makes the case for regulatory relief in the broadcast sector."
UPTON, who says he has sent letters urging crossownership rule elimination and the raising of radio station ownership limits from 8 to 10 per market (1q2 in markets with 75 or more local signals) to the FCC, also said that he expects his subcommittee will be addressing the long-awaited Telecom Act rewrite next month with an eye towards completing a full committee review before EASTER.