FCC Asks Court To Hold Off On Cross-Ownership Cases
November 30, 2009 at 10:45 AM (PT)
The FCC has asked the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to hold off on ruling in cases challenging the Commission's media ownership rules until the agency completes its quadrennial review of the rules next year. The last review, in 2006, relaxed the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rule, drawing opposition from opponents to the looser rules and those who thought the relaxation didn't go far enough.
In asking for the stay, FCC Counsel AUSTIN SCHLICK wrote that a court decision on the petitions for reconsideration "would require unwarranted duplication of effort and fragmented policymaking."