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FCC Drops Bid to Relax Media Rules

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Sat, 29 Jan 2005 11:54:50 -0500

Agency Sought Fewer Limits on Ownership

By Frank Ahrens
Washington Post Staff Writer

The Bush administration yesterday abandoned plans to ask the Supreme
Court to allow a set of controversial rules to take effect that would
have loosened restrictions on how large media conglomerates could

The decision disappointed big media companies that had lobbied heavily
in support of the rules and thrilled those who had fought to keep
tighter rein on how much control one company should have over
television, newspapers and radio stations in individual markets.

The Federal Communications Commission, which had adopted the proposed
rules in a hotly contested, 3 to 2, party-line vote in June 2003, now
must decide whether to start anew on rules governing media
consolidation or to re-argue its case before a lower court that the
current proposals should be approved.

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