Speak out, oppose consolidation

by Rep. Jay Inslee, Everett Herald

Snohomish County residents should be concerned that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could reduce diversity of opinion and news under its renewed effort to allow media consolidation.

The commission once failed and now is taking a second run at weakening rules that prevent companies from owning newspapers, radio and television stations in the same media market. As a member of the House committee that oversees the FCC, I've opposed allowing media conglomerates to control larger and larger shares of media markets because it limits the range of viewpoints and threatens democratic discourse.

Area residents who want to keep strict limits on media consolidation will have an opportunity share opinions and experiences with two FCC commissioners who will be in Seattle this Thursday from 6-9 p.m. at the Seattle Public Library. This is the only forum scheduled in Washington state for consumers to express concerns about media consolidation to commissioners before the FCC is expected to decide whether to loosen ownership restrictions or not. I hope to see you there.

U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee,
1st Congressional District

article originally published at http://www.heraldnet.com/stories/06/11/28/100let_20061128004.cfm.

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