Legislation and Regulation

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Cantwell calls for FCC ownership hearing in Washington

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On Aug. 2, Senator Maria Cantwell Calls for Public Hearing in Washington State to Discuss Media Consolidation

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Net neutrality may derail telecom bill

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Ted Stevens' attempt to ram through his telecom bill is being slowed by politics and by continued support for Internet freedom.

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No floor vote scheduled for cable bill in Senate

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Bill will wait at least until September

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Net neutrality debate stirs strong emotions

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It's already happened in radio. It's even affected how some telephone companies connect their customers. Now Internet may follow suit.

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Consumer Advisory Committee adopts media ownership recommendation

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The FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) recommends that it would be in the best interest of consumers for the Commission to adopt a process in the 2006 media ownership review that will provide a full record on the potential impact of media ownership concentration and actively engage consumers in the proceeding.

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Grassroots gears up as FCC revisits ownership rules

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Having forced government media regulators to rethink the relaxation of owner-concentration rules pushed through in 2003, reformers are wasting no time heading off another FCC attempt to facilitate media consolidation.
The fight to protect locally owned and diverse media outlets is gearing up again after the Federal Communications Commission announced it would be opening up a public comment period on newly proposed media-ownership rules.

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