The FCC Under Attack

By: Kerri Smith

The Federal Communications Commission voted in a contentious three-two split to relax rules limiting ownership of TV stations, radio stations, and newspapers. Among its critics are members of Congress who may pass legislation reinstating the old rules. Others will likely file suit against the FCC in the hopes of overturning the decision. This article will discuss the current debate over media deregulation in light of the recent FCC order. Specifically, this ibrief focuses on concerns over media consolidation in the wake of the ‘Clear Channelization’ of American radio, and addresses the contrasting depictions of the current media landscape by advocates and opponents of deregulation.

Cite: 2003 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 0019