Redo or Approved? The FCC’s Desired Rule Changes

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On November 17, 2017 the FCC Weed Whacker was put to action by a whipper snapper and two of his GOP colleagues at the Commission.


In a party-line 3-2 vote, an Order was approved that allowed for a series of deregulatory rule changes for broadcast media, namely the end of cross-ownership restrictions that date to an era when “The Hustle” was the top song on AM Top 40 stations.

The Sept. 23, 2019 Third Circuit ruling that remanded these rule changes put a stop to the FCC’s desire to redo these rules.

Should the Supreme Court reverse the lower court’s ruling, what rule changes will go into effect? Here’s a review of what’s at stake for broadcast media.

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