Reinstated: The 2016 Quadrennial Media Ownership Rules


WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Sept. 23, the Third Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals vacated and remanded the FCC’s cross-ownership rule rewrite. The FCC sought a rehearing by way of an en banc request, and this was denied — as many D.C. legal pros predicted — on Nov. 20.

With a Supreme Court appeal the lone road ahead for the Commission and time running out on how to handle new transactions, the Media Bureau has reinstated the 2016 Quadrennial Media Ownership Rules “consistent with the mandate” issued by the appeals court.

Meanwhile, in a separate FCC development, a comment period has begun on the future of 87.7 MHz audio services.

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