Friday, May 30, 2003

BEATING A DEAD HORSE (BUT HEY, THAT'S WHAT THE MEDIA DOES) The Heritage Foundation makes the case the ownership rules that were written when DC residents only have 4 television stations to choose from are an anachronism and should go.
The case for changing the FCC’s ownership rules is clear. They were written in a different era, and don’t reflect the diversity and competitiveness in today’s media marketplace. And, they are likely hurting consumers, by limiting the ability of media outlets to use resources as effectively as possible. The best course would be for the FCC to eliminate the rules entirely (in which case competition would still be covered antitrust regulation, as it is for most other businesses). It is more likely, however, that the commissioners – in the fact of populist rhetoric -- will ease the rules, but leave them substantially in place.
In fact, easing the rules is all that has been proposed.

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