Tales of the Sausage Factory: Victory is SWEET!

I will have a lot more to say on this later, but the Third Circuit Court of Appeals has issued its decision on the FCC’s media ownership deregulation that took place last summer.

The result is a near total victory for MAP and the other public interest clients and the American people. The FCC’s June 2, 2003, deregulatory Order is reversed as not supported by logical reasoning based on the record. The court reverses and remands to the FCC, keeping the old rules in effect until the FCC resolves this mess. The court rejects the FCC’s position that the provision of the 1996 Act that requires the FCC to conduct a review of its ownership rules is “deregulatory” or that it prohibits the FCC from making ownership regulations more stringent. Instead, the FCC is supposed to review its ownership rules and decide whether the public interest requires the FCC to keep the rule, relax the rule, eliminate the rule, or make the rule even more stringent.

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  1. Harold,

    I love this line: “The Third Circuit Court decision in the Prometheus Radio Project v. FCC case agrees with MAP that preserving democracy is more important than helping big companies grow bigger.”

    Congratulations, mazel tov, and on behalf of people everywhere who value democracy, a very profound Thank You.

    I look forward to your next Tale of the SF with in-depth explication and insider’s insignts, and I do hope it will feature snide comments about Michael Powell in a meltdown.

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