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Analysis

Media Ownership Rule Dispute: How We Got Here

Law360 (June 11, 2019, 8:29 PM EDT) -- For nearly two decades, the Federal Communications Commission has been locked in a running dispute over the proper scope of its media ownership rules, and the case hit another milestone Tuesday with oral arguments in its fourth round at the Third Circuit.

The wide-ranging dispute stems from the FCC’s periodic review of rules that govern which broadcasters are allowed to merge and a mandate that the agency create more opportunities for women and minorities to enter the industry.

The dispute nicknamed after flagship challenger Prometheus Radio Project spans seven FCC chairmanships and raises questions of which values the FCC should primarily...

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