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Join the struggle for our public airwaves (english)
14 Jun 2003
Next Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Committee will vote on whether to rescind this corporate giveaway. The next two minutes of your time will likely mean the difference between
victory and defeat.
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Next Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Committee will vote on whether to rescind this corporate giveaway. The next two minutes of your time will likely mean the difference between victory and defeat.


As expected, on June 2 the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 with Michael Powell to relax media ownership rules--favoring corporate monopolies at the expense of locally accountable programming, diverse viewpoints and competition. Thanks to the organizing, letter-writing and public testimony of hundreds of thousands of concerned Americans, the Powell decision did not go unnoticed. In fact, it instantly became the most unpopular decision in the history of the FCC. Many in the US Congress are already pursuing steps to reverse parts of the decision; this is a good start. On June 19, the Senate Commerce Committee is expected to vote on a bill restoring the 35% national TV ownership cap. Perhaps more importantly, the bill may be amended also to restore the broadcast/newspaper cross ownership ban.

This bill may or may not pass the Senate and the House, where an identical bill has also been introduced. In either event, it is only the beginning in what will be a long-term Congressional battle to reform federal media policy on our terms. It is very important that we let all of our Senators and Congressmen hear from us starting now. Our message for now is simple: Reverse the Powell Decision and Stop Media Monopolies!

TAKE ACTION! http://reclaimthemedia.org/
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