House Votes To Block FCC Deregulation

“The House voted yesterday to block the Federal Communications Commission from imposing rules that would allow the nation’s biggest broadcasting companies to buy more television stations, setting up a potential showdown with the White House… The legislation would prohibit the FCC from spending any money to carry out its decision last month to allow individual companies to own television stations that reach as much as 45 percent of the national audience. The House measure would keep the limit at 35 percent.” The FCC’s vote in favor of deregulation had sparked an unexpected wave of consumer outrage when it was announced this spring.