The FCC's New Media Ownership Rules: What's All the Controversy About?

By Stephen T. Yelverton
October 01, 2003
On July 2, 2003, the Federal Communications Commission  adopted new rules to govern the ownership of broadcast stations. This rulemaking was mandated by the 1996 telecommunications Act which requires that the FCC review its broadcast ownership rules every two years to determine whether the rules that are currently in force are still necessary “as a result of competition” in the marketplace.