Third Circuit Orders FCC to Re-Justify Media Ownership Changes

Kind of a big day for “the public interest” – in a 2-1 decision yesterday the Philadelphia-based Third Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the implementation of several media ownership rule changes made by the Federal Communications Commission last year. However, it did not do so because the court thought they were necessarily bad rules.
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Citizen Petitioners” (a plethora of public interest groups) and “Deregulatory Petitioners” (the FCC, media companies, and their trade organizations) can both find something to like. The primary criticism of the decision falls in the citizens’ favor: Mikey Powell and his FCC are taken to task for a skewed interpretation of their mission under the Telecommunications Act. Continue reading “Third Circuit Orders FCC to Re-Justify Media Ownership Changes”