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Pallone and Doyle Applaud 3rd Circuit Decision Throwing Out Pai’s Media-Ownership Rules

Sep 23, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) released the following statement today after a ruling by the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should have more closely considered the potential impact its 2017 media ownership rules would have on minority ownership:

“The Trump FCC has consistently placed industry’s interests over consumers.  In his fervor to deregulate, Chairman Pai stripped protections away from American consumers, undermining media diversity and isolating communities whose voices make our country stronger.  The Third Circuit’s decision validates our concerns that the FCC ignored the order’s effect on women and minority ownership.  Rather than doubling down on its misguided approach, we urge the FCC to start anew and review its media ownership rules to ensure they reflect the great diversity of our nation.”