Bloomberg Law
Nov. 21, 2019, 3:52 PM

Third Circuit Denies FCC Rehearing on Media Ownership Ruling

Jon Reid
Jon Reid

The Federal Communication Commission lost its bid to have the entire Third Circuit reconsider a three-judge panel’s decision to scrap the agency’s new media ownership rules.

A majority of the appeals court voted Nov. 20 not to rehear the Sept. 23 decision, which overturned the FCC’s easing of restrictions on companies owning a certain number of broadcast stations and newspapers in a single market.

The ruling was a victory for Prometheus Radio Project and other media advocacy groups that sued the agency over the rules. They argued that the easing of restrictions would lead to more broadband industry consolidation and ...

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