Commissioners Must Review New Media Rules by June 2

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WASHINGTON (AdAge.com) -- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell today rejected requests from two Democratic commissioners for a month's delay in the scheduled June 2 FCC vote on new media consolidation rules.

In rejecting the delay, Mr. Powell cited appellate court orders directing the FCC to act to review its rules, and the opposition of the two Republication commissioners for an extension.

"Media ownership rules are intended to protect and advance the cherished values of diversity, localism and competition," Mr. Powell wrote commissioners Jonathan S. Adelstein and Michael J. Copps, who had requested the delay. "When the judiciary reverses our rules, especially ones intended to promote core First Amendment values, it is incumbent on us to repair the shortcomings as quickly as possible."

Mr. Powell's decision means that short of a court-ruled delay or congressional action, the new FCC rules will take effect this summer.

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