FOR RELEASE: April 1, 2021

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute

Arlington, Va., April 1 – Media Institute President Richard T. Kaplar issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on FCC media ownership regulation in FCC v. Prometheus Radio Project:

“The Media Institute applauds the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision upholding the FCC’s effort to streamline media ownership regulation.  The Federal Communications Commission got it right in 2017 when it eliminated two broadcast ownership rules and modified a third. The FCC’s action at that time was neither arbitrary nor capricious, as the Supreme Court affirmed today in Prometheus.

“Since the 1990s, the Institute has urged the repeal of the newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership ban and similar outdated ownership regulations.  As the media marketplace has continued to expand, the need to modernize the regulatory regimen has only become more acute.  Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is a much-needed and long-overdue step toward that goal.”

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