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FCC RIN: 3060-AH97 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Broadcast Ownership Rules 

Section 202(h) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 requires the Commission to review its ownership rules every four years and determine whether any such rules are necessary in the public interest as the result of competition. Accordingly, every four years, the Commission undertakes a comprehensive review of its broadcast multiple and cross-ownership limits examining: Cross-ownership of TV and radio stations; local TV ownership limits; national TV cap; and dual network rule. The last review undertaken was the 2014 review. The Commission incorporated the record of the 2010 review, and sought additional data on market conditions and competitive indicators. The Commission also sought comment on whether to eliminate restrictions on newspaper/radio combined ownership and whether to eliminate the radio/television cross-ownership rule in favor of reliance on the local radio rule and the local television rule. Ultimately, the Commission retained the existing rules with modifications to account for the digital television transition.

Agency: Federal Communications Commission(FCC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151    47 U.S.C. 152(a)    47 U.S.C. 154(i)    47 U.S.C. 303    47 U.S.C. 307    47 U.S.C. 309 and 310   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/05/2001  66 FR 50991   
R&O  08/05/2003  68 FR 46286   
Public Notice  02/19/2004  69 FR 9216   
FNPRM  08/09/2006  71 FR 4511   
Second FNPRM  08/08/2007  72 FR 44539   
R&O and Order on Reconsideration  02/21/2008  73 FR 9481   
Notice of Inquiry  06/11/2010  75 FR 33227   
NPRM  01/19/2012  77 FR 2868   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/19/2012 
FNPRM  05/20/2014  79 FR 29010   
2nd R&O (08/26/2016)  12/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Brendan Holland
Chief, Industry Analysis Division, Media Bureau
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street SW,
Washington, DC 20554
Phone:202 418-2486