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A few huge media companies already control most of what you see on television, hear on the radio, and read in the newspaper. Now if some of the bureaucrats in Washington have their way, these media behemoths, such as Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. or the New York Times Company, could get even bigger and more powerful.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has begun rewriting long-standing rules meant to keep a single company from buying up too many television stations, radio stations and newspapers in individual markets and they are asking for the public's comments on these possible changes. The new rules are likely to result in even more media consolidation and less diversity in local news and entertainment choices. That's bad news for consumers and American democracy.

Right now, the FCC is seeking comments from the public. Let's give them what they asked for, send in your comments and tell the FCC to stop media consolidation.

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When a single big media company can own most of the radio and TV stations and local newspapers in town, less attention gets paid to community needs, fewer voices and opinions are aired, and the amount and quality of local news suffers.

Be part of the official record and urge the FCC to preserve media ownership rules that help foster local news competition, ensure diversity, and feed democracy.

Thank you,
Morgan Jindrich
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A project of Consumers Union
506 West 14th Street, Suite A
Austin, TX 78701

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