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September 23, 2019
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NAB Statement on Third Circuit Ruling on Media Ownership Reform Order

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to a decision by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the FCC's 2016 quadrennial review order on broadcast ownership rules, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:

“NAB is disappointed with the appellate court’s 2-1 decision vacating the FCC’s measured decision reforming outdated media ownership rules. It’s shocking that the same panel of judges has supplanted Congress’s and an expert federal agency’s views with its own for more than 15 years.

“The media marketplace has undergone massive changes over the past few decades, let alone since 2004. We strongly encourage the FCC to appeal this misguided decision so that broadcasters can compete on an even playing field with tech giants and pay TV conglomerates.”

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