WASHINGTON, D.C.—Womble Carlyle Telecom attorney John Garzigliacompares FCC radio ownership restrictions to zoning laws. While excessive regulation can be burdensome, a complete loosening of restrictions creates its own set of problems.
“If total radio consolidation occurs, it would likely break the community bonds and rapport that until now have been the core of radio’s exceptionality,” Garziglia writes in the lead story of the March 26th edition of Radio Ink. “The very nature of radio could be forever and irredeemably altered if all ownership restrictions were jettisoned.”
The article stems from a recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision in the Prometheus III case. In the decision the Appeals Court ruled that complete elimination of broadcast ownership rules “would invite chaos”.
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