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Markey panel mulls Fairness

House telecommunications subcommittee chairman Ed Markey (D-Mass.) will hold a hearing today to consider reinstating the Fairness Doctrine.

The Doctrine, which required broadcasters to offer equal time to opposing political candidates or advocates of different political views, was eliminated by the Federal Communications Commission in 1987 on grounds that it was no longer necessary in an era of expanding media outlets such as cable TV.

The U.S. Senate recently voted to reinstate the Doctrine and attached the proposal to sweeping campaign reform legislation supported by the Clinton administration.

No action has been taken by the House on the subject.

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