Powell touts dereg

FCC head set June 2 deadline for new rules

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell gave a strong endorsement Monday of his favorite deregulatory themes.

Speaking in Seattle at the Newspaper Assn. of America convention, he asserted that the FCC needs to shed its former role as a powerful overseer of media producers. That role, he declared, is out of step with the prevalence of broadband media.

Powell, who has imposed a June 2 deadline for announcing new rules governing media cross-ownership regulations, said it would be difficult to maintain the current rules that restrict newspapers from owning radio and TV properties.

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