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.