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Dems in Charge: What It Means

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) is expected to take over the House Energy and Commerce Committee and bring a greater level of scrutiny to the actions of the Federal Communications Commission, particularly on media ownership. Of less certainty is what will happen with the Bells’ efforts to get video franchise relief. They have been seeking new laws that would allow them to more easily enter local markets and compete with cable firms. And net neutrality — to prevent communications firms and cable operators from getting control of the flow of content on the Internet — could get new life.

If the Democrats take control of the Senate, Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) would be expected to take over the Commerce Committee and, like Dingell, would seek greater oversight — the buzzword of the Dems campaign — of the FCC.

Addendum: Endeavor’s Ari Emanuel wrote just a few words on Huffington Post this morning: “I love my brother.”

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