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Exclusivity Rules Round 2

 In The Capitol Connection
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Last month FCC Chairman Wheeler published a blog that called for the elimination of exclusivity and non-duplication rules. We responded by traveling to DC to meet with the Commissioners and staff to highlight the impact their changes would have on local stations and their ability to serve their communities. As a result of those meetings, the initiative appeared to have stalled.

Today in an apparent effort to bring this issue back to life, Bill Lake Chief of the Media Bureau, took the unusual step of releasing his own blog echoing the Chairman’s comments from a month earlier.
https://www.fcc.gov/blog/time-has-come-end-outdated-broadcasting-exclusivity-rules
Both blogs fail to identify any benefit to consumers in eliminating these rules.

Since the FCC blog allows public comments, we think this is a good opportunity for local stations to provide specific examples and explain why exclusivity is critical to your market.

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