FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, at last working with a full commission, pulled back on a multicasting vote but has managed to restart a review of media ownership guidelines. The FCC’s last effort to make it easier to own multiple media properties in the same market failed the judicial test. The two Democrats — Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein — voted against some aspects and expressed dismay that the FCC failed to guarantee consumers a right to comment once the specific rules are proposed.
Update: WSJ: “The FCC will hold six public hearings throughout the country. Separate meetings organized by interest groups, however, begin next week in Mr. Martin’s home state of North Carolina. The FCC’s two Democrats are expected to attend; Mr. Martin isn’t.”