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SENATORS EXPRESS CONCERN OVER FCC LOCALISM MANDATES

, — Twenty-three senators have expressed their ‘substantial concern’ over recent proposals by the that would dictate how broadcasters serve their local communities, placing additional regulatory burdens on local and stations. In a letter dated April 24 to Chairman , Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and 22 Senate colleagues urged the Commission to “heed the concerns of responsible licensees that would be unjustifiably penalized” by such regulations.

Additionally, Sen. Mary Land rieu (D-LA) authored her letter to Chairman Martin asking the Commission to “craft policies that rightly encourage community engagement inhibiting disaster communications or further burdening already-strained Louisiana business owners.”

The Senate correspondence follows an April 15th letter from 123 members of the House of Representatives who expressed opposition to “radical re-regulation” that would “turn back the clock on of deregulatory progress by imposing a series of new and burdensome regulations on broadcasters.”