Though FCC Chairman Michael Powell has kept a low profile during the Congressional battle over media ownership issues, he told the Capitol Hill newspaper, Roll Call, that lawmakerâ€™s attempts to roll back the rules are â€śbordering on the absurd.â€ť
Soon after the Senate vote last week, Powell issued a statement saying the resolution would â€ścreate perverse resultsâ€ť and was not in the public interest.
â€śThis resolution, if passed by the House and signed by the president, would only muddy the media regulatory waters. It would bring no clarity to media regulation, only chaos,â€ť said Powell. â€śUnder the terms of the resolution, the FCC would be forbidden from re-issuing any substantially similar rules. In short, the agency would be powerless to cure the infirmities identified by the court.â€ť
Powell added â€śwhat is most important is to have the best policies for the American people. I hope the House will take a more considered view of the public interest.â€ť
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