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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2008
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Ensign: FCC Localism Mandates a 'Step Backward'

WASHINGTON, DC – Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin yesterday expressing concern over recent FCC proposals that would dictate how broadcasters serve their local communities, placing additional regulatory burdens on local radio and television stations.

"These proposals all represent a step backward toward the government re-regulation of our nation's airwaves," wrote Sen. Ensign. The FCC's proposals, he wrote, "would add a bureaucratic layer separating broadcasters from their customers and replace the determinations of the free market with government mandates."

Ensign's letter adds to the growing chorus of roughly 150 lawmakers who have recently expressed concern over the FCC's proposed rulemaking.

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