Originally published: September 1, 2011
Last updated: September 1, 2011 - 1:10pm
The Federal Communications Commission is stripping 83 rules from its books as part of its reform agenda and in response to a request from President Barack Obama earlier in the year to improve or remove any rules that were out of date.
Among the rules being eliminated are Fairness Doctrine regulations that were intended to promote honest, balanced discussion of controversial issues when introduced in 1949. But as more broadcast stations and cable channels became available, the need to mandate a diversity of viewpoints eroded and the rules were abolished in 1987. The FCC has not enforced the rules in more than two decades, but they were never officially taken off the books. "Striking this from our books ensures there can be no mistake that what has long been a dead letter remains dead," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said. Other media-related regulations that have not been in effect for years will also be deleted. The FCC said the 83 rules eliminated will not have any significant impact on broadcast businesses.
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