Media Tank Action Alert!

Media Tank

The FCC is reviewing the National Media Ownership Rules — Now is the time to raise your voice!

CALL TO ACTION: We are asking all of our supporters to file an official comment with the FCC (www.mediatank.org/resources/ownership/comments.html) because…

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it would once again be reviewing the rules that determine how large media conglomerates are allowed to grow. If these rules are further relaxed, media giants like News Corp., Clear Channel, General Electric (NBC), Disney and CBS will be allowed to buy up more media outlets and grow even bigger. This poses a major threat to our media system and our democracy.

This is the first time the FCC has revisited these rules since 2003, when the commission voted to loosen a number of the remaining media ownership limits. However, the FCC’s attempt to relax the rules was thwarted when a federal judge ruled that they had not adequately justified their decision to loosen the rules.

In order to help people figure out what is going on, Media Tank put together an online resource that can answer lots of questions about what this all means and the importance of media ownership rules. Check our out resource guide at http://www.mediatank.org/resources/ownership/ and file an official comment voicing your opinion:
www.mediatank.org/resources/ownership/comments.html

6 Things You Can Do To Make A Difference!

If you’re able to do any of the following things, you will be joining millions of other Americans across the country who are standing up against further media consolidation and the major media giants!

1. Make your voice heard by filing a comment with the FCC. Media Tank has made it simple for you. Visit www.mediatank.org/resources/ownership/comments.html and let the FCC know what you think

2. Find out more about the issues and why this fight matters: http://www.mediatank.org/resources/ownership/

3. Mark your calendar! Join Media Tank and other Philadelphia groups for a public hearing with FCC Commissioner Michael Copps here in Philadelphia on January 18th, 2007. Location, time and additional panelists TBA. If you would like to RSVP early, please email info@meditank.org with FCC RSVP in the subject line and we’ll make sure to get you event details as soon as they are available.

4. Would you like to file public testimony at the event in January? We’ll be keeping a list of those who would like to speak directly to the FCC at the public forum, so let us know if you’re interested by emailing info@meditank.org

5. If you haven’t already, sign up for Media Tank’s email listserv (check out the left hand column at http://www.mediatank.org) and stay up-to-date on the issues and the upcoming forum in January

6. Forward this email along to your friends! Tell them to file a comment too and bring them to the public hearing in January.

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