The Senate Commerce Committee's vote to reauthorize the Federal
Communications Commission has been delayed one week until Thursday, June 26.
The panel is still going ahead with a Thursday, June 19, vote on legislation
to return the cap on broadcast-TV household reach to 35%.
The proposal to roll back the cap from the FCC's new 45% limit is expected to
be a lengthy session with at least a half-dozen other amendments including calls
to reimpose the ban on local broadcast-station/newspaper cross-ownership and
even to replace the household-reach cap with a set numerical limit.
The reauthorization bill, sponsored by committee chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), would
extend the time between FCC media-ownership reviews and clarify that the
commission has the authority to tighten ownership rules, as well as to relax them.