MAP asks court to chuck FCC rules


Media Access Project became the latest to weigh in with the courts against
the Federal Communications Commission’s June 2 media-ownership-rule changes.

It has filed suit in the Third Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, asking
that the new rules be thrown out and that their effective date -- currently
Sept. 4 -- be stayed pending resolution of several court challenges.

The suit was filed in behalf of the Prometheus Radio Project, a
Philadelphia-based radio-activist group with roots in pirate radio and currently
pushing low-power FM.

The National Association of Broadcasters, the National Affiliated Stations
Alliance and Media General Inc. have already filed suits asking for changes to
the ownership rules.

The NASA is taking the lead on rolling back the 45% ownership cap; the NAB is
pushing for further changes to radio and TV limits; and Media General wants
looser newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rules.