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ROUPS ASK POWELL TO EXTEND MEDIA DEBATE
The Consumer Federation of America and the Center for Digital Democracy
joined several other groups Wednesday in filing a motion to extend
public
comment time on the FCC's review of its media ownership rules. Though
set to
end on December 2, 2002, the groups are asking for a four-month
extension
following the release of report datasets. Currently, no date has been
established.  "The question here is does FCC Chairman Michael Powell
really
want a serious debate on this issue or not. If so, he will grant the
additional time extension, release the additional research information,
and
hold field hearings," said Jeff Chester, executive director of the
Center
for Digital Democracy. "If he doesn't grant this reasonable request, he
clearly isn't interested in ensuring meaningful discourse on these very
serious issues."
[SOURCE: Center for Digital Democracy]
(http://www.democraticmedia.org/news/washingtonwatch/ownershipExtension.html

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