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Friday, November 9, 2007

LIVE from Town Hall: Gregoire testifies before Federal Communications Commission

Governor Gregoire has just finished testifying before the Federal Communications Commission on media ownership, blasting the FCC for its pathetic five days of advance notice and condemning the long trend of media consolidation we've seen over the last few decades. Gregoire noted that ownership of news networks and radio stations is concentrated in the hands of a few.

She also pointed out that major Internet news sites and gateways are owned by the same companies that control broadcast outlets and the nation's newspapers, and that our telecommunications services (whether it be phone, Internet, or television) are provided by a tiny number of massive conglomerates.

Rob McKennna is testifying now and strongly echoing Gregoire's concerns.

Both McKenna and Gregoire have received a warm welcome from the crowd here, which is growing quickly to capacity and giving the GOP commissioners an earful.


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