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musicFIRST Petition Leads FCC to Reinstate Radio Non-Duplication Rule

11 June 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted late Monday to reinstate the radio non-duplication rule that was originally repealed in 2020. The ruling followed a petition for reconsideration that was filed jointly by the musicFIRST Coalition, the Future of Music Coalition, and REC Networks.

Following the FCC’s ruling, former U.S. Senator Mark Pryor, who serves as Chairman of the musicFIRST Coalition, issued the following statement:

“This is a big victory for music fans. We are grateful that the FCC took up our petition to reconsider this matter and protect the interests of local communities, ensuring that listeners enjoy diversity of content, greater competition, and expanded choice in the radio market.”

“The National Association of Broadcasters petitioned the FCC four years ago to end the radio non-duplication rule. Why? So that they could further consolidate operations and boost their profit margins even more in communities where radio options are limited. It did not make sense then. It does not make sense now, and the FCC should be commended for their leadership today.”

“NAB is recycling these same arguments today as it tries to get Congress to mandate that every new vehicle be manufactured with AM radio already installed. We hope that the FCC’s ruling will make Congress stop and question whether another massive Big Radio giveaway truly serves the public interest.”

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