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FCC and Media Conglomeration: A Call to Action

A free and responsible media is more important to democracy than almost any other factor. As you know, America is doing what it can to erase freedom of the media throughout the world, and especially here at home. Use your voice and do something to protect the last vestiges of democracy in the US.
The FCC is reviewing the National Media Ownership Rules --- Now is the time to raise your
voice!


CALL TO ACTION: We are asking all of our supporters to file an official comment with the
FCC (www.mediatank.org/resources/ownership/comments.html) because...

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it would once again
be reviewing the rules that determine how large media conglomerates are allowed to grow.
If these rules are further relaxed, media giants like News Corp., Clear Channel, General
Electric (NBC), Disney and CBS will be allowed to buy up more media outlets and grow even
bigger. This poses a major threat to our media system and our democracy.

This is the first time the FCC has revisited these rules since 2003, when the commission
voted to loosen a number of the remaining media ownership limits. However, the FCC's
attempt to relax the rules was thwarted when a federal judge ruled that they had not
adequately justified their decision to loosen the rules.

In order to help people figure out what is going on, Media Tank put together an online
resource that can answer lots of questions about what this all means and the importance
of media ownership rules. Check our out resource guide at
 http://www.mediatank.org/resources/ownership/ and file an official comment voicing your
opinion
www.mediatank.org/resources/ownership/comments.html


6 Things You Can Do To Make A Difference!

If you're able to do any of the following things, you will be joining millions of other
Americans across the country who are standing up against further media consolidation and
the major media giants!

1. Make your voice heard by filing a comment with the FCC. Media Tank has made it simple
for you. Visit www.mediatank.org/resources/ownership/comments.html and let the FCC know
what you think

2. Find out more about the issues and why this fight matters:
 http://www.mediatank.org/resources/ownership/

3. Mark your calendar! Join Media Tank and other Philadelphia groups for a public hearing
with FCC Commissioner Michael Copps here in Philadelphia on January 18th, 2007.
Location, time and additional panelists TBA. If you would like to RSVP early, please
email  info@meditank.org with FCC RSVP in the subject line and we'll make sure to get you
event details as soon as they are available.

4. Would you like to file public testimony at the event in January? We'll be keeping a
list of those who would like to speak directly to the FCC at the public forum, so let us
know if you're interested by emailing  info@meditank.org

5. If you haven't already, sign up for Media Tank's email listserv (check out the left
hand column at www.mediatank.org) and stay up-to-date on the issues and the upcoming
forum in January

6. Forward this email along to your friends! Tell them to file a comment too and bring
them to the public hearing in January.




Background Information & Recent News Articles:


* A great site with TONS of information: www.stopbigmedia.com. The Stop Big Media
Coalition is made up of groups from across the spectrum that have banded together to stop
the FCC from allowing a handful of giant corporations to dominate America's media system.
No corporation or political party is funding these efforts.

* Click here to read Commissioner Copps thoughts about the media ownership preceeding
during the public hearing in Los Angeles earlier this year.
 http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/23/1425236

* The American Federation of Television & Radio Artists co-hosted an FCC forum in NYC on
October 19, 2006. This press release gives you a great idea about what we are looking to
do in Philadelphia come January.
 http://www.unionvoice.org/aftranetwork/notice-description.tcl?newsletter_id=1581287