Dorgan Expects Debate on FCC Thursday


Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) expects the Senate to begin debate Thursday on his
resolution that would, if enacted, void new media-ownership rules approved by
the Federal Communications Commission in June.

Spokesman Barry Piatt said Dorgan had a "good-faith understanding" with
Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) to start the debate Thursday afternoon.
Under the agreement, the Senate vote on the resolution would occur Monday, Sept.

The FCC's rules -- which triggered a backlash in Congress and the courts --
would allow the "Big Four" broadcast networks to own more stations and permit
greater cross-ownership among local newspapers, TV stations and radio

A federal appeals court last Wednesday stayed the FCC rules from taking
effect while litigation is pending.