Washington -- The U.S. Court of Appeals has granted the Federal
Communications Commission an extension until April 19 to decide whether to
appeal a major media ownership case, an FCC source said Friday.
The FCC had until April 5 to seek rehearing by the D.C. Circuit, but the
agency decided to seek a two-week delay, apparently because the Justice
Department does not support appealing the case to the Supreme Court.
In February, the D.C. Circuit eliminated an FCC rule that banned the common
ownership of a cable system and a TV station in the same market.
The court also returned to the FCC for further consideration a rule that
barred a TV station group from reaching more than 35 percent of TV households
with its programming.