Senate Commerce Committee chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) decided to postpone
for one week Thursday's scheduled vote on legislation that would bar the
National Cable & Telecommunications Association and other groups from
funding convention-related travel of Federal Communications Commission
The bill, introduced by McCain last week, was scheduled for a vote along with
a batch of other bills, including one that would bar a TV-station group from
reaching more than 35% of U.S. TV households nationally. The FCC moved the cap
to 45% in a controversial ruling June 2.
A McCain aide said Tuesday that the FCC bill had to be shelved for one week
because debate on the 35% bill and other bills was expected to be extensive.
McCain's bill would also require the FCC to review its broadcast-ownership
rules every five years instead of every two, and would modify the presumption in
current law that favors deregulation of broadcast-ownership rules at the end of