Powell: FCC Moving with Care on Ownership

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New Orleans -- The Federal Communications Commission is going to move
cautiously in its effort to overhaul media-ownership rules, chairman Michael
Powell said here Tuesday at a National Show breakfast attended by top MSO and
programming executives.

'This is not some rush to deregulate because we just don't like the rules,'
Powell said in an interview session with C-SPAN's Brian Lamb.

In the wake of court setbacks, the commission needs to rewrite ownership
rules affecting the cable and broadcasting industries.

The FCC will move deliberately because the agency wants the courts to support
its decisions, Powell said.

'We are not going to be rushed on this, we are not going to be pushed on this
until we are ready to do it in a way that I think is constructive, in the public
interest and is going to survive judicial scrutiny,' he added.

For cable, the FCC is reviewing its rule that limited one cable operator to
serving no more than 30 percent of pay TV subscribers and associated attribution