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Posted at 08:01 PM ET, 06/08/2011

FCC Chair vows to strike Fairness Doctrine

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said he will strike the Fairness Doctrine, a rule that requires broadcasters to present opposing views of controversial issues.

In a letter to the chairman of the House Commerce Committee, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski wrote that the 1949 rule “holds the potential to chill free speech adn the free flow of ideas.”

Genachowski’s letter was disclosed Wednesday by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), who said in a news release that he has asked the FCC chairman for details on when the rule would be scrapped.

The FCC chair has promised to remove the rules on numerous occassions, including his confirmation hearings in 2009.

Republican lawmakers have pushed the FCC to remove the rule, saying it is outdated and among policies that tie the hands of television broadcasters.

The rule had been challenged in courts in 1989 and hasn’t been enforced by the FCC since then.

“I fully support deleting the Fairness Doctrine and related provisions from the Code of Federal Regulations, so that there can be no mistake that what has been a dead letter is truly dead,” Genachowski wrote in the letter.

By  |  08:01 PM ET, 06/08/2011

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