1996 Telecommunications Act

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The 1996 Telecommunications Act was a bill passed in the mid-90’s that eased the restrictions on television and radio ownership, allowing large companies to acquire and maintain ownership on a loosely limited number of stations within a market. Nationwide the number was unlimited. The restrictions were originally created to “prevent monopolistic control of media in a local market” (Croteau 91).


  • Croteau, David & Hoynes, William. Media/Society: Industries, Images, and Audiences. Pine Forge Press, Thousand Oaks: 2000.