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Advocates Hail Senate's Rejection of FCC Effort to Relax Media Ownership Regulations

September 16, 2003, WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The lunchtime audience at the 21st Annual Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture on Sept. 16 in Washington, D.C., had something extra special to celebrate -- the U.S. Senate's vote that morning to repeal Federal Communication Commission rules relaxing media ownership regulations. 

The lecture honors the United Church of Christ minister who has spent 40 years defending the public's rights in telecommunications. 

The Senate's action is a "reminder that the ideology of an unfettered market, growth and profit is not an irresistable force," said 2003 Parker lecturer Jay Harris of the University of Southern California.  The U.S. House of Representatives votes next. 

The Senate's action followed on the heels of a Sept. 3 federal appeals court ruling that responded favorably to a petition by the National Council of Churches and two other organizations and blocked the FCC from imposing the new rules. Also at the Parker Lecture, a $10 million Everett C. Parker Initiative was announced to aid ongoing telecommunications advocacy by the NCC and the United Church of Christ.  Contact Jon Sherry, Campaign Manager, for information.

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