As the Federal Communications Commission slowly gears up to overhaul its controversial media ownership rules, a key telecom lawmaker last week pressed the agency to pick up the pace, particularly when it comes to easing restrictions on broadcast-related deals.

“We must seize this opportunity to modernize the regulations governing ownership to enable broadcasters to have a fair chance of competing for the attention of our fellow Americans,” said Telecommunications and the Internet Subcommittee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., at a lunch conference in Washington organized by the Media Institute, a nonprofit communications policy research foundation. Upton’s subcommittee has immediate oversight of the FCC in the House of Representatives.

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