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S. 4796 (117th): Local News and Broadcast Media Preservation Act of 2022

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This is the most hard-hitting response to the FCC since Family Guy’s “The FCC Song.”


In order to promote a competitive media landscape, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) maintains rules which set caps on the number of television or radio stations that a single entity can own, whether a corporation or an individual person.

  • An entity can only own a maximum of two television stations in a single market area, no matter the market’s size or number of stations.
  • An entity also can only own a certain maximum number of radio stations in a single market, which does vary depending on that market’s size and number of stations.
  • FCC rules also bar a merger between any of the biggest four broadcast television stations: ABC, NBC, CBS, and …

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Rand Paul

Sponsor. Senator for Kentucky. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 7, 2022
Length: 6 pages
Sep 7, 2022
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on September 7, 2022, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).



Sep 7, 2022

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 4796 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 4796. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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