1996 Telecom Act

Democracy in Peril: Twenty Years of Media Consolidation Under the Telecommunications Act

February 11, 2016

Radio has seen an equally appalling consolidation, which has been horrendous for both news media and music. In 1995, before the Telecommunications Act was passed, companies were not allowed to own more than 40 radio stations. “Since passage of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, Clear Channel [now called iHeartMedia] has grown from 40 stations to 1,240 stations - 30 times more than congressional regulation previously allowed,” according to a report from the Future of Music Coalition.  

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