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A number of distinguished experts discuss the fundamental questions surrounding media ownership limits, covering issues such as ownership policies, competition, diversity, and localism.


Ownership Policies and Competition   12:15 p.m.

Panelists discuss a variety of issues including: the relationship between ownership limits and market performance; the merits of ex ante ownership limits versus case-by-case investigations; what product markets are relevant to FCC consideration of ownership policies; and the costs and benefits of different types of restrictions (horizontal caps, cross-ownership restrictions, access regulations).

Panelists:

Stanley Besen, Charles River Associates
Biography | Statement

Mark Cooper, Consumer Federation of America
Biography | Statement and Attachment

W. Robert Majure, U.S. Department of Justice
Biography

Bruce Owen, Economists Incorporated
Biography


Moderators:

James Bird and David Sappington, Federal Communications Commission


Ownership Policies, Diversity and Localism   2:30 p.m.

Panelists cover a number of areas including: the type of diversity that ownership policies should promote; the extent to which outlet diversity produces source and/or viewpoint diversity; the meaning of localism; and whether local ownership results in locally-oriented programming.

Panelists:

Douglas Gomery, University of Maryland
Biography | Statement

Philip Napoli, Fordham University
Biography | Statement

Joel Waldfogel, University of Pennsylvania
Biography | Statement and Attachments A, B, C, D


Moderators:

Jonathan Levy and Joel Rabinovitz, Federal Communications Commission


Concluding Observations   4:15 p.m.

Moderators:

Jane Mago and Robert Pepper, Federal Communications Commission




Updated:
Friday, December 29, 2006