(sbgi) of Tribune Media stations.
Under rules adopted in 1985, stations with weaker over-the-air signals could be partially counted against a broadcaster’s ownership cap. But last year, the FCC under Democratic President Barack Obama said those rules were outdated after the 2009 conversion to digital broadcasting — which eliminated the differences in station signal strength — and revoked them in September.
Federal law limits companies to owning stations serving no more than 39 percent of U.S. television households; there is a dispute over whether the FCC has the authority to amend the ownership limits.
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The 2016 decision did not require any company to sell existing stations, but could bar new acquisitions. Twenty-First Century Fox (fox) in September challenged the FCC rule in federal court.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in March that he wanted to repeal the Obama FCC decision and “launch a comprehensive review of the national ownership cap”