House Votes Yes To 39% Cap

(December 8, 2003) Washington, DC--The House of Representatives has voted to set the national broadcast ownership limit to 39% of U.S. homes. Late last month, the Bush administration and Senate Republican leaders reached an agreement to raise the national TV ownership cap to 39% of television households. The 39% cap represents a compromise between the FCC's 45% limit and the 35% limit that Congress desires. The agreement is part of a spending bill that funds the FCC as well as other federal agencies in fiscal year 2004. The Senate will consider it early next year.