CRITICAL SENATE VOTE ON MEDIA CONSOLIDATION

On June 2nd, the FCC let giant media companies get even bigger, despite overwhelming opposition from the American public.

But June 2nd ignited a movement to take that power back, and June 19 is the next big day in the fight, as legislation reversing several FCC rules will come before the Senate Commerce Committee.

The legislation up for a vote in Committee is S.1046, and it would overturn some of the most egregious parts of the FCC rule change. This bipartisan bill would keep a single company from owning broadcast outlets that reach more than 35% of American households (as opposed to 45% post-rule-change). A crucial amendment sponsored by Senators Dorgan and Snowe would keep newspapers and TV stations from merging.

Two minutes of your time will make the difference: Please take action now.

22 States are represented on the Commerce Committee. If you live in one of the states listed below, Please click this link and enter your zip code here:

http://causenet.commoncause.org

Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, or West Virginia

If you donít live in one of the Commerce Committee states, please click this link below to contact your Senators:

http://causenet.commoncause.org/afr/issues/alert/?alertid=2555996&type=CO

Remember, S.1046 is an important FIRST STEP in the legislative fight to take back the! power from big media. There are many more ahead.  But it is a move in the right direction. And it is our next best move towards less concentration in the media.

PASS THIS ON! Send this alert to friends and colleagues and let them know that it matters who owns the companies that bring you the news, bring you music, and publish your newspapers and books. Please make sure only to send it to people who want to hear from you on this issue -- spam hurts our campaign.

Remember, June 19 is the next step in the fight to take the power back from big media. Pass this on by clicking here:

http://causenet.commoncause.org/afr/tellafriend/compose/

Want to know more about the power of big media and what you can do about it?  For tremendous background research, views, and news, and a link to the National Conference on Media Reform, visit our partner at Free Press: Media Reform Network at http://www.mediareform.net. To monitor the ongoing legislative fights from Washington and to take action in Congress, visit Common Cause at http://www.commoncause.org