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FCC proposes tougher rules on joint ad sales at local TV stations
FCC proposes tougher rules on joint ad sales at local TV stations

WASHINGTON — Local television stations would face tougher rules prohibiting them from joining together to sell advertising and to negotiate with cable companies under a plan by the nation's top communications regulator. The proposals on joint sales and joint negotiations were unveiled Thursday as the Federal Communications Commission prepared to start another broad review of its media ownership rules. "Collectively, these actions will not only preserve values like competition, diversity and localism, they are simply the right thing to do," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said. "They would update our rules to reflect new realities, and they protect consumers from...

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