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Federal Communications Commission
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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

January 28, 1998


I fully support the initiation of a rulemaking proceeding to examine the issue of free or reduced cost television airtime. As someone who has run for state-wide office, I know first-hand the enormous burden of fundraising in order to buy television time and the complexity of the current rules. Free or reduced cost air time may be a tangible way for broadcasters to help meet their public interest obligations. I have an open mind on the ultimate resolution of this issue as well as the broader public interest issues involved. I look forward to hearing from all interested parties as the rulemaking proceeds.

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