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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
PUBLIC FORUM: MERGER TRANSACTION PROCESS
MARCH 1, 2000
BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Establishment of a Merger Transaction Task Force Team


Goals of the FCC Merger Transaction Team:


The FCC's Current System Works and We Are Making It Better

Mergers are treated like any other transfer or assignment application, except that they generally are more complex in nature.

Open and Fair Process

Consistent Standards of Review

The Number of Transfer and Assignment Applications Filed with the Commission Continues to Increase:

Since 1996, the bureaus have processed the following numbers of licenses*:

Cable: 2,453 approved
Common Carrier: 11 submitted, 8 approved
MMB: Audio: 17,912 submitted, 17,586 approved
MMB: Video: 2,028 submitted, 1024 approved
WTB: 120,211 approved
International: 240 approved

*Some applications were dismissed.