Federal Communications Law Journal

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59 Federal Communications Law Journal 295 (2007)


Communications policymaking increasingly relies upon research derived from large-scale databases manufactured and marketed by commercial organizations. One byproduct of this situation is that substantial inequalities in access to these data arise. These information asymmetries can result in research that fails to reflect the policy considerations of the full range of interested stakeholders. This Article explores these issues via a case study of the FCC's 2003 media ownership proceeding and offers suggestions for how existing disparities in access to policy-relevant data might be addressed.