Federal Communications Law Journal

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60 Federal Communications Law Journal 111 (2007)


With the changing racial and linguistic composition of the American market and the emerging strength of the Mexican market, American broadcast companies are facing a new competitive playing field.. Section 310 of the Communications Act of 1934 ("Act") establishes the guidelines for when a foreign national is eligible to apply for a broadcast license from the FCC. The FCC currently interprets these limits on foreign ownership very leniently, favoring a policy of deregulation in an attempt to further open up the United States market. This Note argues that once foreign nationals have cleared the hurdle of § 310's foreign ownership requirements, the licensing standards under §§ 301 and 307 are weakened, allowing foreign applicants to engage in anticompetitive behavior in order to obtain broadcast licenses over domestic applicants.