The commissioners

The five men and women who will decide the future of U.S. media ownership

Chairman Kevin J. Martin: "Critical to our review is exploring and understanding the competitive realities of the media marketplace. Some of our rules have not been updated for years and may no longer reflect the current marketplace."

Michael Copps: "When it comes to media, I don't think anything rivals not just the economic, but the social and cultural and political impact of those who decide what we as citizens will see and hear and read."

Deborah Taylor Tate: "As we review our media ownership rules, however, we must be mindful of the ongoing, dramatic changes in the ways we — especially 'generation-i,' those raised with the Internet — receive our news, information, and entertainment, anytime, anywhere."

Jonathan Adelstein: "Deciding who owns the media is fundamentally about our culture, our democracy and our way of life. It is about who owns what you read, watch and hear."

Robert M. McDowell: "As the Commission's experience with the 2002 review revealed, the debate over broadcast ownership is a debate about the vitality of our democracy and the appropriate balance among competitive efficiencies, diversity of voices and local focus."

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