Vice President Kent Mikkelsen testifies before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee.

On May 22, 2003, EI Vice President Kent Mikkelsen testified before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. The hearing was convened to consider current FCC media ownership rules. Mikkelsen testified that the so-called “duopoly” rule and the broadcast-newspaper cross-ownership rules could be eliminated because antitrust enforcement would preserve economic competition and diversity. He further testified that the national television station cap served neither competition nor diversity, since both are determined locally, and that none of the rules effectively promoted “localism.”