A letter signed by 30 major recording artists is to be sent today to Michael Powell, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Billboard Bulletin reports. The letter warns Powell that f

A letter signed by 30 major recording artists is to be sent today to Michael Powell, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Billboard Bulletin reports. The letter warns Powell that further deregulation of the radio industry "will have a negative impact on access to diverse viewpoints and will impede the functioning of our democracy."

The letter, a copy of which was obtained by Bulletin, is in response to probable FCC plans to eradicate remaining cross-ownership rules. The artists say that previous radio deregulation has backfired, resulting in "reduced marketplace competition, reduced programming diversity and the homogenization of playlists, reduced public access to the airwaves for local programming, and reduced public satisfaction with listening options."

The letter is a result of combined efforts by the Recording Academy, the Future of Music Coalition, the Recording Artists Coalition, and other groups. It carries signatures by Jackson Browne, Jimmy Buffett, Don Henley, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Stevie Nicks, DJ Spooky, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, and others.

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