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Bush Budget Includes $313 million for FCC

February 7, 2007
President Bush is asking Congress for $313 million for the Federal Communications Commission, with some going toward consumer outreach for digital TV.

UPI reports that line items in the 2008 budget request would cover include stepped-up enforcement against waste, fraud and abuse, a strategic effort to expand broadband service nationally and foster competition, promote media diversity, and beef up the public safety and Homeland Security departments.

The money also would be allocated for modernizing the FCC so it can become more efficient and effective, the submitted budget document said.

A portion of the budget request would be used to help to fund a proposed summer outreach program to educate the public about digital television. The television industry is scheduled to become fully digital by February 2009.

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