The US Federal Communications Commission will not appeal to the Supreme Court over an appeals court ruling earlier this year that rejected its new liberalized ownership regulations.

In the face of widespread opposition across the political spectrum, the relaxation would have permitted already powerful media conglomerates to grow even bigger.

But in June the FCC's decision was overturned by the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which found that the agency failed to justify the raised ownership limits.[WAMN: 25-Jun-04].

The FCC was widely expected to appeal that decision - but to the surprise of many - has now decided not to do so. The announcement Thursday could explain the unexpected resignation earlier this week of FCC chairman Michael Powell [WAMN: 24-January-05]. He was a passionate advocate of raising the ownership limits.

Data sourced from Financial Times Online; additional content by WARC staff