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Broadcasters are having a blockbuster year at the FCC

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser / Axios

A big year of wins for the broadcasting industry is about to get even bigger with a pair of votes at the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday.

Why it matters: Local television affiliates remain a popular way for many Americans to get their news. Deregulation has ushered in a new era of consolidation for those stations through the controversial Sinclair-Tribune deal and is good news for the broadcasting giants left standing. Broadcasters also want to take advantage of new technology to target viewers with ads to better compete with Facebook and Google.