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FCC wants to relax kids' TV rules for the Netflix era

A child's hand erases a TV screen that looks like a chalkboard
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Federal Communications Commission has begun the process of loosening requirements for children's TV programming, arguing that the old rules aren't needed in the era of kids-focused apps and streaming services.

The big picture: When it comes to kids' content, tech companies like Netflix, Amazon and Google have stolen huge market share from traditional media companies. Still, children's advocates say relaxing the rules for broadcasters may make it harder for families without reliable broadband access to find age-appropriate content.