By Brendan Sasso - 12/14/12 05:31 PM EST
"Simply put, resting any justification to relax the Commission's media ownership rule on the growth of Internet news ignores the millions of Americans not yet online," they wrote.
The letter carries particular weight because the Energy and Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over the FCC.
Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders holding news conference to mark campaign's one-year anniversary Bloomberg targets Trump, Sanders in speech One year into his campaign, a look at Sanders's ascent in the polls MORE (I-Vt.), Maria CantwellMaria CantwellThis week: Congress on track to miss Puerto Rico deadline Week ahead: Senate looks to wrap up energy, water spending bill Senate, House face time crunch on energy bill MORE (D-Wash.) and Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) have also criticized the FCC's media ownership proposal, and 44 House Democrats sent a letter last week opposing the proposed changes.
Genachowski circulated a proposal with his fellow commissioners last month that would relax regulations that prohibit a single company from owning a TV broadcast station and a newspaper in the same market. The order would eliminate bans on newspaper-radio and TV-radio cross-ownership.
The FCC said last week that it would accept more comments on the proposal, postponing a vote until at least January.