They argued that the commission should still fight against media consolidation even though many consumers are now getting their news online.
"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 SandersPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks Sanders, Manchin escalate fight over .5T spending bill Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan MORE (I-Vt.), Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellSenate Democrat calls on Facebook to preserve documents related to whistleblower testimony Biden says he has directed DOJ to focus on violence from unruly airline passengers Looking to the past to secure America's clean energy future 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.