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FCC will consider petition to outlaw R-word on public airwaves

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The Federal Communications Commission will consider a petition to outlaw the broadcast of the R-word on the public airwaves.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has previously said the word is offensive. Now the agency will act on a the petition submitted by law professor John Banzhaf.

Banzhaf is objecting to a license renewal for WWXX-FM, a Washington-area radio station whose controlling owner is NFL team owner Dan Snyder. The petition says the station repeatedly uses the word in a way that harms listeners.

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