A federal appeals court Friday upheld the Federal Communications Commission's hotly debated decision to abolish the Fairness Doctrine, the longstanding policy requiring broadcasters to present both sides of controversial issues.

However, the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit left open the possibility the doctrine could be reinstated by Congress, and influential members wasted little time in announcing their determination to do just that."The only effect of the court's decision is to make it all the more urgent that Congress enshrine the doctrine in law and we already are taking steps in that direction," said Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees the FCC.