FCC Commissions Study Of How Marketplace Serves Public's Information Needs
February 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM (PT)
The FCC has issued a Request for Quotation looking to commission a study of how the marketplace is serving the "critical information needs" of the public. The RFQ has been issued by the Media Bureau and the Office of Communications Business Opportunities, and is looking for a "literature review" of existing research to look at "how Americans meet their critical information needs; how the media ecosystem operates to address critical information needs; and what barriers exist in providing content and services to address critical information needs."
In addition, the OCBO and Media Bureau are soliciting suggestions for additional studies, with a deadline for suggestions of FEBRUARY 27th.
Commissioner MIGNON CLYBURN said, "Making certain that our policies promote access to information about how to respond to emergencies and health care threats as well as other critical information must be an absolute priority of this Commission. Further, does limited participation in the communications industry by women and minorities have an impact on whether all Americans have their critical information needs met? This Commission is committed to answering this question.
"With today's Public Notice, this agency takes another important step towards examining the current critical information needs of all Americans. This type of inquiry should have been a fundamental aspect of the Federal Communications Commission's policy strategy all along."