MMTC Meets With FCC On Quadrennial Review Issues
January 24, 2013 at 12:01 PM (PT)
THe MINORITY MEDIA AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL has filed letters detailing the contents of ex parte meetings President DAVID HONIG and VP/COO MAURITA COLEY held with the FCC on JANUARY 22nd regarding the 2010 Quadrennial Review. The MMTC representatives met with Commissioners AJIT PAI and his Chief of Staff MATTHEW BERRY; Commissioner JESSICA ROSENWORCEL (with COLEY absent for that segment); Commissioner MIGNON CLYBURN and her advisors DAVE GRIMALDI and LOUIS PERAERTZ; Commissioner ROBERT MCDOWELL and his Media Legal Advisor ERIN MCGRATH (with NABOB Exec. Dir. JAMES WINSTON on hand); and Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI's acting Chief Counsel/Senior Legal Advisor ELIZABETH ANDRION aling with GRIMALDI and Media Bureau Chief WILLIAM LAKE.
Among the issues discussed were the proposed definition of "Eligible Entity" and MMTC's preference for the "not perfect" Overcoming Disadvantages Preference to the definition of "small business"; MMTC's acceptance of a "limited relaxation" of the cross-ownership rule to the extent that it does not, as applied, diminish minority ownership; the need to put the television Shared Services Agreement issue on the agenda for the 2014 Quadrennial Review; the MMTC's support for relaxing the rules restricting foreign ownership of broadcasting licenses; the need to move forward with ADARAND studies; and the need to act upon 47 pending media ownership proposals.