MMTC Files Intervention In Prometheus Case Vs. FCC Over Ownership Rules Review
June 24, 2014 at 4:37 AM (PT)
The MINORITY MEDIA AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL has filed to intervene in PROMETHEUS RADIO PROJECT's suit at the U.S. Court of Appeals over the FCC's ownership rules review.
The intervention repeats the assertion in MMTC's recent filing with the FCC that "the Commission failed to address over two dozen diversity proposals with reasoned analysis, despite two prior remands from the Court with instructions to address diversity proposals on the record within the Quadrennial Review proceedings."
The MMTC also charged that "the Commission has failed to justify its inaction on gathering the data necessary to move forward with a constitutionally sound eligible entities program. Instead, the Commission ignored the Court’s direction and reverted to the flawed eligible entities definition based upon Small Business Administration size standards." The filing also proposes that the MMTC will provide insight on how the restrictions on television joint sales agreements will affect minority ownership.
"(W)e believe that Commission’s failure to address minority and women ownership as being 'outside the scope of this proceeding' is clear error," the filing says, "and its continued 'kicking the can down the road' on issues of media ownership by minorities and women is indefensible. After repeatedly ignoring the Court’s directives on addressing diversity proposals and the eligible entities definition, the Commission once again proposed no new actions within the 2014 Quad Review that would increase participation by minorities and women in media ownership."