MMTC Letter To FCC Focuses On Five Ownership Diversity Proposals
June 28, 2016 at 5:10 AM (PT)
In a letter to FCC Chairman TOM WHEELER, the MINORITY MEDIA, TELECOM AND INTERNET COUNCIL's Pres./CEO KIM KEENAN and President Emeritus/Senior Advisor DAVID HONIG pared the organization's proposals for increased minority ownership of broadcast stations down to 5.
The MMTC pulled back on 19 other proposals that it has asked the FCC not to circulate right now, with some being reserved for possible refiling at a later date.
The letter expounded on five specific ideas, including making the promotion of minority ownership an integral part of the earliest stages of major rulemaking by making sure the FCC has "thought about and asked about" the issue in advance and including questions about impact on minority ownership in the notice of proposed rulemaking or notice of inquiry; extending the cable procurement rule encouraging use of minority and female contractors by MVPD operators to broadcast licensees; a "tipping point formula" and "source diversity formula" to test whether independently-owned stations are viable beyond using just station counts within a market; development of a model for tradable "diversity credits" that minority owners could use in selling or merging stations; and establishment of a new Civil Rights Branch of the Enforcement Bureau.
Read the letter here.