Encore: Copps, Adelstein Slam FCC Minority Ownership Proposals' Time Frame
August 1, 2007 at 4:26 PM (PT)
For the second day in a row, the FCC has released an ownership rules review order for comment, this time prompted by a motion from a coalition headed by the MINORITY MEDIA AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL with 16 other groups, that deals with minority ownership proposals. The Commission is looking for comments on 14 proposals from the coalition to increase minority broadcast ownership, 12 additional informal suggestions made at a NOVEMBER 6, 2002 meeting at the COMMERCE DEPARTMENT, and 17 more recommendations by the FCC's Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age. Commenters have until OCTOBER 1 to file, with reply comments due OCTOBER 16.
Copps, Adelstein: Comment Period Not Long Enough
As with yesterday's order, Commissioners MICHAEL COPPS and JONATHAN ADELSTEIN are upset with the limited time frame for comments. While agreeing with the Commission's long-delayed move to invite comment on the various proposals, COPPS and ADELSTEIN wrote, "We dissent to the inadequate time given for public comment. After mulling this over for almost one year, the Commission is all of a sudden in a hurry and it is the public that gets punished. Giving the American people only 60 days to comment on dozens of proposals is outrageous. Not only is it disturbingly consistent with yesterday’s action, it is also eerily reminiscent of former Chairman MICHAEL POWELL’s rush to judgment four years ago when he rammed through consolidation that would have, had it not been subsequently reversed, inflicted incalculable injury on AMERICA’s media.
"Now a new agenda seems to be brewing here. And whatever’s being cooked up, the public is not being given sufficient time to take a close look. Maybe someone’s worried that, once again, the public will spit it out."