42 House Democrats Protest FCC Ownership Review Timetable
October 25, 2007 at 1:29 PM (PT)
A group of 42 House Democrats led by Rep. MAURICE HINCHEY (D-NY) sent a letter to FCC Chairman KEVIN MARTIN protesting MARTIN's plans to speed up the ownership rules review process to bring the proposal to a conclusion by mid-DECEMBER.
The letter asked MARTIN to "immediately take steps to resolve significant shortcomings in your plan regarding accountability, transparency and scientific integrity." The letter told MARTIN that the writers "are highly alarmed by news that you plan to hold a commission vote on these proposed changes within the next two months. Such action would make public comment on the new rules impossible. After all of the controversy that this proceeding has generated over the past four years, we believe that another round of public commentary is essential before a final vote. At its heart, the debate over the future of media ownership in America is a debate over the future of our democracy. Therefore, we hope you will agree that the (FCC) must do everything it can to be able to honestly say that it is ending this proceeding after having considered every factor on behalf of the public whose airwaves it purports to represent."
The letter also criticized the 10 studies commissioned by the FCC as seriously flawed and without information on how the people assigned to do the studies were recruited.